Watermelon Salad with Feta & Cucumber

This watermelon salad could not be more refreshing! It pairs sweet melon with salty feta, cucumber, fresh basil and lemon zest.

Watermelon salad

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Alex, Larson and I are 1,000% embracing outdoor living this year: growing a garden, fixing up our patio, and eating all our meals outside. Our latest recipe to pair with this endeavor: Watermelon Salad! It’s so easy to make and goes with literally anything you throw on the grill. Give it a taste, and you’ll agree: it could not be more refreshing! Sweet melon with salty feta are a genius pairing: top them off with cucumber, fresh basil and lemon zest. (We stocked up on all the ingredients from ALDI, and they arrived via Instacart to our doorstep.) Here’s how to make it!

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Table with salads at cookout

What’s in this watermelon salad?

This watermelon salad recipe is truly easy to make and it’s one of the best watermelon recipes out there. It’s just matter of chopping a few ingredients and throwing them together on a platter. It’s a fantastic accessory for summer cookouts and potlucks. But because it’s so simple, the quality of the ingredients is key. You’ve got to have a super ripe watermelon and high quality feta cheese to make this one taste like 1 million bucks. Here’s what’s in this watermelon salad:

  • Ripe watermelon
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Baby or English cucumber (or use a standard cucumber and peel it!)
  • Fresh basil
  • Lemon
Cubed watermelon

Mix it up: other topping ideas!

For the topping of this watermelon salad, we’ve called for chopped basil, lemon zest, and some sea salt. But you can get as creative as you’d like! Here are some ideas:

  • Herbs. Use a different herb like mint or oregano.
  • Pepper or olive oil: You can even top with fresh ground pepper, or add a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Other citrus: If you’d like it tangier, add lemon juice — or go with lime zest instead!
How to make watermelon salad

How to tell if a watermelon is ripe?

Here are a few tips for picking out a ripe watermelon, if you’re at the store picking one out! There’s really nothing worse than an unripe watermelon: it’s not sweet at all (we know from experience)! To make sure you get ruby red, sweet flesh inside, here’s what to do:

  • Check the lighter spot where the watermelon rested in the field. It’s called a field spot. If the field spot is white, it’s unripe: if the spot is yellow, it’s ripe.
  • It should feel heavy. The watermelon should feel very heavy, which means there’s a lot of juice inside.

What if you’re shopping using Instacart? Simply ask your shopper to pick a watermelon with a yellow field spot!

Watermelon salad and rose wine

Suggested wine pairing: rosé!

Of course, what’s better for outdoor living than sipping a glass of rosé? For this outdoor meal with our watermelon salad, we served it with the La Rue Côtes de Provence Rosé from ALDI. It’s dry and full bodied, with hints of strawberry.

Other great drink pairings for this watermelon salad:

Watermelon salad with feta and cucumber

How to serve this watermelon salad

This watermelon salad goes with just about anything that hits your outdoor table! Alex and I created this recipe especially for our Memorial Day cookout! Here’s what we served it with:

Cookout potluck Memorial day

More recipes that pair well

If you need a few more ideas: there’s lots where that comes from! Here a few more ideas on how to serve this watermelon salad with feta and cucumber:

Watermelon salad

This watermelon salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Watermelon salad

Watermelon Salad with Feta & Cucumber

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This watermelon salad could not be more refreshing! It pairs sweet melon with salty feta, cucumber, fresh basil and lemon zest.



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  • 8 cups cubed ripe seedless watermelon (1 8-pound watermelon)
  • 2 organic mini cucumbers or 1/2 English cucumber (1 cup sliced)
  • 2 ounces Happy Farms Preferred Original Feta
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 basil leaves
  • Sea salt, for garnish
  • Suggested pairing: La Rue Côtes de Provence Rosé (available at ALDI)


  1. Chop the watermelon into cubes. Slice the cucumbers (if using an English cucumber, slice it into half moons). Chop the basil. Zest the lemon.
  2. Arrange the watermelon and cucumbers on a platter. Sprinkle with feta crumbles, lemon zest, and sea salt. Taste and adjust flavors as desired. (If you’d like, you can add freshly ground black pepper or a drizzle of olive oil.) Serve immediately. If making ahead, refrigerate the cubed watermelon separately: it releases a lot of water after it is cut. Then assemble the salad directly before serving.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Watermelon Salad, Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad, Watermelon Feta Salad, Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Last updated: March 2020

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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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