Watermelon Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette

Watermelon Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette | cookiemonstercooking.com

I am fully convinced that I am going to turn into a watermelon. Really, it’s going to happen.

The last few weeks I’ve gleefully bought a watermelon each week at the food store and then immediately proceeded to cut it up as soon as I get home. And because I am impatient I start stuffing my face right away before the container can even be put in the fridge to chill for a bit. Even though cold watermelon is better than room temperature watermelon, I can’t help myself. It’s just so good.

So by the end of the summer it is very likely that I am going to be one giant walking watermelon. Now there’s a visual for you.

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I decided that I should maybe get at least a little creative with all my watermelon consumption and so this salad was born. The idea came from something I ate at a local restaurant, although once again I don’t even remember which restaurant I had it at. All I know is that it was last summer and that it has been sitting on my list of things to make for the blog since then (with a little note that said “MUST MAKE SOON” – clearly I ignore my own notes to myself). Major fail because you need this in your life asap.

I know there are plenty of other watermelon salad recipes out there, but gosh is this one awesome. Cold, sweet watermelon, sprinkled with feta, peanuts and arugula, and then drizzled with a sriracha vinaigrette.

Sweet, salty and just a hint spicy all in one. Pure perfection.

Watermelon Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette | cookiemonstercooking.com

Although who are we kidding, watermelon is perfection all by itself too.

Watermelon Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette
Yield: 4 servings
For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil
For the salad:
  • about 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • about ⅓ cup packed arugula, chopped
  1. To make the dressing - add the sriracha, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Add in the olive oil and whisk vigorously until smooth. Set aside.
  2. To assemble - divide the watermelon among the four serving plates. Sprinkle each with some of the feta, peanuts and arugula. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing and serve immediately.
I had dressing leftover - it’s great for other salads!

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  1. Wow this is certainly different! I love Sriracha–but pairing with watermelon is something I’ve got to try. Thanks for new ideas!

  2. I love watermelon and sriracha vinaigrette ! i love photography

  3. Oh my I love watermelon and this salad looks great. Don’t worry I ignore notes to myself all the time and then 12 months later wonder why I did that!

  4. Watermelon and sriracha?? What a GREAT combination. My family just got back from Disney World and one of my favorite dishes was this Watermelon rind salad from Boma at the Animal Kingdom. It was amazing!! This dish kinda reminds me of that!! :)

  5. Now I know what to do with that leftover half-of-a-watermelon I seem to always have! Seriously, watermelon salad has got to be one of the most creative things I’ve ever heard of! Anything that has sriracha and feta in the same sentence as gotta be amazing. ;) Pinned.

  6. I never would have thought of this combo, but I bet it was amazing!

  7. I love that we both posted watermelon salads this week! Great minds think alike! Summer and watermelon just go hand in hand and there is something about the smell of watermelon that makes it impossible to resist! Maybe they should make a watermelon perfume :) I’m obsessed with sriracha and need to try your sriracha vinaigrette asap!

  8. This sounds like perfection. I grilled watermelons the other day and while I enjoyed it, there’s NOTHING like cold watermelon! I have a huge chunk in the fridge, and some feta, and peanuts…hmm! I’m definitely going to try this!

  9. I lug home my fair share of watermelons once it starts appearing! I get tired of chopping and prepping but I still buy them since it’s so good and one of the few fruits my son readily eats. Now this is a seriously unusual idea! Love the creativity!

    • Cutting them up is such a pain but I just tell myself I get to eat it the entire time I’m cutting! lol

  10. Ashley, This watermelon salad looks so delicious.. another amazing way to enjoy watermelon.. very refreshing and summery… love the vinaigrette… :)

  11. YUM!! I love watermelon feta salads!! Seriously… the best!! Perfect for a summer day! Looks delicious :)

  12. I love watermelon and sriracha! But, I’ve never had them together! Great idea!

  13. Please don’t turn into a watermelon! How will you type out your posts or create amazing recipes?! You won’t have thumbs. :O teehee but for reals though, Ashley, this salad looks so refreshing I could eat it all summer long!

  14. Really love that sweet and spicy punch you’re throwing with this recipe! Watermelon is such a summertime favorite so amazing post Ashley!

  15. I’ve been meaning to make some sort of savory watermelon salad too! Thanks for taking care of that for me :) As a self-proclaimed Sriracha addict, I absolutely MUST make this!

  16. I love watermelon and somehow by the time I finish cutting it up I’ve already consumed half of it by myself haha. Oh my gosh, and with that sriracha vinaigrette dressing? What an amazing combo!

  17. This has to be one of the most creative watermelon salads I’ve ever seen! Great use of that honey sriracha too. ;)

    I’m right there with you on having to dig into the watermelon right when you get home. It is SO good. You’ve officially sparked a craving for some!

  18. My husband and I LOVE watermelon salad. But it is weird I didn’t make any watermelon sale yet. I’ve gotta make it this weekend ;-)

  19. I have to confess, I grew up hating watermelon. I was the only kid that did, and people thought I was nuts. Over the past few years it’s been growing on me, because people are doing so many fun things with it…beer, appetizers, and salads like this. This sounds great as I love that whole sweet and spicy thing! :)

  20. This looks like the best watermelon salad I have ever seen! Totally love the sriracha vinaigrette! My brother is going to turn into a watermelon too so you won’t be alone! Sometimes on a really hot day he’ll eat nothing at all except a whole giant watermelon

  21. This salad sounds divine and super refreshing!

  22. Now this is a way I could learn to love watermelon!!! Just add sriracha! What a great idea! And the photos are beautiful too!

  23. I know what you mean about turning into fresh summer fruit, especially watermelon! I love the salty and spicy twist to this. If I can just stop eating watermelon long enough.

  24. I love watermelon salads too but this one is like none I’ve ever seen before! Pinning & can’t wait to try!

  25. I think I’m about to turn into a watermelon as well too! They’re just too good not to eat the all the time, aren’t they?? This combo sounds absolutely yummy with that sriracha vinaigrette! Love it! x

  26. Ohh, sriracha vinaigrette dressing! That takes this salad to a whole new level! I never would have thought to do that, but I can imagine how great the flavors are together! But yes, watermelon is perfect in anything, haha. This looks so refreshing and perfect for summer! :)

  27. I love watermelon but have never made it into a salad – this sounds like a great combo!

  28. Oh my, I’m with you on the watermelon Ashely! I’m an absolute watermelon addict. I ate 3 watermelons myself last week, I’m walking, talking watermelon. I honestly don’t know what my problem is.

    Anyhow, your version with a little sweet, a little salty and a little spice sounds even more perfect. Great for the 4th! Let’s spice up the watermelon this year!

    Is there such a thing as watermelon stock? Because I should buy some.

  29. I am always so intrigued by watermelon salads. This one looks beautiful, especially with the pop of green!

  30. I’m yet to put a watermelon in a salad. Keep them coming, I’m getting inspired every time…

    ela h.

  31. I love savoury watermelon recipes. I usually salt mine. This is such a cool idea with the sriracha dressing, I need a new way to eat sriracha!

    • I’ve never salted mine when snacking but I really should try considering I love adding salt when I have it in a salad, etc!

  32. sounds delicious! one year when i was growing up i ate an entire watermelon by myself in one weekend, just because i could. ha! i still love it which is good because my husband could take it or leave it!

  33. My husband looooves watermelons so there is definitely yet one more reason I need to buy some this week – to make this delicious salad!

  34. Totally refreshing and delicious!

  35. You can never have too many watermelon recipes! Love the sweet/spicy action, I’m a total sucker for that!

  36. Watermelon is my favorite summer dish! I eat it pretty much nonstop :) Love that you did a sriracha vinaigrette over this watermelon – so creative Ashley! Pinned :) Hope you are having a great week!

  37. Wow, sriracha vinaigrette?! This sounds like the perfect combination of flavors. And you can never have too much watermelon!

  38. What a perfect summer salad! Feta cheese and watermelon is such a wonderful combination. Love it!

  39. I’m picturing a watermelon with legs and arms. I just made watermelon coolers the other day. Oh how I love that melon. This salad is so creative. Pinned.

  40. I need good watermelon dishes to make like this one because I am completely addicted to the stuff!!

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