Simple Feta and Watermelon Salad

Simple Feta and Watermelon Salad

Perfect for picnics and BBQs, this feta and watermelon salad is a refreshing summer-staple side dish. Get the recipe now! 

It feels funny to even call this a recipe as it’s super simple and really a base recipe to add various seasonings, fresh herbs, or jalapeno peppers

Yet, as I make it a few times every summer, it felt wrong not having this feta and watermelon salad on the blog. 

Watermelon salad in a clear bowl

If making it for 2-4 people, I recommend using a personal-sized watermelon, also called an icebox watermelon. 

However, this feta and watermelon salad can easily be scaled up to feed a crowd. Again, there are no exact measurements here, so taste and adjust to personal preference. 

What You’ll Need to Make this Feta and Watermelon Salad

Ingredients for watermelon salad
  • Watermelon
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil 
  • Lime juice and zest
  • Pinch sea salt 
  • Optional: mint or jalapeno 

How to choose a ripe watermelon 

When buying watermelons, the first thing to do is check the outside for any signs of dents or cuts.

If all looks good, roll it around to the bottom. It should be slightly flat from being laid on its side. Give this flat side a thump with your hand; it should sound hollow. 

Finally, pick up the melon. It should feel heavy for its size. 

Bowl of chopped watermelon

Feta substitutes

I almost always have a container of feta in the fridge; however, for a more Mexican-inspired flavor, soft cotija cheese would be even better! 

If going for a sweeter, less punchy flavor, you could also use goat cheese instead and add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar (preferably a balsamic vinegar reduction). 

Watermelon salad in a clear bowl

More Fruit-Forward Salad Ideas for Summer

What add-ins will you add to make this salad your own? Share in the comments below or on Pinterest. And speaking of, don’t forget to pin this recipe for later! 

Simple Feta and Watermelon Salad

Perfect for picnics and BBQs, this feta and watermelon salad is a refreshing summer-staple side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy watermelon salad
Servings: 2
Calories: 112kcal


  • 1 small personal-sized watermelon, sliced into cubes (about 4-6 cups cubed)
  • Juice and zest of ½ a lime
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: diced jalapeno or fresh mint


  • Slice watermelon into cubes, discarding the rind.
  • Place watermelon cubes in a large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, lime juice, zest and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle with feta and any optional toppings.
  • Serve immediately or chill in fridge up to overnight.


Nutrition for 1/4 of recipe: 112 calories, 6 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 12 grams carb, 1 gram fiber, 10 grams sugar, and 6 grams protein
Simple Feta and Watermelon Salad

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