Watermelon Salad with Feta & Cucumber

Is there anything more refreshing than a watermelon salad? This one features salty feta, cucumber, fresh basil, and lemon zest.

Watermelon salad

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Alex, Larson and I could not be more excited to embrace outdoor living this year! Last summer we traveled a lot (our cookbook tour and a Europe vacation), which while incredible made the summer feel a little hurried. This year, we’re all about digging into our space: growing a garden, fixing up our patio, and eating all our meals outside! This watermelon salad is perfect for embracing outdoor living: it’s easy and goes with anything you throw on the grill. We stocked up on all the ingredients from ALDI: which is our go-to for every season! All the ingredients arrived via Instacart to our doorstep: the ultimate in convenience. Keep reading for the watermelon salad recipe!

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Watermelon salad with cucumber and feta
How to make watermelon salad

How to make watermelon salad

This watermelon salad recipe is truly easy: 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.

Related: German Cucumber Salad | Watermelon Gazpacho

How to tell if a watermelon is ripe?

If you’re at the store picking out your own watermelon, here are a few tips for picking out a ripe watermelon. 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, look for a 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. Also, 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!

Customize your toppings!

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! Use a different herb like mint or oregano. You can even top with fresh ground pepper, or add a drizzle of olive oil. If you’d like it tangier, add lemon juice — or go with lime instead! There are so many variations to the watermelon salad: let us know in the comments what you’d try?

How to make watermelon salad
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. Right now it’s $7.49 at ALDI: a total steal!

Watermelon salad with feta and cucumber

How to serve this watermelon salad

This watermelon salad literally goes with just about anything that hits your outdoor table! We developed this recipe especially for Memorial Day. Here’s what we served it with:

Here a few more ideas on how to serve this watermelon salad with feta and cucumber:

Cookout potluck Memorial day
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

Description

Is there anything more refreshing than a watermelon salad? This one features salty feta, cucumber, fresh basil, and lemon zest.


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Ingredients

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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)

Instructions

  1. Chop the watermelon into cubes. Slice the cucumbers (if using an English cucumber, slice it into half moons). Chop the basil.
  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

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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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