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All you sweet and savory lovers, rejoice – this Watermelon Feta Salad with Fresh Mint is such a delicious and unique balance of sweet and savory flavors. And the best part? You only need THREE ingredients and FIVE minutes to put them together! This is the perfect salad for summer entertaining.

Overhead photo of a white plate with a watermelon, feta and mint salad on top.Overhead photo of a white plate with a watermelon, feta and mint salad on top.

That's right: THREE INGREDIENTS. You don't even need oil, salt or pepper! Literally place diced watermelon on a plate, sprinkle with feta cheese and fresh mint, and serve. It actually seems a little silly to write a post about this recipe because it's so simple and easy. Barely a recipe.

But here's everything you need to know about feta and watermelon salad. You'll want to eat it every day in the spring and summer!

And what a great excuse to use up some of the amazing amounts of mint I'm growing right now. If you're interested in growing your own, here's a great one resource on growing fresh mint!

Necessary ingredients

  • Diced watermelon
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Chopped fresh mint leaves

How to make feta and watermelon salad with mint

  1. First, take a plate. I recommend a platter here so you can serve the salad in layers, rather than mixing it in a bowl, which will make the feta and mint a little soggy.
  2. Arrange the ingredients on the plate, starting with watermelon, then crumbled feta, then fresh mint. I recommend crumbling the feta yourself from a block rather than buying it already crumbled – it tastes better that way. To do this, use the tines of a fork.
  3. Serve immediately.
Process collage showing assembling a watermelon mint and feta salad and crumbling the feta with a fork.Process collage showing assembling a watermelon mint and feta salad and crumbling the feta with a fork.

Tips, tricks and FAQs

Can I make the feta and watermelon salad in advance?

I don't recommend preparing it in advance. The salt in feta cheese causes water to leach out of the watermelon, making it soggy. Don't throw away the leftovers: they're still delicious! But this salad is definitely best eaten right away.

How do I choose and dice a watermelon?

There are many ways to cut a watermelon and you can definitely buy it pre-cut to save time! But here's a great tutorial and the method I use for cut a fresh watermelon into cubes.

Can I use another type of cheese or herb?

Here you can use another crumbly savory cheese like queso fresco, cotija, or even blue cheese! I like mint with feta, but cilantro works well too. Here's a watermelon salad with queso fresco, cilantro and lime for a Southwestern twist.

Are there other ingredients I can add to this salad?

Safe! 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 type of melon… get creative!

Closeup of a watermelon cube with feta cheese and mint.Closeup of a watermelon cube with feta cheese and mint.

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More easy summer side dishes

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Square photo of watermelon mint and feta salad.Square photo of watermelon mint and feta salad.

Watermelon and mint feta salad

This simple three-ingredient watermelon and mint salad features nothing more than a layer of fresh, ripe watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped mint on a plate. You'll have a delicious sweet and savory summer salad perfect for entertaining in just about 5 minutes!


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Course: Salad

Kitchen: American

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Portions: 6 portions

Calories: 97kcal

Author: Elizabeth Lindemann

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ingredients

  • 6 cups diced watermelon
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese (see notes)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  • Arrange the diced watermelon on a serving plate.

  • Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese evenly over the watermelon, followed by the chopped fresh mint.

  • Serve immediately (see notes).

Notes

  • You can buy feta already crumbled, but I find it is always much tastier (less dry and more uniform in size) if you crumble it yourself from a block. I usually do this with the tines of a fork – it only takes a minute.
  • To save time, buy watermelon already cut. Or here it is how to cut a watermelon.
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint is a lot, but that amount works well in this salad. You can reduce it 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 feta cheese will cause the water to leach out of the watermelon, making it soggy after a while. Leftovers are still tasty, but serve them for your main event right after assembly.
  • Variations: You can add cucumbers, red or green onions, other herbs such as cilantro or dill, a drizzle of olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar or glaze, if you prefer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 12G | Protein: 4G | Fat: 4G | Saturated fats: 3G | Polyunsaturated fats: 1G | Monounsaturated fat: 1G | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1G | Sugar: 9G | Vitamin A: 1024UI | C vitamin: 13mg | Soccer: 108mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information disclaimer

The nutritional information provided is my best estimate and does not include added sodium from flavoring seasoning, any optional ingredients, and does not take into account brands. I use an automatic API to calculate this information. Feel free to calculate it yourself using one of these tools:

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