Watermelon Feta Salad

5 from 8 votes

Watermelon Feta Salad is a refreshing summer salad that has a sweet-and-salty taste and so festive for summer cookouts, potlucks and picnics.

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So colorful and refreshing, this watermelon feta salad is a wonderful addition to any summer meal. Fresh watermelon, feta cheese, mint and cucumbers are tossed in a honey lime dressing for the ultimate sweet and salty bite.

Watermelon feta salad served in a large bowl with cucumbers and onions

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Watermelon: Use a ripe watermelon and cut it into cubes. Although it is tempting to buy ready cut watermelon, it’s best to avoid it for this recipe as it won’t be as juicy. Learn how to cut a watermelon with these step by step photos.
  • Feta cheese: The saltiness of feta cheese balances wonderfully when crumbled with the sweet watermelon. Goat cheese would also work really well.
  • Cucumbers: Sliced cucumbers add a great texture. This recipe uses smaller Persian cucumbers, but diced English cucumbers will also do the job.
  • Red onions: Red onions are milder than white or yellow and can be enjoyed raw in salads. Slice them finely so that they are not too overpowering. You could use sliced green onions as well.
  • Mint: Fresh mint leaves add a great burst of flavor. If you don’t like mint, basil, parsley or cilantro would also work great.
  • Dressing: Extra-virgin olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt and pepper.
Ingredients to make the recipe

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How to make Watermelon Feta Salad

  • Cube the watermelon and add to a large bowl.
  • Add in the rest of the salad ingredients.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
3 image collage to show how to make the salad
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
Pouring the dressing over the watermelon salad

Tips for making the salad

  1. Chill the salad before serving. Once you have tossed the salad together, let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the flavors to develop, and the watermelon will be nice and refreshing.
  2. Cut the watermelon into evenly sized cubes. They should be easy to eat and if they are a similar size they will mix more easily with the other ingredients.
  3. Toss the salad gently when you add the dressing. Be careful not to break up the watermelon.
  4. Use the freshest and best quality ingredients. This is a simple salad recipe, and it’s so delicious because of its freshness. Avoid ready-cut watermelon and make sure your veggies are super fresh for the best flavor.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it keep?

Once you have tossed the salad with the dressing, keep it covered in the fridge. It’s best eaten within a couple of days, but will keep well for up to 4. After two days, the watermelon and cucumber will start to lose their crunch, but it will still be good to eat.

Can you make this with other melons?

The vibrant color of watermelons are perfect for this, and they are so refreshing to enjoy in the summer. If you prefer though, other types of melons will work really well with the other ingredients in this recipe. Honeydew, galia and cantaloupe are all great choices.

What do you serve it with?

You can serve this watermelon feta salad by itself as a sit down appetizer, but it’s wonderful paired with chicken, seafood and lamb. Try it with:
Grilled Lemon Chicken
Honey Lemon Salmon
Chili Lime Shrimp

Close up shot of the watermelon cucumber salad

So simple but so perfectly refreshing, this watermelon feta salad tastes like summer! With crunchy cucumbers and fresh mint, every forkful is so delicious. It makes such a great side for cookouts and picnics.

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Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad is a refreshing summer salad that has a sweet-and-salty taste and so festive for summer cookouts, potlucks and picnics.
5 from 8 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Appetizer, Salad
Calories 266
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ½ large watermelon cut in squares (about 8 cups)
  • 1 Persian cucumbers sliced
  • ½ small red onion thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves plus more for garnish

Dressing

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the watermelon in a large bowl. Add the cucumbers, red onions, feta cheese and mint leaves around the watermelon.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt and black pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss gently to combine.
  • Garnish with more fresh mint leaves, and serve cold.

Notes

Storage: This salad should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep well for up to 4 days, but is best eaten within 2.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 411mg, Potassium: 534mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 2325IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 134mg, Iron: 1mg

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