Salads

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad is one incredible recipe. You have the crisp refreshing watermelon paired with onion, pumpkin seeds, fresh avocado, feta cheese and more. A sweet and salty watermelon recipe you will impress guests with.

Normally, I just make a simple tossed salad or a Caesar salad, but lately, I’ve been experimenting with different salad ingredients. I’ve discovered a new found love of Curried Chicken Salad and more recently, this Watermelon and Feta Salad. I wasn’t sure how it would taste since I typically associate watermelon with desserts. I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually quite good. I’ve been craving it daily since I made it!

Watermelon and Feta Salad - A fresh summer salad that is delicious on its own or paired with grilled chicken breasts or steak!

Watermelon and Feta Salad

The ingredients are a blend of textures and flavours. You have the sweet, juiciness of the watermelon combined with the saltiness of the feta cheese. Add some crunch with pumpkin seeds, creamy smooth chunks of avocado and a hint of spice + tang with the lemon/olive oil/chili powder dressing. Together it becomes a mouthwatering summer salad!

What to Serve with Watermelon Salad

Watermelons are in abundance in the summer so save some pieces and try this salad. It’s delicious on its own as a lunch or pair it with some grilled chicken breasts or steak. We have paired it with so many proteins and they all work well together. I’ll be making this one, again and again, I’m sure!

Check out these other salad recipes

  • Regal Chicken Salad | This is the best chicken salad recipe I have ever had. Grapes, pineapple, tender pieces of chicken in a creamy sauce. This is the cream of the crop in chicken salad recipes. 
  • Broccoli Salad | Great for potlucks or even a holiday gathering, this salad is fantastic. Crisp, crunchy, in a slightly sweet creamy sauce. 
  • Chicken Fajita Pasta Salad | If you love fajitas you got to try this version. This is a pasta salad with onions, peppers, and of course chicken in a flavorful sauce. 

Watermelon and Feta Salad - A fresh summer salad that is delicious on its own or paired with grilled chicken breasts or steak!

How Do You Make Watermelon and Feta Salad

Start by grabbing a larger bowl and adding your diced watermelon, avocado, salad leaves, and onion. Set that aside, and grab another bowl for the dressing. In the bowl add in your lemon juice, oil, and seasoning, and stir until blended. Pour over the salad, toss and then sprinkle on your cheese and pumpkin seeds.

Feta Cheese for Watermelon Salad

For the feta, you have to watch when you buy containers of feta that are pre-crumbled. I find that they don’t offer as much flavor. If you buy a block and crumble yourself you will find the cheese offers more flavor.  If pre-crumbled is all you can find that is totally okay to use, I just find the other has more flavor.

Is Watermelon Salad Still Flavorful Without Dressing

Yes. This salad is great without dressing, but I will say that homemade dressing helps to bring all the flavors in the dish together. Without it, you won’t get to experience the entire experience of the salad.

Watermelon and Feta Salad - A fresh summer salad that is delicious on its own or paired with grilled chicken breasts or steak!

Pro Tip For Watermelon Salad Recipe 

This salad is best prepped and served right away. The watermelon once sliced begins to seep. So never prep this salad ahead of time, as the fresh crisp flavor comes in those first few hours of making this salad. 

If you do end up needing to save some you can place in an airtight container and store in the fridge. I will say taste test it to see how it is before serving. It will last 24-48 hours, and then after need to be tossed.  

Variations for Watermelon Salad

  • Watermelon | Use a watermelon ball scooper to give the watermelon a fun circle design. This is a great way to serve up a colorful and bright dessert to guests. 
  • Cucumber | Swap out the avocado for cucumber. Just deseed the cucumber and dice thinly, for a crunch factor to the salad. 
  • Seeds | If you don’t have pumpkin seeds, try salted sunflower seeds. Similar in flavor and texture, these little seeds are fantastic in this salad. 
  • Spinach | Skip the mixed greens and reach for straight spinach leaves if you want. They offer an earthy texture and taste that pair well with the salad. 

Tips for Picking a Ripe Watermelon 

The biggest factor of this salad is a sweet and ripe watermelon. Let me share a few tips that I find helpful when picking a watermelon. 

  • Weight | You want to lift up a handful of watermelons and pick one that feels heavy for its size. 
  • Brown Spot | On the end where the watermelon was on the vine, you will see a brownish/yellow spot. This means it was ripened on the vine and picked at its peak. So I highly recommend looking for that brown spot on the bottom of the watermelon. 

Those two tips help me when buying a fresh and ripe watermelon that is at its prime. 

Watermelon and Feta Salad - A fresh summer salad that is delicious on its own or paired with grilled chicken breasts or steak!

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Watermelon and Feta Salad

A fresh summer salad that is delicious on its own or paired with grilled chicken breasts or steak!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon, chopped
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 3 to 4 handfuls of mixed salad greens of your choice
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, shells removed
  • ¼ extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • pinch of sea salt (I used Piri Piri Chili Salt)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the watermelon, avocado, salad greens and red onion. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, chili powder and sea salt. Pour dressing into salad and toss.
  3. Add feta cheese and pumpkin seeds to salad and toss together.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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