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Watermelon Salad

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 The combination of the incredible sweet watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh herbs might seem simple but will taste just like summer.

This potluck-friendly watermelon side dish is equally delicious as lunch, and this recipe might be your new favorite way to enjoy this uber-popular summertime fruit.  

large bowl of watermelon salad and wooden spoon.

Why you will love this Watermelon Salad

Sweet & Salty Side Dish Recipe – Typically paired with BBQ, the flavorful lemon and mint paired with tart and rich feta cheese are a playful balance that will be the talk of the picnic. 

Fresh Summer Fruit – Watermelon is highly known for its refreshing taste. Perfectly juicy, a beautiful color, and readily available in the summer, this fresh summer fruit is one of the most well-known and well-loved ingredients. 

Our thoughts on this viral watermelon and cucumber salad recipe. 

Feta + Watermelon + Mint is always delicious. But this salad is next-level flavor!

I don’t know what it was, but the lemon and basil just added a good flavor, kind of a little sweet. It was interesting and good.

Salad Ingredients:

  • Seedless watermelon, rind removed and cubed – I used half of a large, juicy watermelon for this. I think you could get away with making it with a whole “personal” watermelon, too.
  • crisp cucumbers
  • feta cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • lemon
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh basil
pouring dressing on watermelon salad.

How to make Watermelon Feta Salad

  1. Place ripe watermelon cubes, chopped English cucumbers, and salty feta cheese into a large bowl and mix well.
  2. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, mint, and basil and whisk well.
  3. Pour over the fresh watermelon and crunchy cucumber mixture and mix well to evenly coat.
  4. Serve this refreshing salad immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
watermelon, cucumber, lemon and herbs to bowl.

Summer Salad Tips

Use a melon baller over cubed watermelon for a perfect side dish. Melon ballers work perfectly in a variety of other sweet melon fruits like cantaloupe and honeydew, and combing all these fruits together in one refreshing watermelon salad can be a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. 

Not a fan of feta cheese but still want to enjoy the perfect summer salad with watermelon? Try changing out Greek feta cheese for rich but tame goat cheese. 

Turn fresh watermelon cubes into grilled watermelon before adding to salad. 

You can cook the watermelon rinds too! 

easy watermelon side dish recipe.
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Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cubed fresh summer watermelon paired with salty geek feta cheese, mint leaves, basil leaves and a homemade lemon dressing. A perfect watermelon side dish recipe!


  • ½ large seedless watermelon rind removed and cubed
  • cups cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil


  • Place cubed watermelon, chopped cucumbers, and crumbled feta cheese into a large bowl and mix well. 
  • In a separate, smaller bowl, combine olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh mint leaves, and basil leaves. Whisk well.
  • Pour homemade lemon dressing over the watermelon mixture and mix well to evenly coat.
  • Serve Watermelon Feta Salad immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Substitute feta cheese for goat cheese
  • Use a melon baller over cubes with the watermelon for a prettier presentation


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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