Apr 29, 2016
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This watermelon feta salad with is one of my mom’s favorite recipes and I have to agree with her. It’s the perfect side dish for a Summer BBQ and makes a pretty amazing lunch too.
In spite of having a busy schedule with three kids plus an exchange student, travel, work, and life, my mom and I still manage to spend a lot of time together. We do dinner at my parents one night per week, and I can’t tell you how much I love that we do that. Salad is always on the menu, and when it’s hot outside, this refreshing Watermelon, Feta and Mint salad is a must have.
How to Make Watermelon Feta Salad
This salad is so simple to make and comes together in a flash. If you can cut a watermelon – you can make this salad! Here’s how its done.
Cut watermelon into 1 inch chunks and drain any excess juices in a colander.
Place Arugula leaves in a large salad bowl and top with the watermelon chunks and crumbled feta cheese.
- Add mint
Chop fresh mint leaves and add to the top of the salad.
- Add the dressing
Drizzle dressing to coat the greens, and toss.
So simple right?
Recipe Variation: Make Mint Watermelon Salad without Arugula here
Dressing for Watermelon Salad
Now that you’ve made a delicious watermelon and feta salad, you have to decide how to top it. One of the most popular dressings to use for this type of salad is a Balsamic Vinaigrette.
I’ll be honest, I’m a huge fan of Balsamic dressing, and you can usually find a jar of my own homemade version in my fridge on any given day.
While I do love traditional Balsamic on any salad, for this recipe, I am going to strongly suggest you try my Orange Salad Dressing. It provides just the right amount of citrusy goodness that makes this salad the perfect Summer recipe.
This dressing can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, and you can use it as an easy chicken marinade too.
How to Make Orange Salad Dressing
Start with a few basic ingredients:
- Freshly squeezed orange juice
- Freshly squeeze lemon juice
- Minced shallots
- Olive oil
Got your ingredients? Perfect. Now you just have to whisk the juices, shallots, honey, and salt in a small bowl. Slowly pour in the oil while you continue to whisk to form an emulsion.
And that’s it! You can whip this dressing up in no time, and it truly is the best way to top this amazing Watermelon Feta Salad.
With summer around the corner, our ovens are looking forward to taking a break from regular use. No one wants to heat up the house more than necessary in the hot summer months in the south! Which is why many of my summer recipes are similar to this one, fresh, delicious, and mouthwatering.
More Summer Salad Recipes
My mom doesn’t like to have the same salad twice in a week while I love to repeat some of my favorites. Of course, I’ve shared all my favorite salad recipes with you here, and you can always find salad inspiration with the recipes below.
Some of these salads make great side dishes, while others can be an entire meal all on their own. I pack salads as cold lunches for the office several days a week (no reheating needed!), and all of these have gone in my work lunchbox in the past month.
- BLT Salad
- Asian Kale Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
- Santa Fe Chicken Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Chicken Caprese Salad
If you are always on the go like I am, this salad is great because you have to serve it immediately. Make it, toss it, and enjoy! You don’t have to wait for a BBQ night to enjoy this one.
Watermelon Feta Salad
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice , about 2 lemons
- ¼ cup minced shallots , 1 large
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 6 cups baby arugula washed and spun dry
- 3 cups seedless watermelon cut in 1-inch cubes
- 8 ounces feta cheese crumbled
- 1 cup whole fresh mint leaves finely chopped
- Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, and salt. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. If not using within an hour, transfer the vinaigrette to an airtight container or lidded jar and refrigerate.
- Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl.
- Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well.
- Taste for seasonings and serve immediately.
We like romaine lettuce, chopped apples, chopped & toasted walnuts, craisins, chopped fresh mozzarella and sometimes chicken with homemade vinaigrette that has red wine vinegar, olive oil, water, salt, sugar and honey mustard. We are large, homeschooling family so we eat big salads several days a week for lunch. This really helps with after lunch energy crashes!
My family Loves the Broccoli Salad I just made!! First time ever making it & it was Wonderfully successful which is Always a hit with Me!!!
One of my favorite salads is tabbouleh. The other is cauliflower and pepperoni with blue chesse dressing.
These bowls are super cute! My favorite salad to make is Summer Salad (broccoli, cauliflower, onions, bacon, cheese with a mayo type dressing). Yum. Now, I’m hungry. 😉
My favorite salad to make for my daughter is a very simple salad. It is arugula, cranberries, blueberries, pistachios, and feta. She will only eat salad with arugula!
I love making greek salad for my family. Whether it is pasta, romaine or just tomatoes, onions and cucumber with that fabulous feta cheese and classic home made Greek dressing…….we love it!
I love all kinds of salads. I like to make a sour cream and dill potato salad with teeny tiny new potatoes.
I love combining greens and fruit in a salad. Some of my favorites are spinach or kale with watermelon, blueberries & feta or strawberries & mandarin oranges.
I love watermelon feta salad, it’s such a great summer time treat! Cucumber, tomato and avocado salad is another favorite of mine along with my own twist on buffalo chicken – mixed greens topped with raw zucchini noodles, roasted cauliflower, onion, tomato, buffalo chicken and blue cheese. I think I found my inspiration for lunch one day this week!
My daughter and I love making fruit salads. Anything we pick from the farm is fresh dibs on the salad so it is always changing and makes for a great side or a snack.
We also are loving the cucumber-avocado-feta salad.
My favorite salad is called the salad of love. Its Spinach, bean sprouts, sliced mushrooms, chopped up red and yellow pepper, chopped nuts (any kind) I prefer cashews and I add some sliced strawberries and crumbled feta cheese . Dressing I do balsamic and olive oil minced garlic and salt and pepper. I usually make ahead the dressing 24 hrs before (better taste.)
And that’s it!! 🙂 It’s a winner at our house. 🙂
I love salads! I eat them every day! My favorite right now, since the weather is warming up, is grilled chicken on a bed of spring mix greens with fresh strawberries, blueberries, pecans, goat or feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. I eat my salads in bowls, and those Pyrex ones are adorable!
I really love salad with lots of “stuff”, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and all the veggies with just enough greens to know it’s a salad, hahaha. Great picture of you and your mom by the way.
I love salads! I eat them almost every day, and I love to mix it up. My favorite right now, since the weather is warming up, is grilled chicken on a bed of spring mix greens with strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and goat cheese or feta cheese with some balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!
I love any salad! But, I especially love a chicken Caesar salad that has grilled romaine lettuce. Super delish. I like my salads in a bowl too!
Any salad with a dressing made from walnut oil is my favorite 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks!
Our families favorite salad it a simple Greek salad. We can eat it by the bowlful (notice I said bowl) :)and it is a staple at potluck events. We also have a watermelon feta salad that we serve with grilled chicken in the summer. It is minus the greens and made with cucumbers, Kalamata olives, red onion, feta and a lemon-herb vinaigrette. Also a family favorite.
Black bean and corn. Yummy!
My favorite salad is a fairly new one to me. It’s called “Mexi-Corn Salad”. It has Mexi-Corn, regular corn, red onion, mayo, sour cream, black olives, and corn chips. It is easy to make and sooooo good!
Any Salad that someone else makes for me! I love salad, but hate making it!
BLT salads with avocados!
That mint plant looks so happy! We moved from the coast to a bit inland (from a condo to a house) and my husband planted our mint that had been in pots in the ground, I think he left them root bound, they look so sad 🙁 Our new house has a fig tree and during fig season we made an incredible watermelon fig salad. I can’t wait, the figs are popping up all over, still green though.
My favorite salad is lots of spinach with candied cranberry goat cheese crumbles ,diced cucumber, red peppers, figs and chicken all topped with an apricot vinaigrette. Yummy. Now I’m hungry. 🙂
My favorite salad is taco salad. I also love a good lettuce salad with grilled chicken.
My favorite is caprese salad
My family loves a nice Greek salad. I love the look of your fresh mint, watermelon, and feta salad. I make my Greek salad with cucumber, tomato, red onion, and feta mixed with red led lettuce. I make a dressing with extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, a little Dijon mustard and apple cider or red wine vinegar and freshly pressed garlic and oregano.
I haven’t met a salad I didn’t like but my 2 favorite ingredients to use are avocado and / or feta cheese.
I love fruit in salads. My favorite is strawberries, broccoli, sharp cheddar, and sunflower seeds with poppy seed dressing.
I love broccoli salad!
I am loving kale/broccoli stems/shaved brussel sprouts with nuts, dried fruit and a sweet slaw dressing.
I love Tomato and feta salads!
We love make your own salad night! I put out greens and tons of different toppings – nuts, fruit, cheese, avocado, seeds, legumes, and more.
my kids really only eat Caesar Salad. So I make that for them quite a bit. I have a delicious quinoa salad with apples, walnuts and a delicious maple dressing. I could eat it everyday.
Taco salad. It’s my favorite food!
Cobb salads are my fav!
hands down my family’s fav salad is sliced cucumbers with sliced or baby tomatoes, fresh basil and baby mozarella or bocconcini! that’s it. so simple. almost everybody likes it.
Pasta salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and mozzarella chunks with a homeade Italian dressing!
My favorite salad is an oldie and one my used to make often: chopped broccoli and cauliflower, green onion, bacon, raisins and a creamy dressing
Sttawberry, spinach & feta salad with strawberry vinaigrette
I love making a bowl of spring mix, chopped tomatoes and avocado, and adding a scoop of Albacore Tuna-salad on top, made with homemade mayo and lemon pepper. My husband and I both really enjoy it for lunch!
I love pasta salads with all kinds of different noodles including veggie noodles
Your recipe looks yummy
That looks wonderful!! I enjoy taco salads.
I love extravagant salads with all the fixings, so to speak. At home I mostly make basic salads spinach and kale or spinach and field greens. My kids like salad once in awhile. What I like most about your recipe is a fun salad that I think my kids would love. I can’t wait for everything to align and we try it. 🙂
I love to make waldorf salad.
We love salad with fruit! Our favorite has apples and strawberries with goat cheese over mixed greens served with a balsamic vinaigrette. But I can’t wait to try this watermelon feta salad.
A nice chef salad
Our family loves to make Italian chopped salad with homemade red wine vinaigrette dressing. It is the one salad everyone will eat!
I love any salad with meat fruit and nuts, Summertime I eat lots of different salads. I’m definitely going to try this one with my son I know Id eat it
My favorite is
Main Dish Salad
Approximately 6 Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips cooked and cubed
bag of Coleslaw mix
2 small cans of Mandarin Oranges- Drained
Chow Mein Noodles
Brianna’s Poppy Seed Dressing
Toss together desired amount . Lightly dress and toss again. Add chow Mien noodles when ready to serve and toss again. Serve and Enjoy!
yum. I bet the crispy chicken makes this salad soooooo good!
This salad looks amazing, Laura! I will try to see if the picky 5year old will eat it. He loves watermelon. My favorite salad would be a sprouts, veggies, feta, black olives with homeade vinaigrette. Enjoy your Mom, you are so lucky to have her in your life and now so close :). I miss making salads, just doing things and just talking with my Mom.
thanks Lisa! I consider myself super lucky to have my mom around. I’m crossing my fingers for you that your 5yo will eat this!
My favorite salad and one that my kiddos love as well is Cheese Tortellini Salad. It has dried cranberries, celery, apple, almonds, and feta with a wonderful vinaigrette. The bowls are so beautiful!
Pasta salad made with noodles and diced ham instead of pepperoni.
any salad is refreshing to me. Especially with a surprise fruit inside. thanks for the inspiration
I love making a tomatoe and cucumber salad in the summer for my family. Both of my younge boys just eat it up.
I love to make a cranberry walnut feta salad with a poppyseed dressing. A favorite for potlucks!
Our favorite salad is spinach strawberry with walnuts!!
I’ll make a kale salad or cold pasta with cheese and veggies and Italian dressing that my kids love.
I love pasta salads: mix-ins salmon, green olives, celery. But I am going to try your salad )w/ pea shoots in lieu of arugula) – looks delish!
Cute bowls! I would love to add them to our collection. We like to have our salads in bowls. We like a spinach greens salad with carrot, cucumbers, cashews, dried cherries and poppy seed salad dressing. Yum! Anxious to try your salad recipe.
Black bean, corn, quinoa, and fire roasted tomatoes! Add some avocado for a refreshing and delicious salad!
I love trying all kinds of new salads, but my favorite lately is a copycat of a superfood side from a certain chicken restaurants.
I love light salads with fruit. So I mostly toss together spinach with strawberries or mango. Also adding nuts because I love crunchy things and a tangy vinegarette….yummy!
Pasta salad with lots of veggies and a vinaigrette dressing
I don’t have a specific salad that I love to make for my family but I love to put certain ingredients in my salads like beets and goat cheese! I love the contrast of the sweet beets and the tangy goat cheese!
My family loves ginger steak salad!
Spinach, bacon and hard-boiled egg – delish!
I can’t get my family to eat salad. Maybe cute little bowls will help!
I wished I loved watermelon, but I don’t. I’m kind of a picky eater, so making up salad combinations is hard for me. I just make the basic lettuce, boiled egg, shredded cheese and bacon, with ranch dressing. Not too exciting, but I love it.
My favorite salad is a mixed green salad topped with berries that have been marinated in balsamic vinegar, feta, and pralines. I had something similar at a wedding reception once, and it was so fantastic that I went home and played around with replicating it the very next day.
Our favorite seems to be an antipasto salad with a light vinaigrette dressing. Also, love my buffalo chicken pasta salad – those would both be perfect in those cute bowls! 🙂
Mixed greens, strawberries, avocado, red onion, toasted almonds or pecans, and raspberry vinegarette! I sometimes make it a chicken salad if it is to be the main entrée.
Spinach salad with almonds and strawberries. Salad dressing: apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, safflower oil and a wee bit of honey dijon. My kids ACTUALLY will eat spinach this way.
spinach + strawberries is such a great combo!
This may be my new favorite salad! I like a salad with lots of greens, herbs and vegetables with a greek yogurt, dill and garlic dressing I make.
I have an Italian salad that I make with pastrami and everyone in my family likes it.
We like to make a greek inspired salad w/diced cucumber, kalamata olive, cherry tomato, red onion, feta, & olive oil/vinegar; to go w/BBQ burgers & yogurt mint sauce. Put it all together & it’s so yummy in a pita pocket!
I love to make a roasted corn salad with avocado, tomato and fresh cilantro-tastes like summer! Your watermelon salad look delish! I just got some watermelon today, I will have to try it out!
I love a hearty taco salad with homemade salsa ranch dressing. Yummy!
I love those bowls too! My favorite salad is a spinach strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing
I like Chinese chicken salad!
I have been in a salad rut, so thank you for the new ideas.
I’ll try to keep them coming 🙂
I really enjoy mixing fruit with different kinds of greens. It is always such a refreshing mix. I haven’t tried the watermelon salad recipe yet but definitely plan to. My son and I both really like watermelon so this should be a hit. My current favorite salad is spinach and strawberry salad. I make it with feta cheese and use a blueberry vinaigrette. Yummy!!
I love mixing a bit of broccoli slaw or shredded cabbage with baby spinach, chicken, craisins and pepitas or almonds with poppy seed dressing.
This is my favorite lunch, that I can eat everyday.
We love any mixed green salad with summer veggies straight out of our garden.
One of my favorite spring salad is spinach, strawberries, feta and poppy seed.
I eat a big salad every day for lunch. I begin with a bowlful of greens, drizzled with homemade vinaigrette. The salad is topped with whatever veggies and proteins I have leftover from dinner the night before. It is always yummy, filling and varied.
My favorite salad to make is a salad bar. I use all my little bowls and cut up some of whatever is in the veggie drawer plus something for protein. Everybody gets what they want. I need to remember to put out fruit sometimes too.
I love making a salad with mixed organic greens, feta cheese, slivered almonds, cranberries, and griped chicken.
We love my garbanzo bean , olives, tomatoes, sweet onion, shredded cheddar cheese mix moistened with a bit of real mayo, stuffed with lettuce into a pita bread or eaten in a bowl! Yummy
My current favorite is mixed greens, cubed organic roasted turkey, avocado, chopped celery, green onions, and carrots with olive oil and apple cider vinegar (or dandelion pesto when I have come in the freezer.)
I love strawberry spinach salad
Love taco salad and green salads.
I love making greek salad with feta, olives, grape tomatoes, cucumber
And red onion. Dressing is oregano, lots of fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Yum!
Oh Em Geeee I can’t wait to try this!! I’m a lover of fruit in my salad. Most recent favorite is with pear and bleu cheese.
is there anything better than salty blue cheese and pear? yum!
My favourite salad is a staple in my native country – Bulgaria. It is called Shopska salad and is made of cubed tomatoes, peeled and cut cucumbers, strips of red or green peppers, and chopped onions. Combine all the ingredients and sprinkle with salt, olive oil and vinegar. The salad is then topped with grated feta cheese and garnished with chopped parsley. A whole chilli pepper can be added to individual settings for lovers of spicy flavores.
Hristina, I might have to make this!
My favorite hearty salad to make is a roasted butternut squash and pumpkin seeds over a bed of greens with goat cheese and a drizzle of oil and balsamic! The warm squash makes the cheese melt slightly and mix with the oil and vinegar to make a dressing that’s filled deliciousiousness!
This looks delicious! I love any salad with chicken from the grill. Especially southwestern inspired, with avocado for sure. 🙂
Andive and apple salad with lemon and olive oil
I love salads with greens and fruit-just like the one just posted!
One of my favorites is arugula, mango and a spicy honey vinagrette with cashews. Yum!
I make a great andive and apple salad with lemon and olive oil. Yummy!
I like making a tomato and cucumber salad with a just a little bit of salt and pepper.
I love to make barbeque ranch chicken salad (use things like: black beans, corn, onion, lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, cheese and tortilla chips).
I like throwing a salad together with a mixture of lettuce, apples, craisins, feta and whatever dressing I have on hand
Our favorite is avocado,hearts of palm and watercress with some olive oil, salt, pepper and balmasic vinegar.
I make salads for myself almost every day to take for lunch. I try to change it by adding dried cranberries, nuts, cheese, or garbanzo beans.
My seven year old daughter loves to make us a delicious and simple Israeli salad. She slices(with my help) some cucumber, tomato, cilantro, adds lemon juice and olive oil, then sprinkles some zaatar spice on top.
I love Zaatar on just about anything! Discovered it in Israel. Now I just need to give your daughter’s salad a whirl.
Love your salad. I like lots of salads – caesar and many pasta salads. Your giveaway is a charming one.
Broccoli salad with red onion, dried cranberries, grapes, and toasted walnuts in a vinegar based dressing.
I love just a simple mixed fruit salad with a little bit of OJ/yogurt dressing and some type of nut tossed in.
Lots of great salad ideas in the comments! The bowls are so pretty and beat the Walmart paper ones I currently use!
you can find these at Target 😉
I love watermelon salad and I make mine similar with kalamata olives.
I love salad. As long as there is no bleu cheese on it, I will eat it.
I love salad, and I’m not sure I have a favorite. I love taco salads, Asian salads, broccoli salads, layered salads and I could go on and on.
Ramen Noodle Salad!
I love strawberry salad with poppy-seed dressing!
I love to make (and eat) chicken cesar pasta salad. It’s quick, simple and filling! My go to on busy weeknights.
My favorite salad to make is taco salad with either chicken or ground turkey taco meat, romaine, carrots, black beans, olives, tomatoes, corn, cheese, avacado, fresh salsa and creamy cilantro dressing
It’s so hard to pick a favorite! My husband’s favorite has greens, goat cheese, pecans, craisins and apples with my homemade vinegarette:). I love the look of these bowls!
Our favorite salad is filled with whatever we have ready in the garden (now through October) and whatever we have as shoots in the winter. We always plant a variety of greens, plus radishes, carrots, peas, and beans.
My favorite salad is actually from a place in Dallas called Snappy Salads…but now that I don’t live in Dallas I approximate it: romaine hearts, spinach (or any leafy greens), shredded carrots, cucumbers, jicama, cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries or golden raisins, bacon bits, feta or goat cheese crumbles, balsamic vinaigrette …and in the winter I swap tomatoes for pomegranate seeds. It’s super yummy. And those bowls are cute! Thanks for the opportunity!
that salad sounds amazing!!
I make a quinoa salad with chopped vegetables (but I omit the watery ones like cucumber & tomato) and feta cheese.
Cauliflower, bacon, onion, lettuce with a creamy dressing–got that recipe from my mother and we often make it together for holiday meals
that recipe sounds delicious Alli!
I love cucumber tomato avocado salad. It’s easy & delicious. I always have all three so it’s fun to make different variations and it plates beautifully when we have company.
Love Pyrex anything!
I love a spinach salad with strawberries, blueberries, feta cheese.
My favorite salad to make is a strawberry spinach with walnuts and fetta cheese.
I love to make a simple spinach, strawberry and feta salad with poppy seed dressing.
Your salad looks delish, I can’t wait to try it!! My favorite salad is tabbouleh, hands down (and then probably potato salad, lol) but most days for lunch I have mixed greens, diced tomatoes, cukes, and green peppers with a few diced hard boiled eggs and a drizzle of EVOO and balsamic vinegar. So yummy!!
I like pasta and potato salads
I make a lot of salads in the summer also. I enjoy making different pasta salads.