When watermelon is finally back in season, we run to the store to make this watermelon and feta salad. Skeptical about pairing cheese with watermelon? Give this a try and let the skepticism melt away!
If you think about it, fruit and cheese pairing is a tale as old as time. Instead of a deconstructed charcuterie board (which we also love), this recipe allows all of the flavors to marry together in one bowl!
With only 4 ingredients, this recipe is easy to throw together for a last-minute barbeque and tastes like summer in a bowl.
This watermelon feta salad recipe gets bonus points in our book because it is so hydrating! Since the majority of the salad is made up of watermelon, it keeps you feeling hydrated and is seriously refreshing! We also like to add fresh mint and lime for mojito vibes. Happy snacking!
How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon
If there is a PhD in watermelon-ology, we earned it. We have totally nailed the watermelon-picking process and want to share it with you!
The number one key to choosing a watermelon is a big yellow spot. The yellow should be fairly dark in color (not a pale yellow). This is referred to as the “field spot”—the place the watermelon rested on while harvesting. A larger, darker spot indicates longer time ripening, and thus, more sweetness.
Secondly, look for brownish webbing and streaks. This is a result of bees pollinating the flower. Generally speaking, the more webbing, the more bees graced that melon while it was still a flower, typically an indicator of sweetness.
Last, but not least is weight. We find that choosing a melon that is heavier than it looks is a winning decision. Watermelons get their rather on-the-nose name because they are made up mostly of water. You want a melon that is as full as it can be with water for optimal juiciness.
If it’s available, we have had more luck with picking mini watermelons than large watermelons, although the above theories apply regardless of size.
About the Ingredients for Watermelon Feta Salad
- Watermelon: We use ½ of a mini watermelon for this recipe. If you are using a large watermelon, use ¼ to follow the dimensions of this recipe.
- Feta cheese: Feta cheese is sharp, salty, and tangy, making it the perfect pair for the sweetness of watermelon. If you are avoiding dairy, you can use a dairy alternative or leave this out altogether.
- Lime juice: If you can’t find fresh, you can also use 1-2 Tbsp of bottled lime juice.
- Fresh mint: We recommend using fresh herbs with this recipe. If you can’t find mint or don’t prefer this taste, basil works well here too.
Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe
Watermelon Feta Salad
- ½ of a mini watermelon or ¼ of a large watermelon
- ¼ cup of crumbled feta cheese
- 1 Juice of 1 lime or 1-2 Tbsp of bottled lime juice
- 2 sprigs of fresh mint (leaves only), cut into fine ribbons
Cut a mini watermelon in half or a large watermelon in quarters
Reserve the other ½ or ¾ for later use
Remove the outer rind of the mini half or large quarter and dice into cubes or rectangles and place in a large bowl
Cut feta cheese into small crumbles, add to bowl
Cut fresh mint into tiny ribbons (referred to as chiffonade in the culinary world) and add to bowl
Juice one lime into the bowl
Give a good mix and enjoy!