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Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad with Spiced Nuts

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad | Queen of Quinoa

Danielle, from  Against All Grain, posted this Watermelon Salad a few weeks ago and it sparked something inside of me. All of a sudden I was determined to eat the most watermelon I possible could. I wanted to use this summery fruit in new and creative ways. I started with smoothies, but wanted a salad similar to Danielle's but with a Vermont twist – the Vermont part being the delicious peppered goat cheese. So I made my own version of her salad, and boy was I glad I did.

In the past, I've always been one to buy watermelon when it's in-season. I mean, how can you not? It's so gorgeous – with the bright, juicy red center and festive green rind. It screams summer.

But I always eat my watermelon the same boring way. Cut into triangles with the rind on, or cut into chunks. Always out of tupperware. Always.

It was time to spice it up. Time to celebrate this glorious red gem for all its greatness.

Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad | Queen of Quinoa

I think my love for watermelon stems from our long, sunny beach days in Kennebunkport. This fruit was a staple in our lunch cooler, always perfectly refreshing when you're soaking up the sun, sitting under the hot sun all day.

It's like a wisp of air conditioning that flows through your mouth, immediately cooling your whole body down. Nothing better on a hot beach day.

But as we've gotten older, those days are becoming farther and farther in between. We're lucky if we get one weekend where we're all up there as a family. Those beach days of my childhood, where the days seemed to last forever and summers felt like it would never end, are harder to come by.

So this summer I made a pact with myself. I will take the watermelon from those joyous summer days and bring it to life in Burlington. My goal is to push myself outside of my tupperware boundaries and embrace this summery staple and all it's amazingness.

Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad | Queen of Quinoa

This salad is out of this world. Inspired by Against All Grain, it's sweet, fresh and bursts with summer deliciousness. The watermelon is a perfectly sweet contrast to the tangy goat cheese. And with the spiced nuts, it's like a bite of fresh summer air topped with a warm candied treat.

 

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Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad with Spiced Nuts

This salad is out of this world. Inspired by Against All Grain, it's sweet, fresh and bursts with summer deliciousness. The watermelon is a perfectly sweet contrast to the tangy goat cheese. And with the spiced nuts, it's like a bite of fresh summer air topped with a warm candied treat.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword goat cheese, spiced nuts, wartermelon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 341 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 4 – 6 oz goat cheese crumbled (we used pepper goat cheese)
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. First prepare the candied nuts by heating the oil in a small saute pan.
  2. Add the honey and heat for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the walnuts and spices to the pan and saute until caramelized and golden brown, about 2 – 3 minutes.
  4. Set the nuts aside and let them cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  5. In a large bowl, add the greens and top with watermelon.
  6. Sprinkle with the crumbled goat cheese and candied walnuts.
  7. Serve with balsamic vinegar and a dash of olive oil.

Recipe Notes

adapted from Against All Grain

Nutrition Facts
Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad with Spiced Nuts
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 193mg8%
Potassium 608mg17%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2665IU53%
Vitamin C 31.6mg38%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Forgot to mention that this dish clearly contains a lot more than 341 calories per main dish portion. I cut the number of walnuts in half and even reduced the goat cheese by a bit and MyFitnessPal still calculated it at very nearly 500 calories per portion.

  2. Enjoyed a yummy if somewhat undersized watermelon and goat cheese salad at a beer festival a couple of weeks ago in Cornwall, England and went looking for something similar but bigger to make at home. Watermelon and goat cheese unquestionably go great together. I added a drizzle of balsamic reduction as per the salad I’d eaten at the festival and also a topping of crisped up Parma ham. Husband had cleaned us out of smoked paprika so I substituted the usual stuff instead. Very yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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