Watermelon and Arugula Salad

A patriotic Watermelon and Arugula Salad, a fun way to celebrate our Country’s birthday with a little playful appeal from the maple leaf cutouts.

atermelon arugula salad 1

With a mix of sweet and spicy and so refreshing, this salad comes together effortlessly. The prep work can be made ahead of time and tossed together when ready to serve. Always a plus in my book 🙂

Nowadays you can find pre-washed arugula in most grocery stores, however I do find the commercial brands to be somewhat milder in taste. My absolute favorite is the wild arugula which has a stronger peppery taste making it a great addition to everyday meals. It is super easy to grow…so my dad says! He keeps me supplied all summer long! Thank-you dad 🙂


  • 2 tbsp     extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp     balsamic vinegar
  •                  salt and pepper to taste
  • 1               bunch arugula, torn
  • 1/3 cup   thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 tbsp     chopped fresh mint
  • 2 cups     cubed watermelon

In a small bowl whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

On a serving platter, combine the arugula, chopped mint, sliced onion, and the cubed watermelon. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and gently toss together.

watermelon arugula salad 2

I used a maple leaf shaped cookie cutter to cut out some fun shapes with my remaining watermelon.

Yields 4 servings.

patriotic salad

Most of us will be out celebrating the birth of our nation on the 1st of July. Our day will be filled with barbecues and gatherings with family and friends. Regardless how you celebrate this holiday, have a safe, fun and festive Canada Day!


  1. Love the salad and maple leaf watermelon! Happy Canada Day Marisa! Have a lovely time! 🙂

  2. wow this is a meal i would definatly indulg in!!!! looks delicious!!!! perfect foor nice hot summer weather

  3. wow Marisa!! such a talent !!! I have tried watermelon in water crescent salad,but a maple leaf out of watermelon deserves celebration!!! Happy Canada Day!!!

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  5. I love those maple leaf watermelon slices, they’re the perfect touch! 🙂