Easy, refreshing, and ready for hot-weather enjoyment, summer’s most quintessential superfood salad is filled with crisp fruit, peppery veg, and fresh flavors. Believe it or not, watermelon makes a surprisingly good companion in salads, offering a generous juiciness that’s reminiscent of a cucumber (which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise really, considering they’re botanically related!).
Additionally, watermelon is a surprisingly beneficial functional food (and is even listed as one of the top everyday brain-boosting foods in Smart Plants). That’s because it contains high amounts of several micronutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and several B vitamins. What’s more, watermelon is an exceptional source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant touted for its protective heart and brain benefits. You may know tomatoes as a famously a good source of lycopene … but watermelon actually contains 40% more of this special antioxidant!
Research shows lycopene is better absorbed by your body when combined with healthy fat, so pairing watermelon in a salad like this one that’s naturally full of monounsaturated fats and omegas is truly ideal. We also add ample amounts of fresh arugula, an exemplary superfood that’s often used to improve bone health, reduce inflammation, detoxify the body, and more. And when tossed with a homemade lemon-chia vinaigrette, all our fresh flavors really come alive.
The final secret to this epic dish is the exceptional Almond Ricotta—yes, the recipe we shared last week—which pulls this recipe over the top into “can’t stop eating” levels. The ultimate result is a fully sophisticated (yet exceptionally easy) dish that is sure to impress … and invigorate.
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WATCH HOW WE MAKE OUR WATERMELON-ARUGULA SALAD:
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WATERMELON-ARUGULA SALAD PREP TIPS:
Sure, salads are simple by nature. Still, a couple small details can ensure the most impressive outcome.