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Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe » Simple and healthy recipe! ✅

I love cool summer watermelon. Its juicy and colorful nature just drives me crazy since summer. A triangle of sweet summer fruit makes me think of both after school and the beach during summer vacation. This Watermelon Feta Salad brings me back to those memories.

As a kid, one of my summer favorites was eating a triangle of ripe watermelon on a hot summer day. Now I like to find cool ways to turn that simple snack into an elevated dish. This watermelon salad recipe does just that.

What is in this article?

  • Why do watermelon and feta cheese work?
  • Because you will love this salad recipe.
  • ingredients
  • How to Make Watermelon Feta Salad
  • variations
  • Storage and freezing
  • Other salad recipes
  • Watermelon Feta Salad

Why do watermelon and feta cheese work?

With salty feta cheese, fresh watermelon and crisp cucumbers, especially the spicy green of arugula, this is the ultimate summer salad recipe. I love the way the savory components mix with the sweet flavors of summer fruit.

You can take it to a summer dinner or barbecue, or it’s the perfect side dish to accompany a weeknight grilling evening. Honestly, it’s also an amazing salad on its own.

There are also many ways to make variations on this salad. Don’t feel like dicing? Take a melon cake and make it instead of cutting it into pieces. Make changes to the vinaigrette or add your favorite fruit or vegetable. This salad is the one you can switch up so easily!

Because you will love this salad recipe.

Pretty – This colorful salad is a beautiful addition to any table, whether it’s a cookout or weeknight dinner.

Seasonal – The flavors of spring and summer are on full display in this dish.

Sweet and savory combinations: the salty flavor of feta rounds out the sweetness of the fruit. The vinaigrette brings it all together with the spiciness of mint and the light citrus flavor of lime.

ingredients

To make the salad:

  • fresh watermelon– Some grocery stores already have pre-cut watermelon cubes, but if yours doesn’t, it’s very easy to dice them. If you’re getting ready for a party, grab another one and surprise your guests with a barrel of watermelon.
  • fresh blueberries– Get them in the store or in your garden: the fresher they are, the better.
  • feta cheese– Can be cut into cubes or shredded. We recommend that you take it as fresh as possible and cut it yourself, but the easiest method for you is the one that works.
  • Cucumber– Again, get it from your garden, local farmer, or grocery store. You can remove the skin, but I prefer to leave them for my watermelon feta salad.
  • Arugula Salad– You can get this green pepper already bagged or get a local fresh batch. Simply rinse and add to salad.

For the vinaigrette:

  • Olive oil– Extra virgin olive oil is the best for this. If you have one on hand that is infused with herbs, it will bring out more flavors.
  • limes– If limes are hard to find where you are, use bottled lime (or lemon) juice instead. Either way, the citrus will add some zest.
  • distilled white vinegar– This simple ingredient is probably already in your pantry. If not, it must be!
  • treasure– I am a big fan of using local honey for many reasons, but you can choose your favorite brand. If you find it hard to combine when you shake it, you can always use a whisk.
  • Garlic– It will be necessary to chop it to ensure that it is well integrated into the vinaigrette. Also, chewing on unexpected bits of garlic isn’t for everyone.
  • Salt– You can use the salt you prefer. Typical table salt will work, but you can also experiment with sea salt or spice-infused salts.
  • black pepper– Grind it fresh directly into the vinaigrette, or you can sprinkle it from the shaker you have on the table.
  • chopped fresh mint– Try to finely chop the mint so that it can be mixed well with the dressing.

How to Make Watermelon Feta Salad

  1. Choose a large bowl or serving plate that will show off all the beautiful colors of this salad. You can stack the ingredients or just spread them evenly. It is ideal to start with the arugula on the bottom and then add the fruit, vegetables and finally the cheese.
  2. Use a glass jar or even a plastic food container, anything with a tight-fitting lid to make the dressing. Combine all ingredients for the dressing, then shake vigorously to completely mix all ingredients.
  3. If you eat right away you can dress the salad. Otherwise, serve the dressing with the salad, in the mason jar or other suitable container, to prevent the vegetables from wilting.

variations

  • berries and melons– Add strawberries or melons like cantaloupe or honeydew melon.
  • Cheese- Although this salad already has feta cheese, you can also add more delicate and textured cheeses such as fresh mozzarella, goat cheese or cotija.
  • legumes– For an appetizing texture, add some beans. Grab any canellini, chickpeas, or navy beans you like to add a creamy texture with one bite.
  • Seeds– Add some seeds to give it texture. Sunflower seeds are perfect with their small size, but almonds and walnuts will also add a lot of crunch.
  • Tomatoes- If you have some juicy, vibrant tomatoes from your garden, this is the perfect way to use them to add a pop of color. An even easier way to incorporate them is to add whole cherry tomatoes.
  • Olives- If you want more of that contrast between salty and sweet (and color), black olives are an ideal addition.
  • Protein -Want to add some salty meat to this Watermelon Feta Salad? Slice up some ham or sprinkle on some diced bacon to add an extra kick to this salad.
  • onion or basil– Finely chop the onion or basil (or both) to add even more flavor to the vinaigrette.
  • Red wine vinegar- Try substituting the white with red wine vinegar for an added kick.
  • skewers– If you’re serving it at a party and want it to be portable, you can pin the ingredients
  • Cups- Also for portability reasons, you can serve the salad in individual cups.
  • Dress- If you prefer a different dressing, try using a balsamic glaze.
  • Balsamic/honey reduction– Instead of the vinaigrette, mix the balsamic vinegar with the honey and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat until it thickens. Make sure to cool the mixture completely before sprinkling it over the salad.

Storage and freezing

You’ll want to devour this Watermelon Feta Salad right away. If not, you can keep it for a day or two. Be sure to remove the seasoning so you don’t end up with soggy vegetables. Freezing is not an option.

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  • Pickled Asparagus Salad
  • Tomato and Cucumber Salad

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Watermelon Feta Salad

With juicy watermelon, fresh cranberries and cucumbers, and crumbly feta, this Watermelon Feta Salad is perfectly refreshing for summer! Prep Time10 minTotal Time10 min Course: SaladCooking: AmericanKeyword: Watermelon Feta Salad Servings: 12 Calories: 1081kcal Author: Jessica Formicola Cooking Methods Keep screen from dimming

To make the salad:

  • 2 cups fresh watermelon, diced
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, diced or crumbled
  • ½ cup cucumber, chopped
  • 4 cups of arugula

For the vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
  • In a large serving bowl, platter, or other favorite container, layer or arrange the watermelon, cranberries, feta, cucumber, and arugula to taste.
  • Place the seasoning ingredients in a jar or other container with a lid and shake vigorously to combine.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss, or serve on the side.
  • If you have tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it went in the comments or star ratings.

Calories: 1081kcal | Carbs: 80g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 80g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated fat: 7 g | Monounsaturated fat: 45g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1906mg | Potassium: 935mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 4417IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 746mg | Iron: 4mg

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