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Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad

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Watermelon on a salad like what is going on.

I've had this idea written up on my nice little kitchen chalkboard for at least three weeks now. The name “Watermelon Chicken Salad” sat there happily on the board right next to all my other random ideas, most of which have since gotten scratched off and erased and replaced with something new because I actually made them and posted them. For whatever reason, this little guy lingered. Another week would pass with no sign of a watermelon chicken salad, but for whatever reason when I'd clean off my board for the week, I really didn't want to erase the idea just yet. I had this premonition of great things to come.

Speaking of great things.

Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad with drizzle.

In the three weeks that “Watermelon Chicken Salad” has been staring me down from the chalkboard, I've bought 8 million watermelons with very good intentions, thinking that each of them would be the one I'd use to make some kind of inspired and beautiful salad. But then I discovered this drink instead and every single piece of watermelon since has been doomed for the blender. Or my mouth. Today I ate it for breakfast, which is so weird, but actually not as weird as watermelon in a salad.

And I have a really important question. Why is watermelon like candy? It's so incredibly good. Juicy, bright, sweet, red... it's basically large cubes of all-natural Jolly Ranchers. Have you ever frozen watermelon cubes? <— That. You're welcome.

So I got a really great bottle of balsamic and starting thinking about salads, and BAM. The inspiration for this salad finally hit and wowzzer. The long wait to actually make this combo happen was totally worth it. Here she is, in all her blue cheese crumbled, rainbow colored, crunchy almond, sweet balsamic glazed glory.

Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad in a white bowl.

Pinky promise, as I am writing this, I can hear Bjork's fork + plate clinking together at record speed as he is devouring this in the next room.

The salty blue cheese to me was the thing that tied it all together. You have the sweetness of the watermelon and the balsamic glaze, the savory of the seasoned chicken, the crunch of the almonds, the freshness of the spinach, and then that blue cheese. Oh, the salty, creamy tang that makes my heart go wild. I am making a weird “I LOVE IT” face right now as I'm writing this because I don't even really know how to describe what I'm trying to say - you get it, though, right? Through computer food osmosis, are we kind of experiencing it together?

Color, crunch, and yum. I want that to be the tagline of my life.

Pretty salad, come to mama.

Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad in a white bowl.
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Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad


This Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad has blue cheese, watermelon, almonds, herbed chicken, and a balsamic glaze. Simple and fresh.


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 teaspoons all purpose seasoning (I used a spice mix I got at a specialty food store)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups baby spinach or greens
  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup sliced or crushed almonds


  1. Pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the balsamic vinegar is significantly reduced and starting to become syrupy.
  2. Meanwhile, turn a grill or nonstick skillet to high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning on both sides and drizzle with the olive oil. Transfer to the hot grill and cook until no longer pink on the inside and nicely browned on the outside. Let rest for 5 minutes; cut into small cubes.
  3. Layer the spinach with the chicken, watermelon, blue cheese, almonds, and drizzle with the balsamic reduction to taste. Top with additional olive oil if desired.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: watermelon chicken salad, chicken salad, watermelon salad

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I have been seeing those whole watermelon + salad thang e’rywhere lately and have been DYING to try it. But, like this salad was for you, I just keep kinda of not trying it.
    With the whole balsamic and chicken addition, I think I am going to move it to the top of “Things I need to stop not doing” list and just make it already.
    P.s I can’t wait to try frozen watermelon – BEST TIP.
    P.P.S – I am LOVING your white photos lately – gorg! Pinned!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Who knew all that deliciousness can come from something so simple? Gorgeous shots too!

    I truly love watermelon in salads but heart is still with feta. Blue cheese and pear is the one for me.

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    I have never tried watermelon in a salad , much more with chicken. I bought this huge watermelon since I came back from the Philippines and we are smoothi-ing it lke crazy. This is such a change that I can try. Thanks.

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    OOOOH, I’ve never tried frozen watermelon so I’ll have to get on that. This salad is gorgeous and the ingredients sound amazing together. I’m sorry you waited so long but glad you didn’t erase it before making it. YUM! Pinned 🙂

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    I have also been on a watermelon kick…can’t get enough and now I have another way to enjoy it. Looks SO yummy!

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        Thanks Lauren! After all that talk about pour shots last week I figured I should include a little drizzle action. 🙂

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Love it! This one goes to the daughter in college! Watermelon for breakfast? Yes, ma’m! It’s fruit isn’t it? I’ve been known to have a bowl of homemade ice cream for breakfast…after all it has eggs in it! 🙂

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    I haven’t bought one watermelon this summer yet – what am I thinking?? I think I need to go out and purchase a large one for this amazing salad and that delicious looking drink. YUM!

    I am in love with the white photos, Lindsay – gorgeous! 🙂

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    I had most of the ingredients for this recipe so I made it. I used feta for blue cheese and salt and pepper for all purpose seasoning. The balsamic vinegar is a great topping for this flavorful salad. Looking forward to having it for lunch!

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    Looks unreal! I have been obsessed with watermelon this year. I made a watermelon and tomato salad with a balsamic dressing which was amazing. The watermelon and tomatoes look very similar when dressed, so you don’t know what you’re going to get!

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    I’m on a huge balsamic kick myself these days…it just can’t be beat! And I love, love, love the idea of balsamic and watermelon – genius!

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    Love watermelon salads (although have never thought to add chicken), and LOVE Oliviers & Co. balsamic. Their Premium Balsamic of Modena is the most amazing thing in the world. I could drink the stuff it is so delicious. I usually won’t ever cook with it because it is so good straight, but maybe I will try it here!

  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    I am crazy about watermelon salads! LOVE LOVE LOVE! This one looks so simple, but so yummy, thanks for posting Lindsay.

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks so refreshing! I never would have thought to put watermelon on a salad, but I can totally imagine how great of a compliment it would be with the balsamic. Might have to put this on the menu for an upcoming cookout!

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    I’m with you – watermelon is like candy. I just made a Watermelon Feta Salad last week, and at almost half of the watermelon before I could even measure out enough to create the recipe. Ha!
    This looks fabulous!! Blue cheese + watermelon… yes, please!

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    Just watched a video last night of a man cutting up a watermelon into cubes in under a minute. I hate cutting watermelon! But now I have a reason to test out his process – because of THIS SALAD! Love the flavour with the balsamic, so summer.

    If you’re a cheese fan, here are some words on some consumed last night:

    Hope you enjoy!