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Watermelon Feta Salad: a bright, summery salad to refresh your taste buds

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
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For a beautiful, refreshing salad you can make this summer, there's nothing like watermelon feta salad. This is one sweet yet savory salad that absolutely everyone will love. It's made with juicy, sweet watermelon, creamy avocado, sharp red onions, and refreshing cucumber tossed with a garlic-lime dressing and topped with salty feta cheese.

Watermelon feta salad is a fantastic side dish to serve at picnics and barbecues. This salad only takes a few minutes to prep and assemble, so watermelon feta salad is an ideal last-minute side dish you can whip up for a summer get-together with friends and family.

Watermelon Feta Salad Ingredients

We love watermelon feta salad for its bright, fresh flavor.

To make this beautiful eye-catching salad, you'll need fresh watermelon, cucumber, red onion, and avocado, plus some mint leaves and feta cheese.

To make the tangy-savory dressing, gather up some garlic, lime juice (freshly squeezed only, please), extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of salt.

How to Make Watermelon Feta Salad

You can throw this easy watermelon feta salad together in no time. Start by mixing up the dressing. Simply whisk all the dressing ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Next, spread the watermelon, cucumber, and onions on a platter.

Pour half the dressing over the top. Scatter the feta, avocado, and mint over the watermelon layer. Drizzle the rest of the dressing, add a sprinkling of salt, and serve your beautiful, refreshing salad.

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Tips for the Best Watermelon Feta Salad

Cut your watermelon, cucumber, and avocado so the pieces are roughly the same size. This makes the salad easier to eat.

Make sure your avocado is ripe before cutting it and adding it to the salad. It should be firm but yield ever so slightly when gently squeezed.

You can serve your watermelon feta salad over with some whole grains like quinoa or couscous to make it a complete meal. It's great for lunch!

What to Serve with Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon is synonymous with summer, so serve it with your favorite summery barbecue and picnic dishes. Enjoy your watermelon feta salad with burgers, grilled sausages, mushroom burgers, barbecue ribs, and mac and cheese. It's also excellent with cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, tacos, or wraps.

Watermelon Feta Salad Variations

There's no shortage of clever ways to jazz up a watermelon feta salad. Instead of mint, sprinkle fresh basil, rosemary, or thyme over the salad.

Try adding some sliced fennel bulb for an ultra-fresh flavor and a bit of crunch.

Pomegranate seeds and nuts are also a fabulous way to add texture to this salad.

Use goat cheese instead of feta for a tangier twist.

Kalamata olives also make a great addition for those who love sweet and savory combinations.

You can drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over the top as a finishing touch or use balsamic dressing instead of the lime dressing.

If you like spice, add a dash of hot sauce for an incredible flavor combo that everyone will love!

How to Store Watermelon Feta Salad

Store your watermelon feta salad in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Ingredients
for the dressing
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp
Lime juice
3 tbsp
Garlic, minced
1/2 clove
salt to taste
for the salad
watermelon, cubed
5 cups
red onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup
feta cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup
avocado, cubed
1
torn mint leaves
1/3 cup
salt to taste
cucumber, diced
1 cup

Instructions

Whisk the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and salt in a small bowl.

Lay out the watermelon, cucumber, and onions on a platter.

Drizzle half the dressing over the top of the spread.

Scatter the feta, avocado, and mint over the watermelon layer.

Drizzle the rest of the dressing, add a sprinkling of salt, and serve.

Notes

You can make your watermelon feta salad up to two days in advance.

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