Watermelon Feta Mint Salad with Arugula

A serving of Watermelon Feta Mint Salad in a cup.

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad is a refreshing summer salad bursting with fresh flavours and textures. It’s delicious as a barbecue side salad or main dish salad.

Summer fruit salads make the most of seasonal fruit at their prime. I love combining sweet and spicy flavours or using fun techniques such as grilling or smoking. Check out this Spicy Sweet Cantaloupe Salad for a unique cantaloupe flavour bomb or my favourite Grilled Peach Fruit Salad with Buratta for a real flavour treat.

Three servings of Watermelon Feta Mint Salad in cups.

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Watermelon Feta Mint Salad

No matter which way you slice it, watermelon feta and mint salad is summer in a bowl. This ruby red fruit is sweet and refreshing all on its own. However, adding it to a savoury salad creates an entirely new watermelon experience.

If you eat a piece of watermelon, the first flavour you taste is sweet followed by a very subtle, almost imperceptible bitterness. It is this bitterness that pairs so well with savoury ingredients like feta cheese and arugula.

The salt in the feta also brings out the sweetness of the melon and blueberries while the mint re-establishes the freshness. One mouthful of this watermelon salad with feta contains all these flavours into one and leaves you wanting another spoon full.

This perfect summer salad is great as a side dish for any barbecued meat, or as a brunch style salad. Add your own protein to it and serve it as a very satisfying ‘no cook’ summer salad main dish.

Ingredients in Watermelon Feta Mint Salad.

Wonderful Watermelon

Without a doubt, watermelon is the most refreshing summer fruit…it’s in the name! Its sweet yet subtle flavour pairs well with a variety of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and herbs. Eat watermelon on its own, enjoy it in a cocktail, or use it in savoury applications such as this salad.

Did you know that the amount of water in watermelon is about 92%? This fruit is low in calories and contains fibre as well as being a good source of vitamin A & C, beta carotene, and lycopene.

Though we mostly recognize watermelon as a fruit, botanically it is a flowering plant of the Curcurbitacae species which bears edible fruit. It’s actually a berry (called a pepo) because it has a thick rind and no internal segments. Other members of this family include cucumbers and squashes (including pumpkin).

A bowl of baby arugula.

Salad Ingredients and Substitutions

You know that I always say ‘fresh is best’. It’s pretty difficult to make a bad salad out of fresh ingredients. That said, this salad is also best when eaten fresh. It doesn’t keep very well overnight in fridge. It’s the type of salad recipe that you make and eat on the same day.

  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Mint
  • Arugula
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic
  • White Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Lime
A serving of Watermelon Feta Mint Salad in a cup.

Buy seeded or seedless watermelon. If you can find it, I always prefer seeded watermelon as it tends to have the most flavour. Though it is the main ingredient in this salad recipe, you can substitute strawberries or cantaloupe in this salad if you prefer.

If you use strawberries, try swapping basil instead of the fresh mint and fresh mozzarella (bocconcini) for the cubed or crumbled Feta Cheese. A nice dressing of balsamic vinegar simmered (and cooled) with honey would be absolutely delicious in this variation.

Other substitutes that work well are lemons for the limes, red wine vinegar for the white vinegar, and radicchio for the arugula.

Yellow vinaigrette dressing in a bottle.

How to Choose the Perfect Watermelon

On first glance all watermelon look the same. Picking one can be daunting, especially when they are all together in a giant pile. However, if you know a few tips and tricks, you can successfully pick out a tasty watermelon every time.

Pouring yellow vinaigrette dressing over Watermelon Feta Mint Salad.
  1. Buy watermelon in season and you’re more likely to find a tasty one.
  2. Lift the watermelon and compare it to others. If it is heavy for its size that means it is juicy and full.
  3. The stem end should be dry and brown or yellow. This signifies the melon was picked at peak ripeness.
  4. Look for a creamy yellow to almost orange area (also called the field spot) on one side of the melon. This is where the melon was resting on the ground. A darker colour means it rested there longer.
  5. Knock on it. If it sounds hollow and deep, then it is good. Do not choose it if it has a higher hollow sound.
  6. Choose dull watermelons with a distinctive deep dark green and light yellow colour pattern. Shiny melons or those with a light colour pattern have not had time to ripen.
  7. Check the overall size and rind condition. Rounder melons tend to be tastier, but not always. Make sure there are no cracks or bruises. Grey or tan coloured irregularities with a web-like pattern are the exception. These scars were formed when the blossom was pollinated and a high number of scars means the bees did their job well!
A serving of Watermelon Feta Mint Salad in a cup.

How to Make Watermelon Feta Mint Salad

Arrange the watermelon cubes, blueberries, arugula, and cucumber in a large bowl or serving platter. Place the vinaigrette dressing ingredients (olive oil, vinegar, garlic, mint, lime juice, sea salt, and black pepper) in a jar or other container with a lid and shake vigorously.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to dress. Crumble feta cheese over all. Alternatively, serve the dressing on the side.

Other ingredients that would go well in this salad are strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, red onion, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, or burrata. Dress it up with proteins such as white beans, chickpeas and prosciutto.

Three servings of Watermelon Feta Mint Salad in cups.

Serving Suggestions

For an impressive backyard barbecue table centerpiece, arrange the salad on a low curved platter or large bowl. Start with the arugula, then arrange the other ingredients before you add the vinaigrette.

Alternatively, you can make this watermelon feta mint salad in a large bowl, dress it, then serve it in individual bowls or cups (as shown). This is a great serving suggestion for potlucks or picnic style gatherings.

Finally, for the ultimate serving suggestion, thread the ingredients onto wooden skewers and serve the dressing on the side for dipping.

Two servings of Watermelon Feta Mint Salad in cups.
Pinterest image of individually served Watermelon Feta Mint Salad served in cups.

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Yield: 4 servings

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad with Arugula

A serving of Watermelon Feta Mint Salad in a cup.

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad is a refreshing summer salad bursting with fresh flavours and textures. It's delicious as a barbecue side salad or main dish salad.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh watermelon; cubed
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 8 oz feta cheese; cubed or crumbled
  • 1 cup cucumber; diced
  • 8 cups baby arugula

FOR THE VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 limes; juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic; minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint; chopped

Instructions

  1. Arrange the watermelon, blueberries, arugula, and cucumber in a large bowl or serving platter.
  2. Place the vinaigrette dressing ingredients in a jar or other container with a lid and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to dress. Scatter crumbled feta over the salad and serve. Alternatively, serve the dressing on the side.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 281mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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30 comments

  1. Terri

    What a fantastic combination of sweet and savory! Now I know what to do with my mint 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Well if you have as much as I do you should also check out my new mojito recipe lol

  2. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady

    This salad looks so delicious! I have watermelon in the fridge that the kids are avoiding, so this will be a delicious way to use it up. I’m excited to make this for my lunch today, since I have all the ingredients needed!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Hahaha and watermelon isn’t cheap anymore either! I remember my kids pigging out on it then abandoning the next one I bought. Same with bananas.

  3. Dennis

    What a light and refreshing salad! Everyone at our party loved it! Thanks for sharing your recipe

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh thanks for trying it out Dennis. It makes a delicious summer party salad.

  4. Hayley Dhanecha

    Colourful and delicious salad, yes summer in a bowl! Feta with watermelon works amazing!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I know right? Who would have thought they’d be so tasty together.

  5. Ann

    Look at those pretty colors in this salad! Sounds like the perfect salad for summer! Excited to give it a try! Thanks for the share!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      We eat with our eyes first! Thank you for stopping by Ann.

  6. Debbie

    This Watermelon Feta Mint Salad is so refreshing ! This is the perfect salad to have during this summer heat.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It really is. So glad you loved it Debbie.

  7. Erin

    I’m not really into salads, so I was hesitant to try this, but it was amazing! The blends of flavors was great. I also loved how colorful it is! Thank you.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Fruit salads are a whole other delicious category. Thank you for giving it a try Erin.

  8. Savita

    This feta salad is so delicious, even the recipe is very easy to follow. Doesn’t takes too much time and a healthy dinner is on my table. Loved the recipe.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      oh! I’m so glad you liked this salad Savita. Thank you for letting me know.

  9. Michele

    I had this for lunch yesterday and it was wonderful. I loved this crisp and refreshing summer salad.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Cool! I’m so glad you gave this salad a try and glad you enjoyed it.

  10. Kathryn

    This salad is so refreshing and perfect for summer! Love all the chunks of watermelon with the mint, they pair so well together! Thanks for the recipe!!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They really do pair well…thank you for stopping by Kathryn!

  11. nancy

    what a refreshing summer salad with mint and watermelon and feta. I will be living in this salad until it cools down again

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It was so hot yesterday I made another giant bowl of this salad. So refreshing!

  12. Marta

    The combination of the sweet, juicy watermelon and the peppery arugula in this salad really wowed me. I’m a huge fan of watermelon and feta together, but this was exceptional.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you so much Marta. I’m glad you loved this refreshing salad. It’s so darn tasty!

  13. Veronika

    We made this salad for our picnic this Sunday and really enjoyed it! The watermelon and cucumber were so refreshing and the arugula added a nice spiciness.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh nice. It’s an excellent salad for picnics. I need to arrange a picnic date with my husband soon.

  14. Gloria

    Crisp and refreshing for a hot summer day. Perfect for bbq parties and taking to the beach. Love the combination of flavours in this summer salad recipe.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      The combination seems so odd but it really works!!

  15. Jere Cassidy

    This is the most colorful salad and I love the flavors of watermelon with the feta. Perfect for summer.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s such a treat. Thanks for stopping by Jere.

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