Easy Paleo Watermelon Salad with Roasted Almonds & Fig Balsamic Dressing

Watermelon salad?? I know what you’re thinking, “hmm, that’s a little different.” Well it is, but in a totally fun and delicious way. Adding watermelon to a salad is so refreshing and summery. This watermelon salad with roasted almonds and fig balsamic dressing will be your new best friend, I promise! The fresh greens paired with the juicy watermelon slices, luscious figs, crunchy cucumber and toasted almonds is a match made in heaven!

Easy Paleo Watermelon Salad with Roasted Almonds & Fig Balsamic Dressing

I used raw almonds from my grandfather’s farm here in Northern California. They make this salad feel even more special. I love adding them to my recipes whenever I get a chance. If you have access to quality almonds, definitely use them in this salad. Using the freshest ingredients possible will make this salad really shine.

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I also love the figs and fig balsamic dressing in this salad, figs are one of my favorite summer fruits along with watermelon. They remind me of my grandmother because they were her absolute favorite. As a kid I never understood why, I really hated them (shhh, don’t tell anyone)! As I grew older and my taste buds changed (for the better), I fell head over heels in love with them! I just found a fig tree in my neighborhood and foraged these beautiful ones right off the tree. I absolutely love all the fresh produce in the summertime!

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One thing I love about watermelon is that it’s about 90% water, so it’s great for keeping hydrated in the summer heat. I’m not sure about where you live, but summers here in the Sacramento valley are HOT, HOT, HOT. Watermelon anything in 100 degree weather always makes me a happy camper!

Easy Paleo Watermelon Salad with Roasted Almonds & Fig Balsamic Dressing

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

    For the salad:
  • 4 cups salad greens
  • 2 cups sliced watermelon, rind & seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons Jicama, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 figs, quartered
  • 1/4 cup almonds, toasted
  • 2 persian/cocktail cucumbers, diced
    For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fig balsamic vinegar (I used Kasandrinos)
  • a few pinches of pepper
  • a few pinches of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread almonds onto a baking sheet & toast for 5-8 mins.
  3. Set aside to cool while you prepare the dressing.
  4. Add dressing ingredients to a container with a lid & shake to combine.
  5. Place salad greens into a large bowl & toss with the dressing.
  6. Divide greens between 2 plates.
  7. Roughly chop toasted almonds & chop up other components of the salad.
  8. Top salad with the remaining ingredients & enjoy!
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This salad is whole30 friendly and pairs beautifully with any meal. Not to mention, it’s super easy to make but looks like something you would see served at a fancy restaurant. Go ahead, impress all your friends and family, just don’t tell them how simple this salad really is to whip up! And don’t forget to pin it for later so it’s easy to find! Happy summer!

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