Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep Time
20 Mins
Bake Time
7 Mins
Cool Time
15 Mins
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Mâche, a tender heirloom variety of lamb's lettuce, has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor, but the salad is equally good prepared with baby lettuces.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes or until completely cool.

Step 2

Combine watermelon and mâche in a large bowl; add vinaigrette, tossing gently to coat. Transfer watermelon mixture to a serving platter, and sprinkle evenly with pecans and cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

husband likes

May 11, 2015
Anytime I can get my husband to eat multiple servings of a salad, I know I have a winner. He asks for this salad. Awesome.

txkdietz's Review

August 16, 2010
I've made this salad twice, exactly as the recipe states (except for increasing the dressing quantity) and it is fantastic. I will definitely make again! A great summer salad - refreshing and delicious.

clydey's Review

July 01, 2010
This salad is unbelievable! My family LOVED it and everyone I have ever made it for has said it is the best salad they have ever eaten! It does sound strange, but try's the best!

haikuchef's Review

June 24, 2010
Every time I serve this, I get lots of compliments. It is very refreshing and easy to make. However,you must have a sweet watermelon and fresh mache. I have used gorgonzola and chevre successfully. I like the hot pepper jelly better than the mild...just gives it an extra kick.

jankirk's Review

June 16, 2009
this is so simple to prepare. friends call me a gourmet cook now. little do they know! this is one of the best salads for summertime. of course, I am sharing the recipe!