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A salad piled high with sticky sweet balsamic chicken and watermelon.
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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!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 478kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 1004mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 7710IU | Vitamin C: 25.5mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2.9mg