This Watermelon Balsamic Chicken Salad SCREAMS summer! Cool, vibrant watermelon is layered with sticky sweet balsamic chicken, and then topped with pickled onions, walnuts and a sprinkling of mint for a sophisticated and delicious summer meal.
I’ve been wanting to make a watermelon salad for a long time! Years, maybe.
Watermelon is one of my favorite things to eat. Crisp, refreshing and sweet. Maybe not a typical salad ingredient, but I have a feeling this Watermelon Balsamic Chicken Salad will change your mind about that!
If you love watermelon as much as I do, you should also try this Ruby Red Granita.
I’ve seen watermelon chicken salads before, and they always have some type of cheese on them. I am not a huge fan of cheese, believe it or not! I use it sparingly in my kitchen.
I knew to blend together the flavors of watermelon and chicken, I would need some sort of salty component. I’ve been drooling over Nocrumbsleft’s Marinated Red Onions for a while now, so it was time to make my own. I adapted her recipe, because I wanted them to be salty! The onions turned out so good, I’m dreaming up what I can marinate next — and I have a few great ideas!
If you haven’t tried one of my Balsamic Chicken salads before, now is certainly the time to give it a whirl! I cook chicken more this way than any other method. The vinegar not only leaves a sticky sweet sauce coating the chicken, but also makes the chicken so tender. If you’re not feeling this watermelon salad (why not?!), then I recommend my Balsamic Glazed Chicken Salad or my Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Millet Greek Salad — both refreshing summer options as well.
If you’re wanted to cook outdoors because of the heat, I understand! You can still have this salad. Either BBQ your chicken, and use a store bought balsamic reduction, or try the method in this Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Strawberry Cucumber Salad.
Tips for Watermelon Balsamic Chicken Salad
- Make it Paleo/Whole30: This recipe is Whole30 compliant as written. Be sure not to sub a store bought balsamic glaze because most contain added sugar.
- For the Family: Xander’s favorite thing to eat in the world is watermelon. I gave my toddler this salad without the lettuce or onions. He loves chicken cooked this way.
Watermelon Balsamic Chicken Salad
This summer salad is full of all my favs — sweet, juicy watermelon, sticky glazed balsamic chicken, and topped with pickled onions, mint and walnuts. Sophisticated, but very easy!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb chicken breasts skinless
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped
- 6 cups watermelon cubed
- 1/2 cup fresh mint finely chopped
- 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
- marinated red onions
Marinated Red Onions
- 6 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp oregano dried
- 1/2 red onion large, sliced thinly
- 2 1/2 cups water
Prepare marinated onions by adding all ingredients to a jar, shaking to mix, and then allowing to marinate refrigerated for at least an hour, but over a day is better.
To prepare balsamic chicken, add olive oil to a pan and heat over medium high heat. Add chicken breasts, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Brown both sides, and then add balsamic vinegar. Lower heat to just below medium, and continue to cook until the vinegar is a thickened glaze and chicken is cooked through. Chop chicken to add to salads.
Add lettuce and watermelon to plates. Add chopped balsamic chicken, and then top with chopped mint, walnuts, and marinated onions. Drizzle salads with the marinating liquid from the onions for more flavor, or add water to the pan to thin balsamic glaze, and drizzle salads with the leftover glaze.
Other Watermelon Recipes:
- Spinach Salad with Roast Chicken, Watermelon, Strawberries and Feta, by Simply Fresh Dinners
- Watermelon Gazpacho, by The View from Great Island
- Watermelon Pizza, by Choosing Chia
- Almost Instant Ruby Red Granita, by Vitamin Sunshine