Summer Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Mint
May 10, 2016 | Updated May 18, 2019 | By Suzy Karadsheh | 58 Comments
An easy, fresh and super light Mediterranean watermelon salad. Three main ingredients: watermelon, cucumber, and feta cheese. But to take it to the next level, we add some fresh mint, basil, and a honey vinaigrette. The perfect dish for your next neighborhood party!
As a child, my summers consisted of two things (mainly): the beach and watermelons. You see, living only a couple blocks away from the Mediterranean shores, our beach excursions were fairly regular. We got together with friends and neighbors early in the morning and walked to the beach in herds (yes, it was walking distance.) And nearly every family brought along a whole watermelon! It was our thing, I guess.
Once we got to the beach, our first order of business was to bury the watermelons deep in the sand so that they stayed cool while we went off to play. When we were ready for a break, we would dig up our watermelons and gather for a snack of watermelons and feta!
I realize how odd this watermelon story or memory sounds to you. But I share it only to make a simple point: watermelon and feta kinda run in my blood.
And the inspiration for today’s watermelon salad comes from those childhood beach days. Only this watermelon salad is a “neater,” more grown up version.
This watermelon salad starts with cubed watermelon and cucumbers. To amp up the flavor and freshness, I added both mint and basil leaves. You can choose one or the other if you prefer. Then I tossed the salad in a light vinaigrette of honey and lime juice. The crumbled creamy feta tops it all adding a nice salty contrast.
There is really no big magic behind this recipe. The key to the success of this watermelon salad is in choosing ripe watermelons. Among other things, a good watermelon should be symmetrical and heavy for its size.