Watermelon Salad with Ricotta Salata melds savory and sweet with crisp sweet watermelon, peppery arugula and shaved ricotta salata. This cool and refreshing dish will be your go-to summer salad.
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links to products I adore and trust in my kitchen. This recipe originally appeared on Cooking in Stilettos in July 2009; it has been updated to reflect the changes I have incorporated over the years as well as new photos. It’s still one of my absolute favorite summer salads and often requested by friends and family.
This Watermelon Salad with Ricotta Salata is one of my absolute favorite summer salads and is often requested by friends and family. How it came about is all due to a bit of inspiration courtesy of Food Network.
There’s a reason why I cannot watch Giada de Laurentiis’ travel show on the Food Network – namely because it puts ideas in my head of different flavor combinations and then I turn into the kitchen chemist with a theory of “little bit of this” and “let’s put in some more of that” and I don’t measure. Ugh!
Anywhoo – Giada happened to be visiting the Hamptons on this particular episode and she had a watermelon salad with some ricotta salata, red onion and arugula. Wait – did she say my favorite green – arugula? My ears perked up, I rewound the DVR and paid attention, notebook in hand. What a great idea! I am not too fond of feta and, since ricotta salata was mentioned as being similar, I figured, why the heck not. I keep most of the ingredients in my fridge anyway – all I needed to pick up was the cheese and the mint for the 4th of July soiree….