Fresh Watermelon Feta & Mint Salad

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.

Watermelon Feta Salad - A cool refreshing salad that's perfect for Mother's Day and looks great in these Vintage Pyrex Bowls

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.

  1. Cut watermelon into 1 inch chunks and drain any excess juices in a colander.
  2. Place Arugula leaves in a large salad bowl and top with the watermelon chunks and crumbled feta cheese.
  3. Chop fresh mint leaves and add to the top of the salad.
  4. Drizzle dressing to coat the greens, and toss.

So simple right?

Watermelon Feta Salad - A cool refreshing salad that's perfect for Mother's Day and looks great in these Vintage Pyrex Bowls

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. Watch how to make it in this quick video (it’s so easy). 

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
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • pepper

Got your ingredients? Perfect. Now you just have to whisk the juices, shallots, honey, salt and pepper 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.

Watermelon Feta Salad - A cool refreshing salad that's perfect for Mother's Day and looks great in these Vintage Pyrex Bowls

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.

Watermelon Feta Salad - A cool refreshing salad that's perfect for Mother's Day and looks great in these Vintage Pyrex Bowls

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

I love the fresh flavors in this watermelon feta salad recipe and how easily it comes together. Made with mint, and a homemade orange dressing.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Lunch
  • Diet: Low Calorie
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • ¼ cup minced shallots (1 large)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator.
  2. Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well.
  4. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 salad
  • Calories: 284
  • Sugar: 10.7g
  • Sodium: 628.7mg
  • Fat: 24.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5.3g
  • Cholesterol: 22.3mg

137 thoughts on “Fresh Watermelon Feta & Mint Salad”

  1. Carol says:

    I love just a simple mixed fruit salad with a little bit of OJ/yogurt dressing and some type of nut tossed in.

  2. Val says:

    Broccoli salad with red onion, dried cranberries, grapes, and toasted walnuts in a vinegar based dressing.

  3. Liz says:

    Love your salad. I like lots of salads – caesar and many pasta salads. Your giveaway is a charming one.

  4. Sarah says:

    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.

    1. Vicki says:

      I love Zaatar on just about anything! Discovered it in Israel. Now I just need to give your daughter’s salad a whirl.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    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.

  6. yasmin sanchez says:

    Our favorite is avocado,hearts of palm and watercress with some olive oil, salt, pepper and balmasic vinegar.

  7. Laura B says:

    I like throwing a salad together with a mixture of lettuce, apples, craisins, feta and whatever dressing I have on hand

  8. Sarah says:

    I love to make barbeque ranch chicken salad (use things like: black beans, corn, onion, lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, cheese and tortilla chips).

  9. LaTanya says:

    I like making a tomato and cucumber salad with a just a little bit of salt and pepper.

  10. Alina Carcea says:

    I make a great andive and apple salad with lemon and olive oil. Yummy!

  11. Natalia Berardo says:

    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!

  12. Alina carcea says:

    Andive and apple salad with lemon and olive oil

  13. Megan says:

    This looks delicious! I love any salad with chicken from the grill. Especially southwestern inspired, with avocado for sure. 🙂

  14. Marita says:

    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!

  15. Hristina says:

    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.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Hristina, I might have to make this!

  16. Callie says:

    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.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      is there anything better than salty blue cheese and pear? yum!

  17. Alexandria says:

    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!

  18. Vickie says:

    Love taco salad and green salads.

  19. Amy Pacheco says:

    I love strawberry spinach salad

  20. Katie says:

    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.)

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