Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta Cheese

This Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta Cheese is a perfect blend of flavors, textures, and colors that will make your taste buds dance with delight. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, going on a picnic, or simply craving a light and healthy meal, this salad is a must-try. You won’t be disappointed!

Who doesn’t love watermelon? When the sun is shining, and temperatures soar, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a refreshing salad that combines the sweetness of watermelon, the crispness of cucumber, and the tanginess of feta cheese.

I know at first glance it sounds like an odd combination but trust me I thought that at first but once I sank my teeth into this fresh-tasting salad, I was hooked! It is absolutely delicious!

Let’s dive into this tantalizing recipe that celebrates the best of summer produce.

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WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR THIS WATERMELON SALAD WITH CUCUMBER AND FETA CHEESE?

  • 6 cups watermelon chunks, (you can use 1 small/ medium sized watermelon or half of a large one) 
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (adjust amount to taste) 
  • 1 English cucumber, cut-up (you may also use the smaller Persian cucumbers)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced, (optional)
  • 1 shallot, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves, thinly sliced or kept whole if small in size
  • 1 cup lettuce of your choice, shredded or chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon, as dressing (adjust amount to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS WATERMELON SALAD WITH CUCUMBER AND FETA CHEESE?

Peel and cut the watermelon and cucumber into small bite-size chunks, and place them in a large bowl.

Slice the red onion thinly (if using) and toss it all together. 

Cut the feta into small cubes (if in block form) then crumble half over the watermelon mixture. Add lettuce and mint leaves, toss lightly with the rest then crumble the remaining cheese all over.

Drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil and fresh lime juice over the salad. These citrusy and zesty flavors will enhance the overall taste.

Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the salad, adjusting the amount according to your preference. Remember that feta cheese is already salty, so be mindful of the amount of salt you add.

Toss and serve garnished with shallot halves (if using) and extra mint leaves.

NOTE: I personally prefer to just use the lemon juice without the olive oil and seasoning because the salad is already fresh-tasting and delicious as is without any extra oil-based dressing. Feel free to add the olive oil and seasoning, if you prefer that. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What other vegetables can I add to this Watermelon Feta Salad?

While the Watermelon Feta Salad with Cucumber is already a delicious combination, you can certainly add other veggies to further enhance the flavors and textures. Here are a few veggies that pair well with the existing ingredients:

  1. Bell Peppers: Add some colorful bell peppers for a crunchy and slightly sweet element. Choose red, yellow, or orange peppers to add vibrant hues to the salad.
  2. Red Onion: Thinly sliced red onion can add a mild bite and a touch of pungency. Soak the onion slices in cold water for a few minutes before adding them to the salad to mellow their flavor.
  3. Cherry Tomatoes: Bursting with sweetness and tanginess, cherry tomatoes make a fantastic addition to this salad. Cut them in half and toss them in to add pops of color and juiciness.
  4. Radishes: Sliced radishes bring a peppery crunch and vibrant color to the salad. They can add a refreshing contrast to the sweetness of watermelon.
  5. Kalamata Olives: For an extra savory kick, pitted Kalamata olives work wonders. Their briny flavor pairs beautifully with the watermelon and feta cheese.
  6. Arugula: If you want to add some leafy greens, toss in a handful of fresh arugula. Its slightly peppery taste complements the other ingredients and adds a nice textural element.

Remember to adjust the quantities of these additional veggies according to your preference. You can experiment with different combinations to create a salad that suits your taste buds.

What other flavor variations can I add to this Watermelon Feta Salad?

While the classic Watermelon Feta Salad with Cucumber is already a delightful combination of flavors, there are several variations you can explore to add different tastes and twists to the salad. Here are a few flavor variations to consider:

  1. Citrus Burst: Squeeze some fresh orange or grapefruit juice over the salad along with the dressing. The citrusy notes will add a bright and refreshing flavor.
  2. Balsamic Glaze: Drizzle a balsamic glaze or reduction over the salad instead of the olive oil and lime juice dressing. The rich and slightly sweet balsamic flavor will provide a unique twist.
  3. Spicy Kick: For those who enjoy heat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or sprinkle some finely chopped jalapeños or red chili flakes to give the salad a spicy kick.
  4. Herbed Delight: Experiment with different herbs like basil or cilantro. Instead of or in addition to the mint leaves, chop some fresh basil or cilantro and toss it into the salad for an herbaceous twist.
  5. Nutty Crunch: Add a handful of chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pine nuts to provide a crunchy texture and nutty flavor. Toast the nuts lightly for an enhanced taste.
  6. Sweet and Savory Fusion: Incorporate a touch of sweetness by adding a handful of dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, or sliced grapes to the salad. The sweet and savory combination can be delightful.
  7. Greek-inspired: Enhance the Mediterranean vibes by adding some sliced Kalamata olives and a sprinkle of dried oregano or za’atar seasoning. This will give the salad a Greek-inspired flavor profile.

Remember to adjust the quantities of these additional flavorings according to your taste preference. Don’t be afraid to get creative and combine multiple variations to create a salad that suits your palate. The possibilities are endless, and you can customize the Watermelon Feta Salad to your liking.

What are the best tips to make the best watermelon feta salad?

To make the best Watermelon Feta Salad with Cucumber, here are some tips that will help you achieve optimal taste, texture, and presentation:

  1. Choose ripe and juicy watermelon: Select a ripe watermelon that feels heavy for its size and has a deep, hollow sound when tapped. The sweetness and juiciness of the watermelon are key to the overall flavor of the salad.
  2. Use English or seedless cucumbers: English cucumbers or seedless cucumbers are ideal for this salad as they have a mild flavor, thin skin, and fewer seeds. If you’re using regular cucumbers, consider removing the seeds to avoid excess moisture in the salad.
  3. Keep ingredients chilled: It’s essential to keep the watermelon, cucumber, and feta cheese chilled until you’re ready to assemble the salad. This ensures that the salad is refreshing and maintains its crispness.
  4. Cut ingredients into similar sizes: Aim to cut the watermelon, cucumber, and feta cheese into uniform bite-sized cubes or pieces. This allows for consistent flavors in every bite and makes the salad visually appealing.
  5. Crumble feta cheese just before serving: Feta cheese has a creamy texture, and crumbling it just before serving ensures that it retains its freshness and distinct flavor.
  6. Dress the salad just before serving: To maintain the salad’s texture and prevent it from becoming watery, dress the salad with olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper just before serving. This ensures that the flavors are well-balanced and the ingredients remain crisp.
  7. Add fresh herbs at the end: Chop the fresh mint leaves or any other herbs you choose to include and add them to the salad right before serving. This preserves their vibrant color and aroma.
  8. Serve chilled: Watermelon Feta Salad is best enjoyed chilled. Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  9. Garnish and presentation: Consider garnishing the salad with a few extra mint leaves or a sprinkle of herbs for an added visual appeal. Serve the salad in a large, colorful bowl to showcase the vibrant colors of the ingredients.

By following these tips, you’ll create a Watermelon Feta Salad with Cucumber that is refreshing, balanced in flavors, and visually appealing. Enjoy the delightful combination of sweet watermelon, crisp cucumber, tangy feta cheese, and refreshing herbs!

How long does this watermelon feta salad keep?

The Watermelon Feta Salad is best enjoyed when served fresh, as the watermelon tends to release moisture over time and the texture may change. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them properly to extend the salad’s shelf life.

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the Watermelon Feta Salad can typically be kept for about 1 to 2 days. Keep in mind that the longer it sits, the more the flavors will meld together and the watermelon may become softer.

Here are some tips for storing the Watermelon Feta Salad:

  1. Remove the mint leaves: If you have leftover salad, remove the mint leaves before storing. They can become wilted and lose their freshness.
  2. Separate the dressing: If you’ve dressed the entire salad, it’s best to store any leftovers without the dressing. The dressing can make the salad watery and affect the texture.
  3. Keep ingredients separate: If you have prepared ingredients separately and want to store them for later use, keep the watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese, and any additional veggies or herbs separate until you’re ready to assemble the salad.
  4. Assemble just before serving: When you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers, combine the ingredients and dress the salad just before serving to maintain freshness and texture.

It’s worth noting that watermelon is high in water content, and when mixed with other ingredients, it can release moisture and affect the overall quality of the salad. To maintain the best taste and texture, it’s recommended to consume the Watermelon Feta Salad within a day or two of preparation.

With its vibrant colors, contrasting textures, and harmonious flavors, the Watermelon Feta Salad with Cucumber is a culinary masterpiece that embodies the essence of summer. The juicy sweetness of watermelon, the refreshing crunch of cucumber, the tanginess of feta cheese, and the fragrant hint of mint come together in a delightful symphony of tastes. This salad is not only a treat for the palate but also a visual delight that will brighten up any table. So, grab your ingredients, prepare this easy recipe, and savor the refreshing flavors of summer with every bite.

Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta

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This Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta Cheese is a perfect blend of flavors, textures, and colors that will make your taste buds dance with delight. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, going on a picnic, or simply craving a light and healthy meal, this salad is a must-try. You won’t be disappointed!
4.97 from 31 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 206 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 6 cups watermelon chunks, (you can use 1 small/ medium sized watermelon or half of a large one)
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (adjust amount to taste)
  • 1 English cucumber, cut-up (you may also use the smaller Persian cucumbers)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced, (optional)
  • 1 shallot, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves, thinly sliced or kept whole if small in size
  • 1 cup lettuce of your choice, shredded or chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (use as dressing – adjust amount to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel and cut the watermelon and cucumber into small bite size chunks, place both in a large bowl.
  • Slice the red onion thinly (if using) and toss it all together.
  • Cut the feta into small cubes (if in block form) then crumble half over the watermelon mixture. Add lettuce and mint leaves, toss lightly with the rest then crumble the remaining cheese all over.
  • Drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil and fresh lime juice over the salad. These citrusy and zesty flavors will enhance the overall taste.
  • Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the salad, adjusting the amount according to your preference. Remember that feta cheese is already salty, so be mindful of the amount of salt you add.
  • Garnish your salad with shallot halves (if using) and extra mint leaves. Toss and serve.

Notes

TIPS & TRICKS
NOTE: I personally prefer to just use the lemon juice without the olive oil and seasoning because the salad is already fresh-tasting and delicious as is without any extra oil-based dressing. Feel free to add the olive oil and seasoning, if you prefer that.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 330mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1590IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 1mg
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Last updated on June 12th, 2023 at 08:15 pm

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14 Comments

  1. Mahy
    June 16, 2023 / 9:53 am

    5 stars
    This is such a timely recipe – fantastic choice of ingredients, and just what I have been craving!

  2. Ali
    June 16, 2023 / 11:23 am

    5 stars
    Love the watermelon and feta combination! This is a great idea for a summer salad.

  3. Kathleen
    June 16, 2023 / 12:11 pm

    5 stars
    I am loving the flavors in this salad. Especially the juicy sweetness the watermelon adds to this deliciousness.

  4. Beth
    June 16, 2023 / 12:24 pm

    5 stars
    The sweet and tangy of this salad is just what my summer lunch needed! Delish!

  5. Janie
    June 16, 2023 / 1:38 pm

    5 stars
    This salad was perfect! The salty flavors from the feta cheese along with the sweet watermelon was a great combo. Going to make this for a potluck this weekend too!

  6. Beth
    June 16, 2023 / 3:40 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds amazing! I love the sweetness of the watermelon with the mellow flavor of the cucumber and the zing of that feta cheese.

  7. Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    June 16, 2023 / 4:39 pm

    5 stars
    I love that this recipe uses fresh fruits and vegetables! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Seema Sriram
    June 16, 2023 / 5:24 pm

    5 stars
    Cant say there is anything better in summer than watermelon feta salad. Yours looks amazing!

  9. Caroline
    June 16, 2023 / 7:00 pm

    5 stars
    This salad is such a taste of summer – refreshing, easy and delicious!

  10. Noune
    June 16, 2023 / 7:38 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! Feta and watermelon are such a delicious combination. And it is watermelon season. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Eni Greyvenstein
    June 19, 2023 / 4:26 am

    5 stars
    My favourite summer salad! I have my own recipe for it, but this one looks delish and will definitely try it!

  12. Anjali
    June 23, 2023 / 3:35 am

    5 stars
    This salad was so light and refreshing! Perfect for summer!

  13. Julie Daley
    July 28, 2023 / 2:58 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve made this, and it’s so good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    • abigail
      Author
      July 28, 2023 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you so much Julie! So happy you enjoyed this! Thanks for stopping by.

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