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Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad - A refreshing summertime salad with an incredible combination of flavors!  A must-try recipe!

I first had a Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad years ago at a friend’s wedding – and when I first saw the salad listed on the menu, I remember thinking at the time that it was a ‘very interesting’ combination of ingredients to put together in a salad!

But one bite later – I was hooked!  With the juicy, sweet watermelon and the briny feta cheese, plus a bright touch of fresh mint – those ‘interesting’ ingredients paired together are really fantastic, and they complement each other in a freshing and delicious way!

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad - A refreshing summertime salad with an incredible combination of flavors!  A must-try recipe!

 

Over the years I’ve tried several recipes in an attempt to recreate that Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad I had at the wedding – and today’s recipe is the closest I’ve come to that memorable salad.

In addition to the watermelon, feta and mint – this salad has a super flavorful dressing made from fresh lime juice, more mint, a little bit of sugar, and rice vinegar along with extra virgin olive oil. You’ll want to use the dressing sparingly – just a drizzle over the chunks of fruit is enough! But it is the perfect finishing touch to this wonderful (and very pretty!) salad.

Adapted from Cooking from the Farmers’ Market (affiliate link).

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Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad - A Family Feast

Note: The dressing may be prepared ahead of time. Bring to room temperature and stir again before serving.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small seedless watermelon (about 2-3 pounds)
  • ¾ cup fresh mint leaves, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled in small pieces

Instructions

  1. Cut watermelon flesh into 1-inch cubes, removing seeds as needed. Place in individual serving bowls.
  2. In a small food processor, combine ½ cup of the mint leaves and the sugar. Process until well blended and the mint leaves are chopped. Add the vinegar, lime juice and process again until mixed. Add the olive oil and process again until well blended. Pour dressing into a small pitcher and add a pinch each of salt and pepper to taste, stirring with a spoon to combine.
  3. Sprinkle the feta cheese crumbles over the watermelon cubes that were placed in each bowl. Then lightly drizzle the dressing over each serving. Garnish with remaining mint leaves. Serve immediately.

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  1. This looks so vibrant and colorful! Perfect for summer or picnic!

  2. I could live on this during the summer. Sadly it’s winter here and I have to wait. 🙂

  3. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this combination yet!

  4. This salad looks absolutely beautiful. I love the fresh flavors and balance of salty, sweet and savory.

  5. I absolutely adore watermelon and feta salad! It’s so perfect for summer!

  6. This is a great combination of flavors; my first time trying them I was a bit skeptical but was won over as well. I like watermelon with goat cheese too…that tang and sweetness are divine.

  7. I love how fresh and healthy this salad is. Never tried watermelon with feta before but it sure sounds like a yummy combo!

  8. Looks delicious!