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Watermelon, Goat Cheese Over Arugula With Balsamic Reduction

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

A fantastically refreshing summer salad. Sweet watermelon, tangy goat cheese, peppery arugula and cool mint all tempered by a balsamic reduction. This salad is a winner with anything you decide to cook on the grill.

Difficulty: Beginner Preparation Time: 15min

Yields: 6-8 Servings Total Time: 25min


For the salad:
  • 3-4 pound seedless watermelon, ¾” dice

  • ½ red onion thinly sliced

  • 8 oz goat cheese, crumbled

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint

  • 6 oz baby arugula

For the reduction:
  • 8 oz balsamic vinegar

  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

Special equipment:
  • 12 oz plastic squeeze bottle



In a small sauce pan over a medium high heat add the vinegar and the sugar, stir to combine and bring to a boil. Let the vinegar reduce to a ¼ -1/3 of a cup, until thick and syrupy, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool slightly and pour into squeeze bottle.


Place half of the arugula in a bowl or on a platter, generously scatter half of the melon, onion mint, goat cheese and drizzle with about half of the balsamic reduction. Repeat with remaining ingredients and drizzle with the balsamic reduction right before service.

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