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Watermelon Mint Salad

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This cool watermelon mint salad has the best mix of flavors; it is salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy, and always cool and refreshing!

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Have you tried the watermelon feta mint salad yet? It has gone through times of being really popular and not so popular, but at this point you have either tried it or avoided it.

I admit, I am a watermelon purist. I still believe there is nothing better in the entire world than fresh, crisp, watermelon.

But this watermelon mint salad is really delicious.

It takes the sweet, delicious watermelon and mixes it with a salty, creamy feta and a cool, refreshing mint that just fits so perfectly together.

So now, I eat both. I eat fresh watermelon as I’m cutting it open the first time; then I cut it up the rest and eat this watermelon salad recipe with the already cut watermelon pieces. 

So I enjoy watermelon both ways every time.

Mint and olive oil mixed together in a small bowl and set aside.

What ingredients are in watermelon mint salad?

  • Watermelon: you want your melon cut into 1/2 inch cubes, chilled and drained
  • Feta Cheese Crumbles: you can buy pre crumbled feta or blocks of feta, just pick one that you like the flavor of the best
  • Mint Leaves: this gives the crisp, bright, cool notes to every bite of the salad
  • Olive Oil: when this is mixed with fresh mint leaves it takes on the mint flavor and coats every part of the watermelon feta salad with mint flavor
  • Salt: just a sprinkle over the top really brings out the flavors of each ingredient

Pro Tip: cut the watermelon a few hours before you want to make this salad and let it chill in the fridge, then mix everything together right before eating for the best flavors

cut watermelon and feta cheese added to a large bowl

How to make watermelon mint salad:

  1. Combine mint and oil.
  2. Combine watermelon and feta separately.
  3. Add melon to dressing and gently mix.
  4. Sprinkle it with salt and serve!

Pro Tip: The watermelon and feta will break easily when mixing. To gently mix, take a utensil with no sharp sides like a rubber spatula or wooden spoon and reach down with it to the bottom of the bowl.

Then lift up the bottom pieces and fold them over the top, moving around in a circle just a few times until it looks blended.

mint added to watermelon and feta.

How to cut a watermelon:

Don’t be intimidated by a big watermelon! Follow these steps to make getting it open and turning it into bite sized pieces for watermelon mint salad easier:

  1. Use a good knife. Get out the big, sharp knife so you can easily pierce through the watermelon rind without a lot of jagged pieces.
  2. Cut it in half the short way first. Do not attempt to cut it down the long side. Just pierce the rind with your knife the short way and try to make one slice on one half and then spin the melon to slice it on the other side to get 2 halves.
  3. Place it flat side down on the cutting board. Now that you have two halves, use the flat side you cut to act as the base so your next cuts can be more precise.
  4. Cut it in half again. Now you have a watermelon quarter.
  5. Lay it flat on the long side. At this point you can cut it into triangles if you’re having a watermelon snack first.
  6. Cut the rind off. Sometimes I switch to a smaller paring knife so I can get all the melon off the rind.
  7. Dice using a grid pattern. Now you can cut the melon into cubes by cutting straight lines along each watermelon wedge.

Pro Tip: Picking a good tasting watermelon will make a big difference in the flavor of this watermelon mint salad.  

The biggest melons aren’t always the best tasting. Try picking a smaller watermelon that is heavy for its size.

Salt being sprinkled on top of watermelon salad

Can you make watermelon mint salad ahead of time?

You can make it a little in advance. But watermelon always tastes best the day it is cut. It can be okay the next day or two, but the sweet and juicy flavor will always be best the first day.

If you need to, you can cut the watermelon and combine the mint and oil, but don’t mix the watermelon and feta salad until you are ready to serve it.

watermelon salad with a sprig of mint on top, ready to serve

How long will watermelon mint salad keep?

This salad is best eaten the same day it is made. You can put it in the fridge for one or two nights, but the texture and flavors will change.

How to store watermelon mint salad:

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat within one or two days of making.

zoomed in image of watermelon mint salad in bowl and ready to serve

Can dogs have watermelon mint salad?

Yes, but try not to give them very much feta cheese. 

Watermelon plain is a great snack for your dog with logs of water and nutrients. Fresh mint leaves are also good for your dog.

The feta is not good for dogs. Feta crumbles won’t hurt your dog, but because feta is high in fat and high in lactose, it can upset your dog’s stomach if they eat a lot of feta.

Pick the big pieces of feta out of the watermelon salad before feeding it to your dog.

zoomed out image of watermelon salad with a sprig of mint ready to serve.

What to serve with watermelon mint salad:

  • Grilled Meat: the cool flavors of this salad go great with any hot food off the grill
  • BBQ: this is a great side to any barbeque meals
  • Brunch: this is such a pretty addition to a nice Sunday brunch
  • Snacktime: this makes a tasty snack on its own
side view of watermelon salad ready to serve.

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No matter when you are serving this watermelon mint salad, you are sure to have a delicious, easy, refreshing side dish that everyone will love.

Yield: 8 Servings

Watermelon Mint Salad

top side view of watermelon salad ready to serve

This cool watermelon mint salad has the best mix of flavors; it is salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy, and always cool and refreshing!

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl add mint leaves and olive oil and mix. Set aside.
  2. Place watermelon and feta in a large bowl. Gently mix.
  3. Add salt and mint mixture. Gently Mix.
  4. Serve immediately or chill for later.

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