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Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

This refreshing Watermelon Salad is brimming with sliced sweet watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese, red onions, and mint leaves all tossed in a simple yet unusually good sweet, tangy, and spicy dressing. A mouth-watering summer salad that will impress anybody!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 10kcal
Author Imma


  • cups (or 4 pound) seedless watermelon 
  • 1 cucumber , seeded and small diced 
  • ½ cup (66g) feta cheese or sub with queso Blanco 
  • ½  cup (57.5g) red onion , thin sliced 
  • 1 cup (25g) coarsely chopped mint leaves , some whole for garnish 

Watermelon Salad Dressing  

  • 3 tablespoon s (42ml) extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 tablespoon s (30ml) red vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) lime juice 
  • ¼ -½ teaspoon (0.5g-1g) cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (18g) honey 
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5g) hot sauce 
  • salt to taste 
  • ½ teaspoon (1g) freshly ground pepper 


  • Start by cutting off both ends of the watermelon. Then slice watermelon into half and cut in slices.
  • Place each slice on the cutting board. Then cut out the skin of the watermelon slices, as you cut it out rotate the slice. Be sure to cut out all the white part. Cut it into cubes and place in a large bowl.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, red vinegar, lime juice, cayenne, honey, hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, combine watermelon, cucumber, feta, onion, and chopped mint. Toss with dressing. 
  • Garnish with mint. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  1. Don’t like the spice? Skip the hot sauce and cayenne pepper. It will still be delicious. (See the FAQ Watermelon Salad Variations in the blog post for more.)
  2. Substitute Feta Cheese with Queso Blanco or even Goat Cheese.
  3. No red vinegar? Swap it with Apple Cider Vinegar or Balsamic Vinegar.
  4. You can enjoy this salad EVEN WITHOUT the dressing. HOWEVER,  the salad dressing actually brings all the flavors together. 
  5. To make this in advance, make this salad completely the night ahead and store it in the fridge. Or just add the mint and feta cheese on the day of serving. 
  6. See my How To Pick a Watermelon guide if you need clever tips on how to pick the best watermelon for your salad or smoothies.


Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg