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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  1. Looks delicious and I love the new blog design! So what is your method to picking a sweet watermelon? Do tell, I need help. :)

  2. Looks so good! I love watermelon this time of year, so refreshing.

  3. This is one of my all time favorite salads!!! I think I made this one around 50 times not only throughout the summer but during the winter too. My hubby is so tired of it. Its a staple around here for sure!

  4. I've never tried watermelon in my salad but this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. YUM! What a great and interesting combination...perfect for summer. That looks like it belongs on the cover of Bon Appetit!

  6. I'm addicted to watermelon salads this time of year. Great pictures.


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