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 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.
Looking for more salad recipes?
Outside of this watermelon feta salad, here are a few more of our favorite salad recipes:
- Wedge Salad with Potato Chips
- Easy Bean Salad
- Shepherd Salad
- Incredible No Mayo Potato Salad
- Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Caribbean Black Bean Salad
- Greek Salad
- Cucumber Salad with Vinegar
- Classic Vegan Potato Salad
- Peach & Burrata Caprese Salad
- Arugula & Tomato Burrata Salad
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This watermelon feta salad is vegetarian and gluten-free.Print
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
- Cut the watermelon into cubes and arrange them on a plate.
- 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
About the Authors
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 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.