Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Call me unadventurous, but I had never even heard of a watermelon feta salad before versions of it started popping up on food blogs everywhere. Even then, the very thought of it gave me pause. Watermelon, with salty cheese? Yeah, right.

But watermelon sprinkled with salt is how many people enjoy the fruit, so perhaps it isn’t too far of a stretch to consider that it might be good with salty cheese?

Last week my curiosity was finally satisfied when I was served such a salad at a dinner given by my friend Peg. I couldn’t wait to recreate it! It’s wonderfully refreshing and light, and perfect for heat-wave days like we are having now in California.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8

The amounts given here are truly just guidelines. Feel free to stretch or diminish depending on your taste and the ingredients you are working with.

To experiment further, try adding a handful of pitted kalamata olives to the salad!


  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (4-6 limes, depending on how big and juicy the limes are)
  • A quarter of a medium sized watermelon, rind removed, black seeds removed (if there are any), chopped into 1-inch cube-ish pieces, about 8 cups
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped


1 Soak the chopped red onion in the lime juice while you are prepping the other ingredients, about 10-15 minutes.

2 Gently combine all ingredients into a large serving bowl.

Serve immediately. Salad will get soggy if kept overnight.

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Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

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  • Laura

    This salad is to DIE for! One of my very favorites.

  • Janine

    Elise – THANK YOU for this recipe! So delicious! Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits :)
    I came across some really interesting information about watermelon which I wasn’t aware of before..worth the read – http://stirringchange.com/2015/12/21/summer_salad_watermelon_feta_coriander/

  • Anne

    Hi Elise, I live in the southern hemisphere with opposite seasons to you, so I usually have to dig through the archives to find recipes that are seasonally appropriate. Today was a stiflingly hot day, so I made the feta/mint version of this salad with the addition of tomato and cucumber. Absolutely delicious! I’ve never been a huge watermelon fan because I find it too bland and sweet, but this combination cuts the sweetness with salty, sour and even a hint of bitter flavors. Even my husband, who also doesn’t usually like watermelon and is sometimes weirded out by what I eat, is raving over it. This will definitely be repeated frequently over the next few months!

  • Donna

    A friend of mine brought to dinner a grapefruit-sized pear given to him by one of his students; it was an Asian pear, Korean specifically, crisp with a flavor of sweet melon. Having recently made and enjoyed a watermelon salad like the first one posted here, I thought to try the remainder of the pear in such a salad. Not as colorful as watermelon, but equally delicious!

  • lucky

    I made the salad yesterday and it was so good! Excellent recipe as usual!

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