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arugula salad with mozzarella, avocado & watermelon

arugula salad with mozzarella, avocado & watermelon

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small salads 1x
  • Category: salad


this easy & delicious salad combines peppery arugula with creamy mozzarella & avocado and juicy watermelon for a warm weather salad you’ll want to make over & over again.



For the Basil Oil:

  • 2/3 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

For the Salad:

  • 34 large handfuls arugula
  • ~10 red onion rings, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup ciliegine cheese, whole or halved
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced seedless watermelon
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil & balsamic vinegar or glaze


For the Basil Oil:

  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.  Set aside (you’ll have more than you need for this recipe so feel free to use in other recipes!  it’s delicious drizzled over chicken, fish or in a tomato, mozzarella salad!)

For the Salad:

  • Place diced tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl with about 1/3 of the basil oil.  Set aside.
  • Meanwhile combine arugula, watermelon, onions and avocado in a large bowl and toss gently with olive oil, balsamic, salt & pepper.
  • Drizzle with additional basil oil as desired and serve with a hearty roll.

Keywords: arugula, watermelon, mozzarella, avocado, basil oil, olive oil and balsamic glaze

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