Watermelon Salad with Feta

This delicious, refreshing watermelon salad recipe is meant for hot summer days. With feta, avocado, mint & lime, it's the perfect mix of savory & sweet.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Once summer rolls around, I can’t get enough of salads made with a mix of peak-season fruits and veggies. I love a good sweet & savory combination, and this watermelon salad with feta, mint, avocado, and a tangy lime dressing is exactly that.

Every year, as soon as I spot a good watermelon, I rush home to make this recipe. It takes minutes to throw together, and it’s incredibly refreshing. Try it once, and you’ll have it on repeat for the rest of watermelon season.

Watermelon Salad Recipe ingredients

Watermelon Salad Recipe Ingredients

If you’ve never tried watermelon in a savory setting, you have to make this recipe ASAP. Juicy & fresh, the melon goes SO well with the other creamy, crisp, tangy, and spicy components in this salad. Here’s what makes it so delicious:

  • Red onion, for a sharp bite of flavor and crispy texture
  • Cucumber, for a cool, crisp addition
  • Feta cheese, for a creamy, tangy element
  • Avocado, for extra creaminess. Plus watermelon + lime + avocado = a match made in heaven.
  • Mint & basil, for fresh herbal notes (Mint & watermelon is one of my favorite combos too!)
  • Serrano pepper, for a little heat (if you like, these are optional)
  • And a bright lime dressing, to tie it all together.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe Variations

This watermelon feta salad is a great one to play with. Here are some of my favorite ways to change it up:

  • Don’t like spice? Skip the chile, and this watermelon salad will still be delicious.
  • Add a little crunch with a handful of toasted walnuts or cashews.
  • Make this salad a full meal by serving it on a bed of arugula with some quinoa mixed in.
  • Or change up the fruit and substitute strawberries for the watermelon.

Let me know what variations you try!

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

What to Serve with Watermelon Salad

I love to make this salad for cookouts. It pairs well with whatever you’re grilling, whether that be portobello mushroom burgers or dogs, black bean burgers, veggie burgers, or corn on the cob.

It’s also good with picnic sandwiches like these chickpea shawarma wraps, these BBQ jackfruit sandwiches, this caprese sandwich, or this mushroom po’ boy.

If you have extra watermelon, make watermelon margaritas! If you don’t have extra watermelon, you can never go wrong with classic margaritas.

If you love this watermelon salad recipe…

Try more of my favorite fruity salads like this strawberry caprese salad, this watermelon tomato salad, this summer slaw, or this corn salad!


5.0 from 4 reviews

Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint

 
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This refreshing watermelon salad is one of our favorite summer sides. Feta, mint & avocado are the perfect tangy, creamy, and fresh counterpoints to the juicy watermelon.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
For the salad
  • 5 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 heaping cup diced English cucumber
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onions
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • ⅓ cup torn mint or basil leaves
  • ½ jalapeño or serrano pepper, thinly sliced, optional
  • Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, garlic and salt.
  2. Arrange the watermelon, cucumber, and red onions on a large plate or platter. Drizzle with half the dressing. Top with the feta, avocado, mint, and serrano pepper, if using, and drizzle with remaining dressing. Season to taste and serve.

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  1. Rachel from popandsizzle.com
    08.29.2013

    Your photos are always so incredible. I’m definitely making this ASAP, before summer is officially over!

    • Jeanine
      08.29.2013

      thanks! I know, it’s hard to believe summer is almost over (and this is my first watermelon recipe!)

    • Jeanine
      08.29.2013

      glad I’m not the only one 🙂

  2. Ugh, I hate that! All that money for a disappointing salad. This salad is so pretty. I would hate to touch it or eat it and destroy how perfect it looks!

    • Jeanine
      08.29.2013

      oh but it’s so fun to make it pretty and then mess it all up 🙂

  3. This seriously looks perfect in every way. I haven’t made a watermelon salad yet this summer – I need to make this before the season is over! Better late than never!

    • Jeanine
      08.29.2013

      ha, yep that’s what I was thinking… should have thought of this in, say, July, but oh well 🙂

  4. The southeast asian in me loves sweet and spicy – esp. when you throw in some fruit. Thanks for this.

    • Jeanine
      08.29.2013

      thanks! I just love the balance of sweet & spicy foods 🙂

  5. Kathryne from cookieandkate.com
    08.29.2013

    Man, there’s nothing more disappointing than a bad restaurant salad. I take that back—I ordered a grilled cheese at a bistro that I really like the other day, hoping to receive a decadent, lightly charred, cheesy affair, and it was a total disappointment. How can they get a grilled cheese wrong, but a curried carrot soup so right?! Doesn’t make sense. Anyway, this salad looks perfect. Glad you got your watermelon fix.

    • Jeanine
      08.29.2013

      Ha, I feel like more places get grilled cheese wrong than right… although yum, about the curried carrot soup, I could totally go for that right now!

  6. Tieghan from halfbakedharvest.com
    08.29.2013

    I love the spicy in this!! So my thing and my gosh, this is so pretty. I love it and need to make is this weekend!

  7. Winnie from healthygreenkitchen.com
    08.30.2013

    This looks wonderful! I want to make it this weekend, too 😉

  8. Hi
    I love your blogue. So pretty photos… you use love in it.
    I love everything…
    (and I adore your kitchen too 🙂
    Kisses
    Cláudia

  9. This looks beautiful, and so delicious! I love simple dishes like this one for the summer. I’ve flagged it as a must-try–I just bought a gorgeous little watermelon and this is what I’m going to make with it, thank you for sharing! 🙂

  10. Lys from livinlyssa.wordpress.com
    08.30.2013

    It’s like you always know what’s waiting to be used in my kitchen! Just picked up a watermelon yesterday!

  11. Lindsey from dollyandoatmeal.com
    08.30.2013

    I love that these watermelons have black seeds! Even when I buy organic at my local farm market, I have a hard time finding the black seeds I grew up loving to spit out! In any event, lovely salad! I’m glad you got to enjoy this one, and for probably half the price.

  12. Sara Gray from saralovesportland.com
    08.30.2013

    I love the idea of the watermelon and spiciness — so summery. This is going on the list for sure. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

  13. dawn
    10.20.2013

    this salad appears to be perfect conceptually… Its beautiful and completely balnced with flavors… Acid + Fat + Spice + Sweet = Delicious… Thank you so much… avocado and watermelon never occurred to me before.. but you set it forth in a recipe where i cannot see a reason why not

  14. Kate from omyheartkate.com
    06.01.2014

    I have made this twice in the last two days and I am completely obsessed! Everything goes together so perfectly! I put mine on a bigger bed of mixed greens but otherwise followed exactly and it’s SO good – officially my salad of the summer! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Natalie
    07.29.2015

    Just made this with some leftover watermelon. I LOVE how convenient your side bar is, just a click and all the watermelon recipes come up. I didn’t have lime so I had to substitute with lemons. Delish! Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • jeanine
      08.01.2015

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for the feedback – I’m glad the sidebar is helpful 🙂

  16. Wo liegt Bremen
    07.01.2019

    I want to try it. Looks great. I always follow you. I love you so much. Thanks.

  17. jen
    07.01.2019

    This looks really excellent. I have a hard time finding a watermelon that has any flavor. How do you select your watermelon at the market?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.01.2019

      Hi Jen, the mini watermelons at Trader Joes are really good right now (pictured), and the watermelon at Whole Foods right now is really flavorful too. Of course, once they’re at the farmers market, that’s always a safe bet.

      • jen
        07.01.2019

        Thanks! Both of those stores are on my walk home, I’ll have to pick one up!

  18. Bryan Martinez
    07.01.2019

    My wife is a huge fan of making salads with fruit. She’d love this recipe! haha thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.10.2019

      I hope she loves it!

  19. That looks so refreshing. Love each one of those ingredients. Can’t wait for the weekend to start.

  20. Ali M
    07.19.2019

    Divine. Would never have thought to include avocado and cucumber and they were fantastic. I’ve had a number of variations on a watermelon/feta salad, but this is my favorite!

    While it was best right after it was assembled, it was still pretty good the next morning for breakfast!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.19.2019

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  21. Schmijen
    07.20.2019

    Okay. This was amazing. A salad for four got annihilated by 3 people. I used basil because I had just purchased some from the Farmer across the street. Absolutely delicious. Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.22.2019

      Haha, I’m so glad everyone loved it!

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