My brand new blueberry watermelon salad with mint and arugula is light, refreshing summertime deliciousness, y'all! Chopped fresh melon with backyard-grown mint, arugula and blueberries, tossed with an easy citrus and maple syrup dressing. Served cold in bowls to knock out the 'I can't believe it's this stupid hot today,' feeling. Yep and yay...
It's Backyard Spring Harvest Time Round Here Again...
May has been an exciting month for me in terms of backyard food bounty, y'all. Mark has really outdone himself this year, planting beautiful fruits, veggies, and flowers all around the yard. It's sooo lush and green out that we sit on our back patio in silence, in awe of the beauty of nature. And super appreciative of the clean, crisp tastiness of it all, too.
Well, I'm a watermelon lover. And truth be told, I internally measure how good a spring/summer was by how many ripe watermelons I've had. I've had three so far this year. So, I'm off to a really, really good start.
And, I'm also on top of the birds eating our blueberries situation we go through every year. So, I'm out there picking berries in the morning, munching on the occasional one, and wondering how I'm going to eat the rest. Well, the other day I had a vision for a blueberry watermelon salad while I was out picking. And since we also had freshly grown mint and arugula on hand, I thought it was worth a shot to put them all together.
So, I whipped up a super simple dressing. And with bated breath threw the rest of the salad together. Then, I sat down and tasted the blueberry watermelon salad with mint and arugula. And, I was super excited to learn that it tasted exactly like I thought it would.
Sweet from the fruits, mint and maple syrup, yet tangy from the pops of arugula and citrus. The juxtaposition of flavors was exactly what I was looking for in a summer salad. So, I knew I was going to share this one with y'all, too.
This blueberry watermelon salad with mint and arugula is what I'm going to be snacking on all summer. And, I think once you taste it, you'll likely be just as hooked on it as I am. Yep.
How to Make Blueberry Watermelon Salad with Mint and Arugula
Start the blueberry watermelon salad with mint and arugula by chopping about 8 cups of fresh watermelon. Then, gather the blueberries, mint and arugula:
Then, get the maple syrup, lime juice and zest, and olive oil ready:
And whisk it together to make the dressing:
Pour it all into a large bowl, and add salt to taste.
And that's it y'all!! The first thing you notice is the intermingling of the tart lime juice and zest and the sweet maple syrup. Then, the salt hits you on the back of your tongue, seasoning your palate for the fresh blueberry and watermelon fruits.
Then, alternating bites filled with sweet mint and/or sassy arugula surprise and delight your palate. By the time you get down to the bottom of the bowl, you're ready to tip it over into your mouth. And when you do, you experience the finale of tangy, syrupy deliciousness with one swift gulp.
A flavor symphony you'll want to repeat all summer long, this recipe is perfect for family time, picnics and cookouts.
Share this blueberry watermelon salad with mint and arugula with those whose love for you never, ever changes with the seasons. And see y'all on the yum side...
Blueberry Watermelon Salad with Mint & Arugula
For the Blueberry Watermelon Salad with Mint & Arugula
- 8 cups watermelon, chopped
- 1 ½ cups blueberries
- ½ cup mint, sliced into ribbons
- ½ cup arugula, sliced into ribbons
For the Watermelon Salad Dressing
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ⅛ cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice and zest of one lime
- salt to taste
- Toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Whisk the watermelon salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Pour the dressing over the salad, and use your hands or salad tongs to incorporate the dressing into the salad fully.
- Serve immediately for best results.