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large bowl full of watermelon, blueberries, feta cheese on a table

Watermelon Chicken Salad

Bring watermelon onto your dinner plate with this easy watermelon chicken salad. It's made with sweet juicy watermelon, tender chicken, peppery arugula, salty feta, and chewy barley. This salad is summer on a plate, no doubt!
Course dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Rebecca


  • cutting board
  • knife
  • Measuring cups, spoons
  • Small Jar with Lid
  • Large Spoon



  • ¾ cup cooked barley
  • 2-4 ounces chicken cooked
  • 2-3 cups arugula
  • 1 cup cubed watermelon
  • handful blueberries
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 8-10 shelled pistachios chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Salad Dressing

  • 1.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • pinch salt


  • (Cook barley and chicken if you haven't yet)
  • Assemble salad by layering in 2-3 cups arugula in a large bowl or plate, then add ¾ cup cooked barley, 2-4 oz chopped cooked chicken, 1 cup chopped watermelon, ½ cup chopped cucumber, 2 tablespoons minced red onions, chopped pistachios (8-10 nuts), and 1-2 tablespoons crumbled feta on top.
  • Make salad dressing by pouring 1.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar into a small jar (with a lid), then add 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon dijon, and a pinch of salt to the jar. Tightly seal lid, and shake until all incorporated. Dress salad just before serving. Enjoy


  • Cook a heaping ¼ cup of uncooked barley ahead of time, or use quick cooking/frozen barley.
  • Use rotisserie chicken or precooked frozen chicken to save time.
  • Thinly sliced zucchini would also be great in this salad.
  • Make extra salad dressing to make additional salads this week