Mint and Arugula Melon Salad

When I need to pamper myself, I think of spa-like, light meals, based on fresh fruits, nuts and salads.  A pretty presentation, nice ambiance, calming music and a glass of red wine for its heart-healthy antioxidants!

As I work for a major health care provider; I receive alot of information on staying healthy and keeping fit.  Much of our pain comes from inflammation.  Foods high in saturated fats, simple sugars and white flour actually trigger inflammation throughout our bodies.  Right now my body needs all the necessary vitamins, antioxidant rich foods, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fat to heal my hurt ankle and reduce the inflammation.

I’ve got a few weeks of healing ahead of me, so I’m planning on preparing lots of healthy dishes.  Not that I don’t always keep a healthy diet, just that I’ll be focusing more on these types than others.  The same goes for my physical fitness as bike riding will be replaced by swimming and yoga moves will be limited to floor positions than standing!

This melon salad is as pretty as it is tasty!  The light minty vinaigrette pairs beautifully with the melons.  A surprise bite of cucumber in the salad is an unexpected delight and the arugula adds just enough delicate peppery flavor.  As a side for breakfast, brunch or lunch it’s a bright and fresh compliment.  For a light meal, I added some walnuts to balance out the fruits natural sweetness.

 Mint and Arugula Melon Salad

1/2 small honeydew melon, cut in small cubes
1/2 small cantaloupe melon, cut in small cubes
1 large wedge of watermelon, cut in small cubes
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 cup fresh arugula
For the vinaigrette:
3 tablespoons light olive oil
1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon agave
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients.  Whisk to blend well.
In a large bowl, combine the honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and cucumber.   Pour in the vinaigrette and toss to coat.  Cover and chill for one hour.  Add the arugula to the chilled fruit bowl and gently toss.  Transfer to a serving bowl. Optional:  sprinkle on chopped walnuts.

31 thoughts on “Mint and Arugula Melon Salad

  1. I am excited to see what meals you are going to be writing! This looks absolutely mouth watering and I would love to see if they would benefit my condition! I hope your ankle gets to feeling better soon! Take it easy and take care 🙂

    1. Thanks, and most definitely you should consider the foods you consume. Basically it would be to avoid red meats, sugar, refined grains and full fat dairy, i.e, shoot for a healthy, clean diet!

  2. Oh I wish my comfort foods were healthy. That sure would save me a lot of extra workouts post pampering night. This looks so tasty and fresh. I’m thinking a great mid-week lunch once the kids start school. Yum!

    1. okay, I’ll be honest here, if I’m reallty needing stress reducing comfort, gelato is my go to! Followed by a much longer bike ride the next day!! This fruit salad was pampering!!

  3. I love arugula – I guess one could add some parmesan shavings too, or maybe a little parma ham to complement the melon, although it looks pretty great as it is! Very light and refreshing!

  4. Such a pretty salad that I that everyone will like. Adding cucumber, nuts and arugala is a nice twist. And the vinaigrette really makes it zing.

  5. Oh what a beautiful salad…I’d love to have some right now! I love arugula and melon! Your dressing sounds so delicious! Wishing you well with you hurt ankle. Feel better soon!

  6. Linda, I love this salad…lots of fresh fruits. I have all the ingredients at home…I can picture this salad for my dinner 🙂
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  7. Mmm, this looks great Linda! Very refreshing for summer and very nourishing too. I like your vinaigrette dressing with the combination of agave nectar and white champagne vinegar. I look forward to your recipes in the next few posts. Hope your foot is feeling better and have a great week!

  8. I love melon salad – one of my summer favourites, and you’ve done it up so well here. Your vinaigrette sounds wonderful and I really like the addition of rocket to the mint. (The tiny flecks of pepper show up so prettily in the photo!)

  9. This is beautiful! I’m in love with your photos… seriously good enough to eat! Do you ever put lemon basil in your fruit salads? I like to add it – it complements mint nicely (same family) and is tangy, citrus-y, yummy. Mmmm…

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