Watermelon & Avocado Kale Salad

Watermelon & Avocado Kale Salad / loveandlemons.com

I love kale and I love summer… therefore this might be my perfect salad.

The temps aren’t too high here just yet but with all of the crazy rain we’ve been having, the humidity makes it sweltering to say the least. This salad is as refreshing as it gets – cool, crisp watermelon, fennel, and cucumber are mixed with creamy avocado and feta cheese. It’s pretty much everything I love tossed into a bowl.

Watermelon & Avocado Kale Salad / loveandlemons.com

This is a greener version of this spicy watermelon salad that I love. The kale idea came from a salad that I regularly get at Snap Kitchen, a healthy take-away place in Austin. (If you’re in Austin, go check it out… you’ll probably see me grabbing lunch there).

Watermelon & Avocado Kale Salad / loveandlemons.com

If you want to make this salad in advance, keep the avocado separate until you’re ready to serve it. If you’re going to store it longer than a few hours, I might keep the watermelon separate too so that it doesn’t get too watery at the bottom of the bowl.

Watermelon & Avocado Kale Salad / loveandlemons.com

Kale forever!

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Watermelon & Avocado Kale Salad
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Serves: serves 2 as lunch, 4 as a side
  • one small bunch of curly kale
  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 small fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, very thinly sliced
  • 3 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • ½ avocado, pitted and cubed
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Remove the coarse stems of the kale and tear the curly leaves into small pieces. Place them in a large bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon and white wine vinegar. Use your hands to massage the kale leaves until they’re soft and tender. They should shrink down to about half the amount that you started with.
  2. Add the sliced fennel, cucumber, radishes, scallions, avocado, feta and toss. Add the watermelon and toss again. Taste, and add more salt, pepper, lemon and/or olive oil as you like.



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  1. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com

    Such a beautiful salad! I love the idea of combining super-summery watermelon with hearty kale.

  2. Stephanie from mindyourplants.com

    Wow, what a colorful summer salad! I love the combination of juicy watermelon with creamy avocado – I’ll have to try this and let you know how it turns out.

  3. Thanks for mentioning Snap Kitchen. I live in Wimberley, so I’m in Austin all the time, and I hadn’t heard about it. It’s also in Dallas and Houston. Progress!

    • jeanine

      It’s really good – my favorite healthy quick lunch spot 🙂

  4. This is the ultimate summer salad to me. Juicy, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and still refreshing…the works! Will definitely be making this this summer.

  5. Adina from whereismyspoon.co

    I love the simple watermelon and feta salad, so I will definitely have to try this version.

  6. I adore watermelon on my salads and I’ve never thought to add avocado. This looks lovely and delicious!

  7. Paige from gilkeyrestaurantconsulting.com

    I’ve never tried watermelon on a salad before but it sounds refreshing. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. This looks and sounds wonderful – especially as the weather is really getting very hot where I live (Ohio) and the availablity of watermelon is widespread!

    I am so glad I stumbled across your site!

  9. oh i also love kale and watermelon. i just made a kale and strawberry salad for the blog today but as soon as there are watermelons available (i.e. the local ones) i am making this beauty. xo

  10. I love how bright and colorful this salad is; it looks so inviting and delicious!

  11. SuziCat

    This was REALLY GOOD. I made it last night – I have been growing kale and I had a watermelon in the fridge and thought the two needed be married. I’m so glad I found your recipe – it is delish!
    I will definitely make it again. Thank you.

    • SuziCat

      PS – I am vegan and did not use the feta. I didn’t even miss it! The salad stands well on its own without the cheese. I almost forgot it was an ingredient until I just wrote this comment!! 🙂

  12. What a pairing! And a double bonus that it results in a gorgeous, colorful salad!

    And, by the way, I too love kale. All those naysayers… I just don’t get it. Kale is wonderful!

  13. Kristen

    Fresh, colorful and delicious. Thanks!

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