Watermelon and Feta Salad – Summer is calling, and this salad is the answer! This is the perfect combination of sweet watermelon and salty feta all brought together with lime and fresh mint.
Can you tell I have salad on my mind these days? It may still be snowing here in Calgary, but I am so ready for warm weather to grace our city. This recipe is everything you need for days of sunshine. It may even earn you a few brownie points at your boss’ next potluck!
I truly believe that the best flavor combinations are those that are sweet and salty. Have you ever wondered why you physically can’t stop yourself from eating an entire row (or box) of Oreos in one sitting? They’re the perfect balance of sugar and salt! It may seem strange to combine watermelon with cheese, but trust me, it’s absolutely amazing.
While this is a home run in flavor town, it’s so easy to make and very inexpensive to buy the ingredients. You could even replace the mint with some fresh basil if you prefer and still end up with an unreal side dish.
I would highly suggest that you don’t try to make this recipe a day ahead, however. I mean, it only takes 10 minutes from start to finish so I don’t think time should be an issue, but I figured I’d pop that warning in here. The watermelon releases a ton of moisture from the salt in both the cheese and dressing, and can become soggy as a result. Remember: fresh is best!
If you’ve tried this recipe, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and star rating below. If you’ve taken any shots of your beautiful creations tag me @messinthe.kitchen on Instagram. I’d love to see your interpretations!
Watermelon and Feta Salad
For the Salad
- 3 lb watermelon cubed
- 1/3 cup mint leaves finely chopped
- 3/4 cup feta* half cubed, half crumbled
For the Dressing
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp lime juice about 2 limes
- 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
- Mix the watermelon, feta, and mint, in a large bowl and set aside.
- Whisk together the dressing ingredients, and combine well with the salad.