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Watermelon Salad

Filled with fresh watermelon, feta, cucumbers, mint and a delicious lime dressing. This watermelon salad is light, refreshing and full of summer flavors!

watermelon feta mint salad in a white bowl

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Watermelon is a summer staple at our house. We love slicing watermelon and eating it plain, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up. And this watermelon salad recipe is the perfect way to do that! It tastes super light, refreshing and is full of the best summer flavors.

This salad is sweet from the watermelon, has a great crunch from the cucumber and has notes of creamy feta cheese in every bite. It’s topped with a zesty lime dressing that pulls all the flavors together in the most perfect way. I just love how it’s full of vibrant colors too…so pretty! The ultimate fresh and delicious side dish for the summer time.

watermelon being scooped out with melon baller

Cutting or scooping the watermelon

There are two ways to serve the watermelon in this salad. You can either use a melon baller to scoop the watermelon out into balls, or use a knife to cut the watermelon into squares. My kids love the balls, but it does take a little bit longer. If cutting with a knife, just be sure to cut the pieces into small, evenly sized squares.

Watermelon salad dressing

You can definitely make this salad without the dressing, but I find that a little bit helps tie all the flavors together. It’s made with a simple mixture of olive oil, lime juice and sugar. The bright citrus flavor pairs wonderfully with the sweet watermelon and adds another layer of flavor. Trust me, the dressing is super simple to make and adds the perfect finishing touch.

sliced cucumbers on a white plate

Helpful tips

  • Seeds. The last thing you want are a bunch of seeds in your salad. Save yourself some extra work and look for both seedless watermelon and cucumber. I prefer to use English cucumbers, because they don’t have seeds and the skin isn’t waxy.
  • Cheese. I’d recommend using a block of feta cheese if possible. They tend to be more fresh, creamy and are usually less expensive. Just cut a small slice off the block, then use your hands to crumble it into small pieces.
  • Herbs. You can replace the mint with fresh basil if you prefer. Just make sure to chop it finely before adding into the salad.
  • Balsamic. This is optional, although I highly recommend adding a drizzle of balsamic glaze on top right before serving. It adds a great touch of flavor!
  • Extras to add in. Feel free to get creative with this salad. Try adding in diced red onion, sliced avocado or some fresh arugula for more greens.
  • Leftover watermelon. If you have any leftover watermelon to use up, try making my fresh watermelon smoothie or grilled fruit kabobs.

What to serve with watermelon salad

This dish tastes great served with your classic summer staples! Check out our favorites below:

Storing + make ahead

This salad tastes best if served the first day. Watermelon is a super watery fruit, so it won’t hold up too long in the refrigerator.

To make ahead: Simply chop the watermelon, cucumber and mint a few hours before serving. You can also whisk the dressing together beforehand as well. Right before serving, add chopped ingredients to a large bowl, along with feta and dressing. Toss and then serve!

watermelon salad with cucumber in white bowl

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watermelon salad with cucumber in white bowl

Watermelon Salad

5 from 11 votes
Filled with fresh watermelon, feta, cucumbers, mint and a delicious lime dressing. This watermelon salad is light, refreshing and full of summer flavors!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups chopped watermelon , juices drained
  • 1/2 english cucumber , seeded and sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese , crumbled
  • 2-3 Tablespoons mint leaves , chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Optional: Balsamic glaze, for serving

    Salt to taste

      Instructions

      • Cut the watermelon into bite size cubs. Then place the chopped watermelon, cucumber, feta and mint in a large bowl.
        cutting watermelon into cubes
      • Whisk together the olive oil, lime juice and sugar in a bowl.
      • Then pour over the watermelon and toss. Add a dash of salt. Drizzle balsamic glaze over top if desired.
        watermelon feta mint salad in a white bowl

      Notes

      This salad tastes best if served the first day. 
      To make ahead: Chop the watermelon, cucumber and mint a few hours before serving. You can also whisk the dressing together beforehand as well. Add the chopped ingredients and feta in a large bowl. Then drizzle with dressing, toss and serve. 

      Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.3mg
      Course: Salad
      Cuisine: American
      Author: Jamielyn Nye

      bowl of watermelon salad drizzled with balsamic

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