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. Bonnie says:

    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.

  2. Amber Miramontes says:

    My favorite is caprese salad

  3. Stacy says:

    My favorite salad is taco salad. I also love a good lettuce salad with grilled chicken.

  4. Christy says:

    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. 🙂

  5. Lauren says:

    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.

  6. Julie Fogg says:

    BLT salads with avocados!

  7. Debbie Bates says:

    Any Salad that someone else makes for me! I love salad, but hate making it!

  8. Bev says:

    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!

  9. Amanda says:

    Black bean and corn. Yummy!

  10. A_Shoemaker says:

    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.

  11. Catherine says:

    Any salad with a dressing made from walnut oil is my favorite 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks!

  12. Cynthia Hamm says:

    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!

  13. Angella Carlisle says:

    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!

  14. Krista says:

    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.

  15. Angella Carlisle says:

    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!

  16. Tiffany says:

    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.

    1. Suzanne Gravito says:

      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. 🙂

  17. Christie Marie says:

    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!

  18. Sue says:

    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.

  19. Nancy says:

    I love all kinds of salads. I like to make a sour cream and dill potato salad with teeny tiny new potatoes.

  20. Alison says:

    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!

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