All ye sweet and salty lovers, rejoice – this Watermelon and Feta Salad with fresh Mint is such a delicious, unique balance of sweet and savory flavors. And the best part? You only need THREE ingredients and FIVE minutes to throw together! This is the perfect salad for summer entertaining.
That’s right – THREE INGREDIENTS. You don’t even need any oil, salt, or pepper! You literally just lay cubed watermelon on a platter, sprinkle with feta cheese and fresh mint, and serve. It actually seems a bit silly for me to even write a post for this recipe because it’s so simple and easy. Barely a recipe.
But here you are, everything you need to know about watermelon feta salad. You’ll want to eat this every day in the spring and summer!
And what a great excuse to use some of the crazy amounts of mint I have growing right now. If you’re interested in growing your own, here’s a great resource on growing fresh mint!
- Cubed Watermelon
- Crumbled Feta Cheese
- Fresh chopped mint leaves
How to make Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
- First, grab a platter. I do recommend a platter here so you can serve the salad in layers, rather than mixing in a bowl, which will make the feta and mint a bit soggy.
- Layer the ingredients on the platter, starting with the watermelon, then crumbled feta, then fresh mint. I do recommend crumbling the feta from a block yourself rather than buying pre-crumbled – it tastes better this way. Use the tines of a fork to do this.
- Serve immediately.
Tips, Tricks, and FAQs
I don’t recommend making it ahead of time. The salt in the feta cheese draws the water out of the watermelon, which makes it soggy. Don’t throw out leftovers – they’re still pretty tasty! But this salad is definitely best eaten right away.
There are lots of ways to cut a watermelon, and you can certainly buy it already cut up to save some time! But here’s a great tutorial, and the method I use, for cubing a fresh watermelon.
Another salty crumbly cheese like queso fresco, cotija, or even blue cheese can be used here! I like mint with the feta, but cilantro also works. Here’s a watermelon salad with queso fresco, cilantro, and lime for a bit of a southwest twist.
Sure! I love the simplicity of the three ingredients, but you can easily add cucumbers, red onion or green onion, a drizzle of olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar or glaze, some other kinds of melons… get creative!
Other Savory Watermelon Recipes
- Watermelon Salad with Queso Fresco, Lime, and Cilantro
- Watermelon and Prosciutto Skewers
- Reduce food waste – try this Watermelon Rind Relish (from Sweet Potato Soul)
Other Easy Summer Side Dishes
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Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
- 6 cups cubed watermelon
- 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese (see notes)
- ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
- Arrange the cubed watermelon on a platter.
- Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese evenly on top of the watermelon, followed by the fresh chopped mint.
- Serve immediately (see notes).
- You can buy pre-crumbled feta cheese, but I always find it’s much more tasty (less dry, and more evenly sized) if you crumble it yourself from a block. I usually do this with the tines of a fork – it only takes a minute to do.
- To save time, buy watermelon already cut up. Or, here’s how to cut a watermelon.
- 1/4 cup of fresh mint is a lot, but that amount works well in this salad. You can take it down to 2 tablespoons if you don’t want to buy that much mint, especially since fresh herbs can be expensive (luckily, fresh mint is easy to grow yourself!).
- Do serve this salad immediately. The salt in the feta cheese will draw the water out of the watermelon, resulting in sogginess after a while. Leftovers are still tasty, but serve it for your main event just after assembling.
- Variations: you can add cucumbers, red or green onions, other herbs like cilantro or dill, a drizzle of olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar or glaze, if you want.
Nutrition Information Disclaimer
The provided nutrition information is my best estimate and does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information. Feel free to calculate it yourself using one of these tools: