Watermelon salad

Watermelon Salad with Spiced Pecans is a perfect dish for your next picnic or cookout.


Here’s a quick and easy salad supper for weekend cookout or anytime. 

It’s a vegetarian meal that can be made ahead and is easy to take on picnics or serve on your patio. The juicy watermelon, crunchy spiced pecans and manchego cheese lend a contrast of flavor and texture to the salad.

The spiced pecans keep well. Make extra and store them in an airtight box at room temperature. Use them on other salads, on pasta or to serve as a snack or with drinks.


• Watch the butter and brown sugar as they melt to make sure the sugar doesn’t burn.

• Any type of lettuce can be used for the salad.

• Any type of hard cheese can be used.



1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Pinch cayenne pepper

Pinch salt

1 cup whole pecans

4 cups Romaine lettuce, 

    washed and torn into 

    bite-size pieces

1 cup arugula

1 cup seedless watermelon


3 tablespoons reduced-fat 

    oil and vinegar dressing

1/2 cup shaved Manchego 


Melt butter and sugar in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the sugar has mostly dissolved, add the cayenne pepper, salt and pecans. Stir constantly for 2 minutes. Do not let the pecans burn. Set aside to cool a few minutes.

Arrange the lettuce and arugula on 2 plates. Sprinkle the watermelon cubes and spiced pecans over the lettuce. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Sprinkle the shaved cheese on top.

Yield 2 servings.

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