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Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad in Jars

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One of my favorite summer salad combinations is watermelon with feta, balsamic, red onion and arugula. It's so refreshing and light, and perfect to make in jars to take to the beach or park (I keep them chilled in cooler).

One of my favorite summer salad combinations is watermelon with feta, balsamic, red onion and arugula. It’s so refreshing and light, and perfect to make in jars to take to the beach or park (I keep them chilled in cooler).

If you’re not familiar, making a salad in a jar is great when you want to pack a salad to go, complete with dressing. You layer the dressing first, then anything that won’t absorb the dressing and wilt (such as cheese and onions), then leave the most delicate salad greens at the top. To eat, shake the jar and pour it out onto a plate.

I live 10 minutes from the beach and always get mad at myself when I don’t have time to pack lunch because buying food at the beach is not cheap and the options aren’t always very healthy. I came up with this idea and made one for my friend Gab and she loved it! This is great as a light lunch, I recommend making as many as you plan on eating that day, or if you want to make this for a side dish in a large bowl, that would work too!

One of my favorite summer salad combinations is watermelon with feta, balsamic, red onion and arugula. It's so refreshing and light, and perfect to make in jars to take to the beach or park (I keep them chilled in cooler).

Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad in Jars

5 from 2 votes
5
Cals:170
Protein:4.5
Carbs:14
Fat:11.5
One of my favorite summer salad combinations is watermelon with feta, balsamic, red onion and arugula. It's so refreshing and light, and perfect to make in jars to take to the beach or park (I keep them chilled in cooler).
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
One of my favorite summer salad combinations is watermelon with feta, balsamic, red onion and arugula. It's so refreshing and light, and perfect to make in jars to take to the beach or park (I keep them chilled in cooler).
Total: 15 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
Serving Size: 1 jar

Ingredients

  • 4 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 3 oz crumbled feta
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1/4 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper

Instructions

  • Divide the dressing equally between 4 pint sized glass jars. Divide and layer the onion, feta, watermelon and finish with 3/4 cup arugula.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 jar, Calories: 170 kcal, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Protein: 4.5 g, Fat: 11.5 g, Cholesterol: 19 mg, Sodium: 281 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 10 g

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22 comments on “Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad in Jars”

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    Colleen Jensen

    I have made this recipe several times not using the jar. The flavors are so wonderful between the sweet watermelon and feta cheese and dressing. It’s a great summer salad and compliments any grilled meat beautifully.

  2. This salad is amazing! I was skeptical to try it because it seemed like an odd combination of flavors to me, but I’m so glad I did because it is so good! I was sending the recipe to friends before I was even done eating! I can’t wait to bring on the beach next week! Also, thank you for all your hard work in making the meal plans. I’m loving them!

  3. Such an easy and delicious side salad to serve with grilled chicken! Since I wasn’t going on a picnic, I simply layered all ingredients into a glass bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and turned upside down into a serving dish right before dinner. Perfect. Also, I used a reduced balsamic vinegar that I had from a previous recipe. Really made the other ingredients pop. Thanks for a great summer recipe!!

  4. My husband and I made these last night to take to work today. First, they are delicious! The flavors are perfection! BUT, I wanted to note that like Gina said in her post, this could be a “light lunch.” I would say it’s a VERY VERY LIGHT lunch if having alone and left me VERY hungry after finishing it at work today. I think if this is going to be a lunch salad that you should add some chicken in the mix. Not sure how it’d fit in the jar, so I’ll just plan to bring some in a baggie or container along with it!

    1. or you could just use a larger jar!
      a pint size salad isn’t going to be enough for a lunch by itself – it is only 170 calories!

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    Amy Willmott-DeVos

    If you wanted to add a protein like cooked chicken, what layer would that go into? Above or below the watermelon?

  6. WHY MUST YOU EAT IT THE SAME DAY ………. ?
    MOST MASON JAR SALADS ARE GOOD FOR A FEW DAYS IN THE FRIDGE. IS IT SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE WATERMELON ? ALSO, DOESN’T THE ONION OVERPOWER THE FRUIT ?? THANKS … WILL TRY IT AS WATERMELON & FETA & BALSAMIC ARE ALWAYS DEELISH !

    1. No the flavor is perfect. It may last longer, we ate them all so it’s hard to say how many days the watermelon lasts cut up.

  7. Can you use other types of lettuce. Don’t care for arugula.
    This salad looks yummy. Would love to try it with different lettuce.

  8. Question about this salad (and may be odd question)… but do you shake it up before eating it or do you eat it in layers?

  9. Good morning. Where can I buy your new recipe book from in New Zealand. They look so delicious.