Watermelon Feta Salad

Sweet watermelon complements salty feta perfectly in this watermelon feta salad recipe. With just 6 ingredients, it’s easy to make and tastes incredible.

watermelon feta salad recipe

Watermelon and feta might seem like an unlikely combination, but it proved to be worth the risk in this watermelon feta salad recipe. Crisp, sweet watermelon complements the salty feta perfectly without either flavor overpowering the other! It’s one of Alex and my favorite salads, so we knew we wanted to share the watermelon feta salad here. It’s perfect for summer gatherings!

How to choose a watermelon

Because this watermelon feta salad is so simple, it’s important that you buy the best quality ingredients. You’ll want a watermelon that feels heavy for its size (that means there’s lots of juice inside!). Most watermelons should have a patch on the bottom, which is where they were resting on the ground before being picked. If the patch is yellow, the watermelon is ripe (if it’s white, it’s unripe). And make sure to give the melon a good thump (yes, you will feel slightly odd doing this. Embrace it!). A ripe, juicy watermelon should sound deep and hollow. (Source: The Kitchn)

Buying the best feta cheese

Equally as important is the feta cheese you purchase. Skip the pre-crumbled stuff, and go for a block of full-fat feta cheese. Alex and I have found that this kind of feta has the best flavor, and it’s most like the feta served in Greece. You also want to avoid feta that’s made from cow’s milk, as that’s not true feta. It crumbles more easily, which isn’t what you want. If you can find it, feta from Greece has incredible flavor; we’ve found it at our local grocery store.

Related: Greek Salad

Making watermelon feta salad

If you like the combination of fresh herbs and watermelon, feel free to play around with other flavor combinations besides rosemary. I’ve seen other recipes use basil and mint in watermelon feta salad recipes, or a combination of both herbs. While I’m sure this is delicious, I can’t personally speak to how much of these other herbs you should mix into this watermelon feta salad. I’d say start with a small sprinkle of fresh herbs, and add more gradually until you find a ratio of herbs to melon that you enjoy. But whatever you do, don’t use dried herbs in this salad. Just trust me on this one, that’s one recipe not worth experimenting with.

Watermelon is in season until September, so make this watermelon feta salad recipe while you can! This recipe is not only extremely easy, but it also looks beautiful on the plate. You can also prep this recipe the night before a big event like a summer barbecue. The feta will go slightly soft, and the salty-sweet flavors of the dish will meld together in the fridge.

Related: Looking for watermelon appetizers? Try our watermelon gazpacho.

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This watermelon feta salad is vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Sweet watermelon complements salty feta perfectly in this watermelon feta salad recipe. With just 6 basic ingredients, this salad is super easy to make.


  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed and chilled
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Cut the watermelon into cubes and arrange them on a plate.
  2. Add crumbles of feta and a few leaves of fresh rosemary (if desired). Drizzle with olive oil, and top with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: watermelon feta salad recipe, Watermelon recipes, Salad Recipes, Watermelon Salad, Summer Salad Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    August 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I like the look of the new blog! Er, um, website! :)

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    August 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    This is my new favorite thing – feta cheese and watermelon – but I never thought about making it into a salad… I’ll have to try it! Good work guys! I enjoy reading about your food exploits!

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    August 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    oops that last post was from Teresa, forgot to put my name…

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    August 9, 2010 at 3:25 am

    love it! you two inspire me, and make me proud. can’t wait to start trying some of your recipes!

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    August 9, 2010 at 4:41 am

    I’ve been seeing this combo lately and have also been wanting to try it!!

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    BusyMOM @ Easy Appetizers
    September 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

    This looks absolutely divine! Two of my favorite flavors. Why didn’t I think of that! Thanks for sharing!

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    September 7, 2010 at 3:22 am

    This has been a tradition in Syria from a long time ago. We east watermelon with anytime of white unsalted cheese (grilled haloumi works well too) and some people have it with bread too. It’s not really a salad but it works well. :)

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      September 7, 2010 at 3:24 am

      sorry so many typos! *We eat watermelon with any type of white unsalted cheese.

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      September 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

      Wow, I had no idea this was traditionally Syrian – how interesting! I have been meaning to try grilled haloumi for a while too – any tips?

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    September 7, 2010 at 3:23 am

    oops I meant eat!

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    Chocolate Shavings
    September 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Looks nice and refreshing!

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    September 14, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I love this combination. You should also try watermelon and feta wrapped in prosciutto. I once ate an entire plate of it instead of a “real” dinner!

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    Pam @ Kitchen Cookware Set
    September 14, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I would not have ever imagined to bring watermelon and feta together, but they both are my favorite food and picture looks amazing so I am going to make it and I know I will love it, thank you for being unconventional.

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    Popi/taste advisor
    September 14, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Hi ! Very nice blog!
    I am Greek and to us watermellon and feta has been a win to win combination for year! Try a little balsamico and arugula as a base to your salad next time!
    Have a nice day!

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      September 14, 2010 at 9:50 am

      Balsamic and arugula sounds great!

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