This refreshing sweet and salty Watermelon Feta Salad is a perfect summer salad to serve for backyard parties or BBQs. It has become a staple in my house and you should try it too.
Here are some more Salad recipes, that you can make for your light and hearty meals – Traditional Tabouli Salad, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Broccoli Apple Salad, Cucumber Salsa, and Amish Potato Salad.
About This Recipe
As summer is the season of watermelons, I love to make this Watermelon Feta Salad now & then and it is my go-to salad when I am alone at home. It is also a must-have side dish for my weekend brunch, no matter which cuisine I am going for.
Watermelon and Feta Salad is an easy and refreshing summer salad that will give you relief from the scorching heat outside on a sunny afternoon.
To make this full of flavor salad, cubes of watermelon are tossed with fresh mint leaves and crumbled feta making this salad colorful and healthy. A salty citrus dressing is added in this salad, which gives it a delicious flavor that compliments the sweetness from the watermelon.
For the dressing, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, lime zest, salt, and pepper are mixed and poured over this salad. Mix it properly, so that the dressing gets coated nicely with watermelon, feta, and mint mixture.
Once you take a bite of this salad, the flavors will just burst into your mouth. You can also include Balsamic Vinegar in the dressing, it adds a nice flavor to the salad. Other than these simple ingredients, you can even add cucumber and red onions to this salad for an extra crunch.
One serving of this Watermelon Feta Cheese Salad i.e about 1 cup has 98 Calories. This is a perfectly healthy, low cal salad which is super delicious too.
This Watermelon Feta Salad is,
- Sweet & Salty
- Easy to make
- Super Light
- Looks Beautiful
To make this sweet-salty refreshing Watermelon Feta Cheese Salad, you need three main ingredients – Watermelon, Feta Cheese, and Mint Leaves. This one gets ready in just 15 minutes.
Watermelon – When making this salad, opt for a watermelon that is fresh and red. When it’s red, it is sweet and tastes great when combined with other ingredients.
Mint Leaves – Mint Leaves adds a refreshing flavour, that is a must in this salad.
Feta Cheese – Feta Cheese adds a salty, tangy, and lemony taste to the salad, which adds a great soft texture and a delicious taste. I love the saltiness and crumbliness of Feta Cheese, but if you do not prefer feta cheese you can add in Mozzarella Balls or Goat Cheese too.
Dressing – The combination of these three ingredients will just make your summer even better. To add a little more taste to the salad, we will make a dressing that is a delicious combination of extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, black pepper, and salt. Easy, right?
Add in some balsamic vinegar, for more flavor and taste, It goes great with the combination of watermelon, feta cheese, and mint leaves.
You can also add greens like lettuce, arugula, or even kale in this salad. I have used mint leaves in this salad, as it lends a refreshing taste to this salad. But you can substitute mint leaves with other herbs like basil or parsley.
Step By Step Recipe
Add watermelon in a large bowl.
Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
Pour the dressing over the watermelon and toss everything well.
Top with crumbled feta. Serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
This salad tastes great with just watermelon, mint, and cheese. You can totally skip adding the dressing or add just a bit of honey, salt, and pepper.
I prefer using English cucumber for salad as they are seedless, have thinner skin which is not waxy and they are sweeter. However, feel free to use whichever variety you have.
You can cut the watermelon into rounds, wedges, slices, or cubes, or even scoop out the flesh with a melon baller. Check out the details here.
There are a few tricks which you should keep in mind while buying the watermelon
1. It should feel heavy for its size.
2. Look for the creamy yellow patch. If it’s there, the melon is ripe.
3. Tap the underbelly of the watermelon. A ripe one will have a deep hollow sound. Under-ripe or over-ripe melons will sound dull.
Wondering what to serve with this salad? This salty, sweet, and refreshing salad is usually served on its own. But, you can also serve it as a side dish along with a Pasta, Risotto, or Soup of your choice.
This salad is what you should be serving for every backyard BBQ party, picnic, potluck, or even weekend brunches.
This salad tastes best when made fresh. But if for some reason, you have to make it beforehand, just store the watermelon and the dressing separately.
Cube the watermelon and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Make the dressing and store it too. Don’t add fresh mint in the dressing if you are planning to make it ahead.
Mix the dressing with watermelon just a few minutes before serving. Sprinkle freshly chopped mint leaves and feta cheese on top at last and serve.
You can drizzle a little balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar to add a slight tangy taste to the same. If you have Balsamic Glaze at hand, it tastes great drizzled over this salad.
Adding cubed cucumbers or black olives to this salad is also a great idea. I sometimes make this version too.
You can top this salad with nuts like almonds, pecan or walnuts for a nice crunch.
Instead of cutting the watermelon, you can use a baller to make small balls. This salad will look much fancier.
To make this salad more filling, you can add cubed avocado or cucumber. Red onion also pairs well with this watermelon salad.
Other than using mint, I have also tried Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad and Watermelon Feta Basil Salad, they taste as delicious as the mint one.
Pro Tips By Neha
Always make this salad using ripe melon. Red ones are usually softer and tastes great when mixed with other ingredients in this salad. Remove all the seeds before mixing in the salad.
Use chilled watermelon to make this refreshing salad.
If using red onions, soak the slices in water for 15 to 20 minutes, to take some bite out of it.
You can also use fresh basil leaves instead of mint leaves.
Do not miss out on the dressing. It adds a great flavour and taste in this watermelon salad.
Always use high quality ingredients for the best taste.
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Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe
- 1 kg Watermelon (Cubed and seedless)
- 200 g Feta Cheese (Crumbled)
For the dressing
- ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Lime Juice
- ½ tsp Lime Zest
- Freshly Cracked Black pepper
- ¼ cup Mint Leaves (Chopped)
- Add watermelon in a large bowl.
- Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix it well.
- Pour the dressing over the watermelon and toss everything well.
- Top with crumbled feta cheese. Serve immediately.