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Watermelon Salad

The best summer side dish is here! Watermelon Salad with feta cheese and cucumbers gets a boost of flavor from fresh herbs and lime. Cool and refreshing on a hot day!

Watermelon salad with feta, cucumber, mint, basil, and lime juice in a white bowl.

I’ve written before about how much watermelon my family eats in the summertime. It’s our favorite summer time snack, not just for picnics and barbecues but day in and day out!

Nothing hits the spot on a hot day quite like a cold juicy slice of watermelon.

Last week, I resisted the temptation to do what I usually do and eat all the watermelon before I can turn it into a recipe. I was in the mood to do something a little different with it and try the pink fruit in salad form.

Favorite Watermelon Recipes: Watermelon Salsa | Watermelon Slush

Watermelon is a common addition to fruit salads, but I have to say I like it even more in this side dish that’s part sweet, part tangy, part savory and packed with fresh flavor.

Watermelon Feta Salad

This salad starts with freshly cut watermelon and cucumber. Add in a few handfuls of fresh basil, mint and a squeeze of lime juice and you have a tasty side dish.

The final ingredient though? That’s what brings everything together into something spectacular.

Bites of feta cheese tossed with the fruit, vegetables and herbs create a Watermelon Feta Salad that’s impressive enough to serve at a dinner party but easy enough for a weekday meal. Win-win!

Watermelon salad in small white ramekins for serving.

Tips for choosing a good watermelon

Since we buy at least one watermelon a week during the summer months, I’ve become familiar with how to sort the juicy flavorful melons from the watery bland ones. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a dozen pounds of bland fruit.

WEIGHT. A watermelon with lots of juice will feel heavy compared to its size.

FIELD SPOT. This is the area of the watermelon that was touching the ground as it grew.

A ripe watermelon will have a yellow field spot on one side. The darker it is the longer it was left on the vine and, chances are, the sweeter it’ll taste.

If the spot is white, run! Okay, I’m exaggerating. Just put it back down and don’t buy it! A white spot indicates that the watermelon was picked before its time.

The riper and sweeter your watermelon, the better this Watermelon Feta Salad tastes!

What cucumbers to use

Along with the watermelon and feta, the cucumber is one of the most important parts of the salad. These days there are so many cucumber varieties to choose from at the grocery store or farmer’s market.

English Cucumbers are my preference for using in Watermelon Salad. They’re free of the waxy coating that you find on many other grocery store varieties. No need to peel them!

Of course, just like with Watermelon freshest is best! Choose one that feels firm with no soft spots or bruises.

Watermelon salad in a white bowl with feta, cucumber, lime juice and herbs.

How long does Watermelon Salad keep?

Any leftover salad should be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge. It’ll keep well this way for 3 or 4 days.

I enjoy how the dressing and the herbs have a chance to marinate and mingle when kept in the fridge for a day or so. You will, however, lose some of the crunchiness of the cucumber and watermelon if it sits longer than 2 days.

Dressing

In my Watermelon Salad, I used a very simple dressing made from just lime juice and olive oil. I found the watermelon was plenty sweet on its own and I loved how the citrus in the lime helped balance everything out.

Want a sweeter dressing? Make a variation on this by adding 1 – 2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar to the lime and olive oil.

Can you use lemon? I haven’t tried making this with lemon instead of lime juice but I’m sure substituting an equal amount of lemon juice for the lime in this recipe would taste good! I happen to just adore the lime + mint combination.

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Feta Cheese

I’m starting to think feta cheese and watermelon were made for each other. A crunchy bite of watermelon followed by soft and savory Feta is the taste of perfection.

You can add the feta to the salad in cubes (diced) or crumble it up. Both ways are delicious!

This salad recipe calls for 3 ounces of feta. That’s about the same as a pair of standard size dice. Once you make the Watermelon Feta Salad once you can feel free to adjust the amount of cheese in the salad based on your liking.

Watermelon salad with ingredients in a white bowl before stirring.

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Yield: 6 servings

Watermelon Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

The best summer side dish is here! Watermelon Salad with feta cheese and cucumbers gets a boost of flavor from fresh herbs and lime. Cool and refreshing on a hot day!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 3 oz feta cheese, diced
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice the watermelon and cut into 1 inch cubes.  Add to a bowl.
  2. Add cucumbers, basil, mint, and feta cheese.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, juice of 1 lime, and stir gently until combined.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve

Notes

    • Store leftovers in airtight container for 3-4 days.
    • Using English cucumbers is best, as they don't have the wax coating that regular cucumbers have. If using regular, remove skin and seeds.
    • 1 oz of feta cheese is about the same as a pair of dice. You can use the feta cubed, or crumbled on the salad.
    • Add 1-2 Tbsp of honey to the olive oil and lime juice for a sweetened dressing.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Serve Watermelon Feta Salad as a side dish for all your summer dinners or enjoy it on its own as a light refreshing lunch. Don’t forget to pour yourself a big glass of lemonade too!

Aimee

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