An easy recipe for a refreshing watermelon feta salad. The combination of the sweet, crisp watermelon and the rich, salty feta is wonderful.
Nothing says “summer” quite like watermelon feta salad. I love this recipe! The combination of sweet, crisp watermelon, rich, salty feta, and tangy dressing is amazing.
As a kid in Israel, watermelon and feta was a dish that I loved to have in the hot summers. We didn’t actually make a salad. We sliced a sweet, fresh watermelon into thick, juicy slices, and served it with cubed feta.
Watermelon and feta? Sounds like a weird combination
I realize that for many, the idea of a watermelon feta salad sounds weird. But if you usually like sweet-salty combinations, I think you are going to love this summer salad.
Think about it: we do use sweet and salty often in our food. There are plenty of examples! Such as pineapple pizza, chicken salad with grapes, a cheese platter with dried fruit and honey, prosciutto and melon… I’m sure there are more.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need five simple ingredients to make this tasty salad:
- Fresh watermelon, cubed
- Feta cheese, diced
- Dried thyme
- Light olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
How to make watermelon feta salad
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
- Start by adding the watermelon cubes and the diced feta cheese to a salad bowl.
- Add the thyme, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
- Gently toss to coat.
- Refrigerate before serving.
Use fresh, crisp watermelon
It’s really important to use very fresh, very crisp watermelon in this salad. I don’t even try to pick a perfect whole watermelon. I take advantage of the watermelon halves available at the store, and I always make the salad the same day.
But if you know how to spot a perfect watermelon, that’s obviously best in terms of freshness.
Light olive oil is best
I like to use a light, fruity olive oil in this salad. Extra virgin olive oil is a bit too heavy and I find that its strong flavor doesn’t work well in this particular recipe.
Is this a healthy recipe?
In terms of health, although not exactly low carb, watermelon is very healthy thanks to the lycopene it contains.
As you can see, a serving of this salad has 7g carbs, so it’s not too bad, as long as you eat it in moderation.
How to serve watermelon feta salad?
You can serve this fresh, delicious salad as a snack (as we do in Israel), as an appetizer, or as a side dish to any meal. I find it goes very well with chicken skewers.
Watermelon Feta Salad
- 2 cups watermelon cubes
- 1/2 cup full fat feta cheese, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon light olive oil
- 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
- Place the watermelon and feta in a salad bowl.
- Sprinkle with the thyme, and drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Gently mix everything together.
- Refrigerate 1 hour, to allow flavors to meld. Serve cold.