Watermelon, Arugula and Feta Quinoa Salad

On Friday PW did a FAQ about the filming of the FN show.   She also mentioned that I catered the crew lunch and dinner.  I didn’t get to spend a lot of time on set since I was busy preparing lunch and dinner for 20 people but I thought I would share with you a few behind the scene shots.

Quinoa Salad

Although it was a lot of hard work and long, long hours it was fun getting to know the crew.  Some of the crew were local Okies and some had hopped the pond and came all the way from the UK.   By the end of the shoot we were all imitating the British accent and using words like rubbish, hob, and fab.

Quinoa Salad

Because we had to keep the kitchen or “set” as neat as possible we had to set up a makeshift kitchen in the mud room.  From the looks of the mozzarella on the table Tiffany is prepping for a pizza segment.

Quinoa Salad

Charlie was of course always on set and hard at work helping with direction and production.

Quinoa Salad

Out of the 20 people I had to feed twice a day for 14 days there was one vegetarian.   This posed a challenge to me because I alway had to think of a way to “beef” up the sides so they would be substantial for a vegetarian.   PW mentioned a quinoa salad and tandoori chicken. The chicken recipe will be coming but  I went ahead and made the quinoa over the weekend.

Quinoa Salad

It just happened that I found most of the ingredients at the farmer’s market this weekend, I took it as a sign.

First prepare 1 cup of quinoa according to package directions, set aside to cool.  If you need cool on the fly spread the quinoa on a cookie sheet and place in the fridge to cool.

Quinoa Salad

To make everything nice and uniform I used a 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter to cut out watermelon rounds and then sliced them in half to make half moons. You need about 2 cups.

Quinoa Salad

Place the watermelon in a strainer over a bowl to drain while you prepare the rest of the salad.

Quinoa Salad

While I was at the market I found this beautiful purple cherry tomatoes.  Slice 1 cup of cherry tomatoes into halves.

Quinoa Salad

If you are using baby arugula just give 3 cups a quick chop.  If your using grown-up arugula like the one I found here at the market remove the stem and tear the leaves.

Gather together, 1/4 cup of chopped kalamata olives, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 1/3 cup of crumbled feta cheese and 1/3 cup of small diced red onion.

Quinoa Salad

Whisk together lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and salt in a large bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and toss with dressing.

Quinoa Salad

TA-DA simple delicious and nutritious quinoa salad.

Quinoa Salad

I was amazed how this salad was so well received by meat eater and veggie eater alike.  It’s a simple dish that comes together in no time and perfect to take as a side dish to your next end of Summer BBQ.    It refreshing because of the watermelon and tomato but still filling because of the quinoa.

Print Recipe

Watermelon, Arugula, & Feta Quinoa Salad (4-6 servings)


  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups cubed (1/2 to 3/4 inch) seeded watermelon, drained
  • 3 cups baby arugula (3 oz)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup small diced red onions
  • salt to taste
Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.
Prepare quinoa according to package directions and set aside to cool. Once quinoa has cooled completely combine with remaining ingredients and toss with dressing until well combined.


  1. Judy says

    One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to food blogs is all of the people who leave pointless comments about how good something LOOKS instead of actually making it and telling you how good it TASTES. Well, we actually TRIED this recipe, so I’m not wasting page space with this comment. :-)

    This salad is very good. It has a nice balance of several prominent flavors and it is nice and light – great for a summer evening. My husband served out 1/4 portions and I would have been happy with half that much. So, for our family, this would have served 8 people comfortably. Thanks for posting it!

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