Thursday, May 20, 2021

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon feta salad is made with fresh ingredients and drizzled with a simple oil dressing. Make this easy side dish in just 10 minutes!

Summertime fruits and vegetables, crisp greens, and salty feta crumbles are tied together with a little bit of avocado and honey to let the natural flavors shine.

Enjoy this watermelon and feta salad for a light lunch or as a refreshing side to grilled favorites like chicken or steak.

Looking for more summer salad recipes? I’ve got a delicious strawberry and spinach option or another that’s packed with fresh vegetables.

watermelon feta salad with dressing on top

Watermelon Feta Salad - Ingredient Notes

  • Greens - Avoid anything too bitter, otherwise use your favorite blend. Spring mix is a popular choice, while something as simple as baby spinach would taste great as well.
  • Fruit - Chill the melon in the refrigerator before preparing the salad so it’s easier to cut. The cooler temperature will also make the entire dish more refreshing.
  • Cucumber - With regular cucumbers, you may want to remove some or all of the peel especially if it’s particularly thick and waxy. Or, use an English variety which has a more delicate skin - it’s longer, thinner, and comes wrapped in plastic.
  • Feta - Try to get a good quality Greek or Bulgarian version for the best flavor. If you prefer something different, goat cheese or ricotta can be used instead.
  • Oil - I really enjoy avocado oil for the dressing, but feel free to use something like sunflower or light tasting olive oil. 

watermelon salad in a casserole dish

How To Choose A Watermelon

Seedless varieties work best for this recipe so you can slice and toss it right in.

Choose one with firm skin and a creamy yellow spot on one side. When you knock against the outside, you should hear a deep hollow sound to confirm that it is ripe.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all. Use the large one for serving the watermelon salad and a smaller one for mixing the dressing.
  • Quality Knives - If you only make one kitchen investment, it should be good quality knives. They cut down on prep time and are important for safety as well.
  • Cutting Board - A big solid cutting board makes prepping a breeze. I use mine daily, so it’s worth the cost to get a good quality one.
watermelon and feta salad

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What other ingredients can I add to watermelon salad?

The great thing about this simple recipe is that you can mix and match your flavors based on your personal preference and what you have available.

Fresh mint, strawberries, chopped walnuts, and even red onion all pair well with the other ingredients. Go ahead and experiment to create your favorite combination!

Can I make watermelon and feta salad ahead of time?

Yes, but I recommend adding the greens just before serving to keep them fresh. If you add them too early, they will lose their crispness and turn dark.

What’s the best way to store this?

Refrigerate in an airtight container and use by the next day for best results. I usually don’t keep it longer than 12 hours.

Enjoy!

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watermelon feta salad in a bowl



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Author: Donna Elick
Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon feta salad is made with fresh ingredients and drizzled with a simple oil dressing. Make this easy side dish in just 10 minutes!
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of fresh greens, washed and drained
  • 1 small or half of a medium seedless watermelon, cut in 1” cubes
  • 5 ounces cherry tomato, halves
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced and halves
  • 1 cup blueberries, washed
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbles
Avocado Oil Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Arrange the greens in a large bowl or a platter. Add watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, blueberries. Combine all together.
  2. In a small bowl combine avocado oil dressing. Whisk to combine.
  3. Top salad with feta and avocado dressing. Toss before serving.
  4. Serve cold as a side dish.
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. Chill watermelon in the refrigerator before preparing the salad.


watermelon feta salad

Originally published May 2021

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