Watermelon Salad With Feta And Mint

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Bring summer to the table with this watermelon salad that’s ready in 10 minutes! Sweet watermelon pairs well with salty feta and cucumbers, making this feta watermelon salad recipe a delicious summer treat.

Watermelon salad with feta and mint.


 

Growing up in Iran, Watermelon season was and still is my favorite. And to this day, you can still find me enjoying sweet watermelon all season in different ways. Whether it’s enjoying refreshing and thirst-quenching watermelon juice or enjoying this watermelon feta salad served in one of my cookouts, there is always a fun way to enjoy this sweet fruit!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Flavors: The refreshing combination of feta, watermelon and cucumber screams summer! Sweet, tangy and salty, this watermelon salad will throw a party for your tastebuds! If you love fruit in salads as much as I do, I highly recommend trying my grilled peach salad as well!
  • Easy: With just a few simple steps of chopping and mixing, this salad comes together effortlessly. The ingredients are so flavorful that you don’t even need to prepare a separate dressing for it.
  • Versatile: This salad can be easily customized to suit your preferences. While the watermelon, feta, and cucumber form the base, you can add or omit other ingredients according to your taste. As long as you have the core elements, you’re all set to enjoy this salad in your unique way!

Watermelon Salad Ingredients

  • Watermelon: Opt for a sweet and crisp watermelon for an extra delicious salad. Seedless watermelon works best for this recipe. Learn how to pick the best watermelon every time.
  • Cucumbers: You can use either English or Persian cucumbers for this recipe.
  • Feta: As always, it’s best to get a block of feta in brine and cube or crumble it yourself.
  • Kalamata olives: These olives add a touch of saltiness and complement the feta beautifully.
  • Walnuts: A must for me when it comes to this watermelon feta salad recipe. The crunch is so good!
  • Mint leaves: Fresh mint leaves infuse the salad with a burst of freshness and the essence of summer.
  • Lime and olive oil: A touch of acidity from lime zest and juice, along with the richness of extra virgin olive oil, brings all the flavors together harmoniously.

How To Make Watermelon Salad

Toss the watermelon with the cucumber, olives, feta, walnuts and mint.
  1. Start by cutting the watermelon into small, 1/2 to 1 inch cubes. You can check out my tutorial on how to cut a watermelon for step-by-step instructions.
  2. Add the watermelon cubes to a large, shallow bowl and to with chopped cucumbers, kalamata olives and walnuts.
  3. Finish with feta and chopped mint. Add the zest and juice of the lime and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Give it a light gentle toss and serve immediately.

Variations

While this watermelon feta salad is perfect just the way it is, I have gathered a few alternatives for you to try:

  • Greens: Include other herbs like basil and parsley or add greens such as spinach or arugula.
  • Red onion: For an extra flavor kick, thinly slice some red onion and add it to the salad.
  • Avocado: Balance out the flavors and introduce some creaminess by including diced avocado.
  • Nuts: Instead of walnuts, add pistachios or pecans, so good with feta!

Serving Suggestions

This watermelon cucumber salad is perfect for summer barbecues! Pair it with dishes like beef shish kabob, kofta kebab, harissa grilled chicken thighs or grilled lamb chops for a delicious combination.

Additionally, it complements seafood dishes such as grilled branzino, shrimp skewers and grilled salmon, creating a well-rounded and satisfying summer meal.

Close up shot of watermelon cucumber salad.

Storage

Due to the high water content of watermelon and cucumber, it’s best to serve and consume this salad immediately. However, if you happen to have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I peel the cucumbers for this recipe?

No, there is no need to peel or seed the cucumbers for this watermelon feta salad recipe.

Can I make watermelon salad ahead of time?

Unfortunately, it’s not recommended to make this salad ahead of time, as the watermelon will release its juice and make the salad soggy. However, you can cube the watermelon a day or two in advance and store it in an airtight container.

What can I use instead of walnuts?

If you prefer, you can omit the walnuts altogether or substitute them with pistachios or pecans for a delightful pairing with feta.

Overhead shot of watermelon mint salad in a white bowl.

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watermelon salad with feta and mint.
5 from 15 votes

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Bring summer to the table with this watermelon salad! Sweet watermelon pairs well with salty feta and cucumbers, making this feta watermelon salad recipe a delicious summer treat.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients 

  • 6 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 Persian cucumbers , chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives , halved
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves , chopped
  • 1/2 cup cubed feta
  • 1 lime
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions 

  • Place the watermelon cubes in a large bowl. Add in the cucumbers, kalamata olives and walnuts.
  • Add the cubed feta and chopped mint. Using a microplane, zest the lime and add it to the salad.
  • Add the lime juice, salt and olive oil.
  • Give it a toss and serve immediately.

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Notes

  • You can either cube the feta or crumble it to make this salad. Use more feta if you like the salad saltier. 
  • Make sure the watermelon cubes are small enough to serve.
  • It’s best to finish this salad the same day because both cucumber and watermelon have high water content. However, if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. 
  • To jazz up your watermelon salad, add other vegetables such as avocados or red onion. 

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1148IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is the ultimate summer salad! The watermelon and feta just pair so well together. Such a refreshing treat for a hot day!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, this is so delicious! It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory, the ideal summer salad! I’ll be making it again for an upcoming potluck. Thanks so much!