Filled with fresh watermelon, feta, cucumbers, mint and a delicious lime dressing. This watermelon salad is light, refreshing and full of summer flavors!
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.
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.
- 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:
- Grilled meat: This salad is the perfect light and refreshing compliment served alongside a big, juicy hamburger, grilled chicken or steak kabobs.
- Vegetables: Serve with more veggies like grilled corn or a mixture of grilled vegetables.
- Salads: Double the freshness with another potluck salad. I like this Mediterranean quinoa salad, orzo salad or pesto chicken pasta salad.
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!
More fresh summer salads:
- 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 sugar
Optional: Balsamic glaze, for serving
Salt to taste
- Place the chopped watermelon, cucumber, feta and mint in a large bowl.
- 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.