Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber


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This watermelon salad is the best of summertime on a plate. It’s ultra refreshing, simple to make, and delicious as can be. All you need are fresh watermelon chunks, crisp cucumber, feta, mint, and a honey lime dressing that ties everything together. It’s the perfect summer salad for barbecues, picnics, dinner parties, and more!

Watermelon salad in a black bowl
Photo: Gayle McLeod

Summer salads are my jam. That’s why I rounded up this marvelous list of summer salad recipes that makes eating out in the sun extra enjoyable. They highlight my love for simple and fresh ingredients — which is what this juicy watermelon salad is all about. 

The combination of watermelon, feta, cucumber, and mint is cooling, hydrating, and deliciously sweet. I love it as a quick throw-together side dish for weeknight dinners, but it’s also great served in a giant bowl at all your summer cookouts (along with this grilled watermelon or watermelon smoothie). Might as well go big on a whole watermelon theme! 

Ingredients for watermelon salad on a table

Watermelon Salad Recipe Ingredients

  • Watermelon: The key here is to grab a perfectly sweet and juicy watermelon. If you need tips on how to choose the right watermelon, read the next section below.
  • Cucumber: I’m using English cucumbers for this salad, but you could also use Persian cucumbers if you’d like. Just note that regular field cucumbers have thicker skin, so I’d recommend peeling those if you plan to use them. 
  • Feta Cheese: A fresh block of feta is always best! Then all you need to do is slice it into even cubes. You could also use goat cheese if you’re not a fan of feta.
  • Herbs: Fresh mint adds a refreshing touch, plus it tastes delicious paired with the dressing.
  • Dressing: This simple mix of olive oil, fresh lime juice, and honey gives this salad the oomphs it needs.

Find the printable recipe with measurements in the recipe card below.

How to Pick a Watermelon

While there are tons of ways to decipher whether a watermelon will be super ripe and sweet, here are a few of my favorite tips that usually result in selecting the best watermelon.

  • Shape: Choose a watermelon that has an even shape versus irregular. That means no weird bumps and such.
  • Color: Look for a darker green color rather than a light, lime green color. And if it has a patch of yellow, that’s actually a good thing. It means the watermelon had more time to ripen on the vine. 
  • Details: If you see lots of brown webbing or vein-like areas, that’s also a big sign the watermelon will be extra sweet! The webbing is caused by pollination of flowers on the watermelon. 
  • Sound: If you tap the watermelon with the palm of your hand or flick it with your finger, you want to hear a hollow sound.

How To Make Watermelon Salad

Make the dressing. Whisk the olive oil, lime juice, and honey in a small bowl.

Mixing watermelon salad dressing in a bowl

Create the base. Add the watermelon, cucumber, and mint to a large salad bowl. Then pour the dressing on top and stir together. 

Watermelon salad ingredients in a bowl

Add the feta. Leave the feta out until the end, because the more you stir it, the more it’ll break apart. If you’re not concerned with cubes of feta, you can of course opt for feta crumbles. If you do so, I’d probably use half the amount.

A bowl of watermelon salad

Storage Tips

This watermelon salad is best enjoyed fresh. Plus, it’s really easy to make and will be gone in a blink of an eye if you serve it to guests! But if you have any leftover, it will keep for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Just keep in mind that the dressing might water down the salad a bit.

Watermelon salad with feta

More Summer Salad Recipes

Come watermelon season, this is a salad that should be on the menu frequently! Let me know your thoughts on it in the comment box below.

A bowl of watermelon salad with feta and mint

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber

5 from 13 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


The best watermelon salad that's simple, refreshing, and delicious as can be. Perfect for a summer salad to bring to your next barbecue!


Salad Ingredients

  • 5 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled, sliced and quartered
  • 1 ¼ cups feta, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients


  • Make the dressing. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
    Watermelon salad dressing in a bowl
  • Stir the salad. Stir the watermelon, cucumber, mint, and dressing in a large salad bowl.
    Watermelon salad in a glass bowl
  • Add finishing touches. Add the feta and gently stir to combine. Garnish with additional mint if desired.
    A bowl of watermelon salad with a fork


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1001IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Summer Salad, Watermelon cucumber feta salad, watermelon feta salad, watermelon salad
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Recipe originally posted July 2016, but updated with new photos and information.

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. This recipe was very simple to make and it’s very delicious and refreshing. Perfect to bring to backyard BBQ’s and also good for weekly meal prep.5 stars

  2. I have a major sweet tooth and the watermelon satisfies it not to mention the salty kick of feta ties it all together. Very fresh and perfect for summer. I made a large batch for the week but it’s taking a lot of restraint to not eat the only portion I made LOL SO GOOD!!5 stars

  3. Simple tasty and thirst quenching! Converted a picky eater as well-they even asked for the recipe! Non feta eaters, non lime fans line up and try this one. Too tasty to pass up! I learned to cut the rind from the whole watermelon and cube the whole watermelon for salad and a frozen smothie. Was easier than I thought!5 stars

  4. For someone who loves fruit – this is a snack, meal, or even a desert. I can’t decide.
    I usually put other fruits like strawberries on my salad but watermelon just hits the spot. Thank you Lisa for this delicious salad recipe ❤️

  5. This has been a staple in our family for years but have not added honey before! Can’t wait to try!

  6. I made this watermelon feta salad for myself for lunch today and wow it knocked my socks off! The sweet watermelon paired with the slightly salty tangy feta was amazing. And the dressing was the perfect finishing touch. Thank you! 5 stars

  7. Have wanted to try watermelon salad for ages, so finally made it.  Hubby does not usually eat watermelon but he was very favourably impressed by this salad!  Very light, fresh, delicious for summer menus! 5 stars

  8. How many servings does this make? And was checking for serving numbers on other recipes and couldn’t find them.

  9. This summer salad really blew me away! It is so good and refreshing!! We loved it!! It’s really easy to put together and the dressing is perfect with the juice from the watermelon!! 5 stars

  10. Thank you Lisa for this recipe! It is delicious as I sit here eating it for brunch minus the feta cheese though! I had watermelon in the fridge, went to the corner store dor a lime, and snipped some fresh mi t from the garden. I did not have extra vurgin olive oil but used regular olive oil and to enhance the flavor I also zested the lime before squeezing the juice out of the lime. A refreshing addition to brunch!! Thanks again.

  11. Absolutely fabulous! It goes well with chicken and beef. I omitted the mint but made my own balsamic glaze (which will rid any lingering smell in your house! 😆)5 stars

  12. Hi Lisa, I did “attempt” this watermelon salad but my watermelon was really watery. I may have cut the watermelon to small or maybe I needed to leave it sit on a towel. Any thoughts? Thanks, Carole

    1. Hi Carole – your particular watermelon may have just been extra juicy and ripe, and the smaller cuts may have added to that. You can certainly drain off extra juices if they pool in the bottom of your bowl though. :)

  13. There is always an excess of watermelon and cucumbers around our home in the summer and of course our mint grows out of control. This is quick, easy and so refreshing!5 stars

  14. Our kitchen is being demolished – the minimalist changes – and this was so easy to put together.  I was wondering if it would be too sweet but it’s refreshing, thirst quenching with the feta cutting out the sweetness to give it the right balance.  This is something I’m going to make time and again – preluding to other meals as it is such a palate cleanser!  Made it to go with your Mexican black bean pizza – delicious!5 stars

    1. Sound like a perfect match with the Vegetarian black bean pizza. And yes, the feta definitely cuts the sweetness with a little salty. Love that combo! Glad you enjoyed it as well. :) x

  15. This is such a great, refreshing summer salad! I left out the feta due to a dairy allergy and added cantaloupe. It is so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

    1. Recipes are all about making them work for you! Glad you enjoyed it Kristen! :) x

  16. I even throw in some musk melon into the mix! But yep, this salad does scream summer! Love the colors.

  17. what a refreshing salad, it sounds delicious and perfect for these warm days we are having

  18. This salad screams “summer!” I love the saltiness of the feta with the watermelon and cucumber. I think you are right about using less feta if it is crumbled. Of course, with the crumbles you can be pretty sure you will get a hit of salt with every bite.

    1. It is the perfect summer salad. And great point about a little feta with every bite (which sounds good to me)! :)

  19. Looks absolutely delicious!!! Perfect for a lunch in the sun (wherever it is… :( ) And I’ve nominated you in both categories. Of course!

    1. Yes, you know I’m a fan of sunshine! ; ) And thanks soooo much for the nomination!! Big hugs. :) x

  20. Love watermelon and feta salads – the cukes here make it THAT much more refreshing! Yum.

  21. The title says cucumber and the ingredients say zucchini. I know they are in the same family, but is one better than the other?

    1. Oops – good catch! It’s supposed to be cucumber in the ingredients. I’ve just fixed. Thanks so much! :) x

      1. My pleasure! I forgot to mention the instructions as well. Not a huge deal!

        I love your recipes, so please keep up the good work!

      2. I must have had zucchini on the brain – ha! And I’m so happy to hear you love the recipes! :) x

  22. So glad you had a nice holiday weekend! LOVE this refreshing summer salad recipe. Feta & watermelon are especially a wonderful pairing.