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Juicy Watermelon Feta Salad

A favourite salad that is always popular in my kitchen is this juicy Watermelon Feta Salad. The salty feta cheese and green and black olives, pair beautifully with the sweet watermelon. I like to add finely shredded mint leaves and a grating of fresh lemon zest for added zing.

A bowl of water melon and feta salad, with tomatoes, cucumber, black and green olives, and freshly chopped mint leaves with a jar of honey mustard salad dressing set alongside.

I enjoy salad all year round as this refreshing watermelon feta salad can be served alongside any main dish. However, it is a salad I make regularly over the summer months, particular when I have the BBQ lit as it works really well with grilled meats.

When it comes to my watermelon feta salad dressing I’ve opted for a honey mustard dressing with added dried oregano and red chilli flakes, both of which add great flavour to the dressed salad.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • The perfect balance of flavour, combining sweet watermelon, with salty feta, and zesty lemon.
  • The salad can be prepared and on the table in just 15 minutes.
  • A gluten free salad that is suitable for coeliacs or anyone following a gluten free diet.

Recipe ingredients

Watermelon feta salad recipe ingredients.
  • Tomatoes – I’ve used large vine tomatoes, you could also use cherry or baby plum tomatoes.
  • Cucumber – I use English cucumber in this salad but you can use any variety.
  • Onion – finely sliced red onion is added to the salad, you could swap this for shallots or spring onions which also have a mild flavour.
  • Olives – use any variety or colour of olive, I’ve opted for a mix of black and green olives, which came in a herb oil for added flavour.
  • Lemon – some finely grated lemon zest adds a burst of citrus flavour to the salad.
  • Watermelon – I opt for a seedless watermelon and cut it into bite-sized chunks.
  • Cheese – feta cheese has a lovely, crumbly texture which works perfectly in this salad.
  • Mint – I also mix some finely shredded mint leaves through the salad.
  • Salad dressing – I like to drizzle over my homemade Honey Mustard Dressing which pairs beautifully with the flavours in this salad.

How to make Watermelon Feta Salad

  • Place the tomatoes, cucumber and red onion into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon and stir again.
  • Now add the watermelon and stir through the salad.
  • Next add the feta cheese and finely shredded mint leaves and stir again to combine.
  • Finally add the honey mustard dressing and stir to coat the salad. Serve immediately.
A bowl of water melon and feta salad, with tomatoes, cucumber, black and green olives, and freshly chopped mint leaves.

Recipe variations

  • I’ve used watermelon, but this salad would also work with honeydew, galia or cantaloupe melons.
  • You could also swap the watermelon for fresh strawberries in this salad.
  • Swap the feta cheese for another crumbly cheese, try Cheshire or Wensleydale.
  • Add in any other salad vegetables that you enjoy eating, like celery or some grated carrot.
  • Substitute lemon zest for zingy lime or sweet orange.
  • I’ve used a honey mustard salad dressing, but you could use a French or red wine vinaigrette dressing.
  • I love olives, but if you don’t you can leave them out.
  • For added crunch add a handful of nuts like walnuts or almonds.
  • Toast some pumpkin seeds and scatter over the salad.

Serving suggestions

This easy salad will serve 5/6 as a side salad along with a main dish. This is a refreshing salad and I love to serve it over the summer months when I have the barbecue on as it pairs beautifully with grilled meats like chicken, beef, lamb or pork.

If you want to make this your salad main, then pile the salad onto some leafy greens like rocket or spinach, and scatter over some toasted walnuts or pumpkin seeds. You could also add some cooked grains like couscous or quinoa.

A bowl of water melon and feta salad, with tomatoes, cucumber, black and green olives, and freshly chopped mint leaves and a spoon of honey mustard dressing being poured over.

Useful hints and tips

  1. If you’ve made the salad dressing any leftover dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Just ensure you shake the jar to combine the ingredients before using.
  2. Swap regular feta cheese for plant based feta cheese and this salad can be served to dairy free or vegan diners. For vegan diners you will also have to swap the honey mustard dressing for a honey free dressing, or swap the honey for maple syrup in my Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing.
  3. Allergy advice: gluten free, egg free, soya free. For comprehensive and detailed allergy advice go to Allergy UK.

FAQs

Can watermelon feta salad be made ahead?

Due to the high water content of watermelon, this is a salad that is best made just before you are ready to eat. Otherwise the juice from the water will start to break down the other ingredients and the salad will become watery.

Why does watermelon and feta taste good together?

Sweet watermelon and salty feta are a perfect flavour pairing. Just add some sourness with the dressing and you have the perfect balance of flavours. The textures also contrast and compliment each other with the juicy crunch of the watermelon, and the soft crumbly feta cheese.

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Additional recipe suggestions

If you like this recipe then try some of these great tasting side salad recipes:

For more recipe ideas, head to my Best Salad Recipes post where you will find links to all my favourite salads in one place.

A bowl of water melon and feta salad, with tomatoes, cucumber, black and green olives, and freshly chopped mint leaves with a jar of honey mustard salad dressing set alongside.

Watermelon Feta Salad

Juicy Watermelon Feta Salad, the salty feta cheese and green and black olives, pair beautifully with the sweet watermelon. Add finely shredded mint leaves and a grating of fresh lemon zest for added zing.
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 167kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large tomatoes (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 200 g cucumber (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • ½ red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 80 g olives (mix of black and green)
  • ½ lemon zest
  • 400 g watermelon (sliced into bite-sized pieces)
  • 200 g feta cheese (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves (finely shredded)
  • 6 tbsp Honey Mustard Dressing

Instructions

  • Place the tomatoes, cucumber and red onion into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon and stir again.
  • Now add the watermelon and stir through the salad.
  • Next add the feta cheese and finely shredded mint leaves and stir again to combine.
  • Finally add the honey mustard dressing and stir to coat the salad. Serve immediately.

Notes

Due to the high water content of watermelon, this is a salad that is best made just before you are ready to eat. Otherwise the juice from the water will start to break down the other ingredients and the salad will become watery.
Nutrition Facts
Watermelon Feta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 628mg27%
Potassium 362mg10%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1318IU26%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 194mg19%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Salad
Cuisine : Greek, Lebanese
Keyword : best watermelon feta salad, summer salads
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Recipe Rating




5 from 4 votes

Cat

Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

This is like summer on a plate. So fresh and delicious!

Lesley

Thursday 4th of July 2024

Thank you Cat, this really is a sunshine salad.

Sisley White - Sew White

Tuesday 2nd of July 2024

This was so juicy and delicious. Perfect summer salad.

Lesley

Thursday 4th of July 2024

Thank you Sisley, I think it makes the perfect BBQ side on a warm day.

Chloe

Sunday 23rd of June 2024

The olives were a surprise and delight in this recipe - they really added a great savoury and salty counterpoint to the watermelon!

Lesley

Monday 24th of June 2024

I total agree Chloe, you need the bitter olives and salty feta to counter the sweet watermelon.

Hazel

Thursday 20th of June 2024

I never thought to make a watermelon salad before, but it was so refreshing and the feta and olives made the perfect contrast.

Lesley

Monday 24th of June 2024

Thank you Hazel, I like the contrast of the sweet and crunchy watermelon with the bitter olives and salty feta too.

5 from 4 votes