Watermelon Feta Salad
on Jul 25, 2022
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The combination of sweet and savory is perfection in this recipe for Watermelon Feta Salad. Enjoy this bright, refreshing and unique salad on a hot summer day.
It seems a little insane to mix watermelon with feta, mint, red onion and a balsamic glaze right?! Have no fear because this is easily one of my favorite summer salads- hands down. It sounds like such a weird concoction but the flavors marry together in the most beautiful, tasty way.
Watermelon Feta Salad
Watermelon is a summer staple. It is refreshing and easy to serve a crowd. I love this recipe because it takes everyone’s favorite summer fruit and puts a fun spin on it. Watermelon feta salad goes great as a side dish for all things BBQ, potluck or summer parties.
To make this salad you will want to find the best watermelon possible. Look for a watermelon that has a yellow spot on the outside. This is known as the field spot and where the watermelon was laying on the ground. A yellow field spot indicates that it ripened longer on the vine whereas a white spot shows that it was picked too soon and won’t be ripe enough. I always grab the melons that have a creamy, yellow spot versus the ones that look perfect because they taste better!
This easy to make Watermelon Salad with feta and mint is a crispy, sweet and salty, crunchy, summer side salad you’ll want to make daily.
- Watermelon: the star of the show so make sure it’s fresh, crisp, and sweet
- Red onion: red onion tends to be a little more mild than white and yellow onion, though you could use a sweet onion here instead. This adds such a nice savory element
- Feta cheese: bring on the great texture, salty brightness, and pretty white contrast in the salad
- Fresh mint leaves: there’s something magical about the fresh mint in this recipe, it adds so much brightness
- Salt to taste: a little salt goes great with the sweet watermelon
- Balsamic glaze: no need to make a full dressing for this salad, just use a premade balsamic glaze, so easy and so delicious
How to make watermelon salad:
- Give that watermelon a chop, I like pretty small pieces so that it feels like a salad and is easy to eat, go for 1 inch cubes.
- Chop up your mint and onion (thin slices here!)
- Add those to a dish and add the feta cheese.
- Salt the dish and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
- Stir together, give it a taste, adjust all of the ingredients to your liking.
- Enjoy right away.
How to pick a good watermelon:
The old trick of knocking on the watermelon is a good tip for picking a great tasting melon… if you know what you’re listening for! When you knock the melon you want to hear a deep, hallow sound. If you hear that sound it means the watermelon has more water and will mostly likely be more ripe. If you hear a light ping instead that is usually a sign the watermelon is underripe.
Frequently Asked Questions
This salad is best served chilled. You can either start by chilling the watermelon or you can make the salad and put it in the refrigerator before serving.
Watermelons do not become sweeter once they are picked. Once they are harvested they won’t continue to ripen.
In my opinion, the sweetest watermelons are the round shaped melons versus the big oval ones. Find a melon that feels heavy. This means it contains more water and will yield a sweeter watermelon.
Watermelon is full of water which is good for hydration in warm temperatures. It is also low in calories and full of vitamins C and A.
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Watermelon Feta Salad
- 8 cups cubed watermelon, (1 inch cubes)
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- balsamic glaze, (about 1/4 cup)
- Add the watermelon, onion, feta, and mint to a large bowl and toss lightly.
- Sprinkle evenly with the salt and drizzle the balsamic glaze evenly over the salad.
- Adjust the salt and balsamic glaze to taste.
- Serve right away.
- This salad is so open for you to play with. You can add more or less of any of the ingredients that you’d like.
- Feel free to switch the mint leaves to basil if you’d like and add a cup or two of chopped cucumber to the salad. There’s lots of options here!
Watermelon Feta Salad is such an easy and unexpected side dish. The pairing of sweet and salty works so deliciously together.