So I have a little confession about watermelon. I used to HATE it. That's a big deal considering I'm from the south and watermelon in the south is a summer staple. It's everywhere. I remember how my dad would buy huge watermelons, cut them in slices and eat the slice the same is if it were a slice of pizza. The juice would run everywhere and he would spit out seeds. He loved it. I thought it was messy, unappetizing, not sweet enough and there was just something about the texture that I didn't like. Can any of you relate??
As I have gotten older, my relationship with the watermelon has changed- or perhaps my palette has evolved. I discovered the seedless watermelon and learned how to determine if they are sweet (I use this method and it works about 90% of the time). I also learned that they are delicious in smoothies and especially salads. This salad has become one of my favorite summer salads. It takes 5 seconds to make, which I love, and it's just very refreshing. The lemon vinaigrette perfectly compliments the watermelon and peppery flavor of the arugula. The parmesan cheese adds a little salty bite and a hint of elegance.
Here is what you need and what to do:
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