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Try Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Mint Salad For a Refreshing Summer Meal

Nutritional Info

16 grams
1 gram
36 grams

Note: These values represent one serving out of six.

Grilled chicken and watermelon salad. Photo by Casey Barber.

Recipe by Kinsy Rosati

Packed with protein, this dreamy go-to summer dinner is easy to make and family-friendly. Juicy grilled chicken and a sweet and refreshing seasonal salad capture the essence of summer without amping up the calories and carbs.

The chicken is marinated in a simple mixture that adds flavor and prevents dryness.

Watermelon season is May through September, depending on where you live, so it’s a tasty addition to any summer meal (or even a great dessert). As the name suggests, watermelon is a delicious way to get more hydration, plus it provides some vitamin C to keep your immune system strong as well as potassium, which aids in stabilizing your blood sugar levels. 

Arugula is an often-overlooked leafy green that works well as a salad base. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamin K, which is essential for bone health. With a slightly bitter, peppery taste, it’s complementary to the sweetness of the watermelon. A briny pop of feta cheese rounds things out and gives you a mouth full of flavor in every bite.

Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Salad

4 to 6
Prep Time
10 mins (+1 hour to marinate)
Cook Time
15 mins


For watermelon salad

For chicken


For chicken breast 

Whisk together marinade ingredients in a small bowl.

Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Place chicken between two sheets of parchment paper and using the back of a mallet or rolling pin, pound out the chicken breasts to ½-inch thickness. 

Place the chicken in a zip-top bag and pour in marinade. Squeeze out any air and zip the bag. Move the bag around and ensure that all chicken is covered with marinade. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour, or up to 2 hours. 

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Take chicken out of the bag, shaking off any excess marinade. Grill for about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and juices run clear. Remove from the grill and rest for five minutes.  

For watermelon salad 

You can prep the watermelon salad while you’re waiting on the chicken to marinate. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sherry vinegar, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and mint. Add the watermelon, cucumber and gently toss to coat.  Add the feta cheese and arugula and toss again.  

For serving

Plate the watermelon salad. Top with grilled chicken. Enjoy!


Leftover watermelon salad will keep in an airtight container for up to 24 hours and then may become watery. 

If desired, swap out arugula for leafy green such as baby kale or spinach.