Watermelon Feta Salad is a cool refreshing summer salad. Sweet watermelon, tangy feta and fresh mint make this salad a perfect addition to any backyard BBQ.
If you’re thinking “watermelon and feta?!” you’re not alone. I too thought the idea of watermelon, cheese and onions was a crazy combination but when I looked in my copy of The Flavor Bible and noticed that it said feta was a great combination with watermelon I was intrigued.
And alas, the book did not let me down. This salad is cool and flavorful. The watermelon sweet, the cheese creamy and the mint is fresh. There is no other word for it, this Watermelon Feta Salad is simply divine.
WATERMELON: Use seedless watermelon to make things easier. No need to pick out the seeds! You’re going to want to make sure you have a sweet, flavorful watermelon for this recipe. I’ve made it with one that wasn’t ripe enough and it was kind of bland.
FETA CHEESE: Crumbled feta works best.
MINT: You’ll want to use fresh mint for this recipe. Dried mint won’t work.
SHALLOT: Thinly minced so that you don’t get big bites of onion but rather a subtle onion flavor.
LEMON: To add a little acidity.
Guys. It does not get any easier than this salad. All you do is place all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix it well. The hardest part is letting it refrigerate for 30 minutes to give the flavors a chance to meld It’s an important step though. It is where the salad gets all of it’s flavor.
This salad will keep in the refrigerator for a couple days. If you keep it too much longer than that I find that the shallots start to take over the flavor a bit.
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Note: This recipe was originally written and published in 2010. It was updated with new photos, a slightly modified recipe and nutrition information in 2022.
Cucee SproutsOctober 19, 2010 at 10:57 am
Feta and watermelon go well so well, don’t they? I want to try your recipe NOW :) Btw, I found a recipe in Modern Vegetarian and made it at home. Loved it. Here is a link if you are curious: Chile-Roasted Feta and Watermelon Slab http://cuceesprouts.com/2010/10/chile-roasted-feta-and-watermelon-slab/
RitaAugust 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm
Over here it’s the same story, if I mention wha’s on the menu, it’s likely I’d get a grumpy face, but once it’s on the table and it tastes good….it’s a different story:) I think it’s a guy thing. Anyway, I am just about to make a super similar salad for a BBQ, but I don’t put onions on mine.
Fun and Fearless in BeantownAugust 18, 2010 at 8:14 am
That looks great! I made watermelon bites topped with feta, mint and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. So good!