Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Feta and Lemon Dressing

06.19.2017

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with feta and a bright lemon dressing is such a refreshing summer side dish! It has such a delicious blend of satisfying flavors and well balanced textures. Those cold juicy watermelon and cucumbers are just what you need on a hot summer day!

Watermelon Salad with Cucumbers, Feta, Walnuts and Lemon Dressing

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

I’m loving ever last thing in this salad, and did you know watermelon and feta were 100% most definitely made to go together? Because there’s no doubt they are the perfect pairing.

Sweet summer watermelon paired salty tangy feta is such a dreamy combo, especially made for salads like so. Then add peppery baby arugula, cool crisp cucumbers, toasty crunchy walnuts, a few red onion slices for flair, and fresh mint for another layer of well rounded flavor, then finish it off with a bright citrusy honey-lemon dressing and ooooh la la pass me another plate please!

Another go-to summer salad to add to the list. Trust me, you’ve got to try this one!

Pouring lemon dressing over watermelon cucumber salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad Ingredients

For this watermelon salad recipe, you’ll need:

  • Watermelon
  • Baby arugula
  • English cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Mint leaves
  • Feta
  • Walnuts
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard

How to Make Watermelon Cucumber Salad

  • In a jar, combine dressing ingredients.
  • Cover with lid and shake to combine. Chill until ready to use.
  • In a salad bowl, layer together salad ingredients.
  • Pour dressing over salad and gently toss to coat.

watermelon cucumber salad in large white bowl garnished with lemon wedges

Can I Use Different Salad Greens Than Arugula?

Yes, feel free to use any greens you have. I just like how the peppery arugula tastes alongside the salty feta and sweet melon!

Can I Make This Salad in Advance?

This salad is best right away since the watermelon and cucumbers release a lot of juice and make the greens soggy. However, you could prep the individual ingredients ahead of time and quickly toss the salad together at the last minute!

Tips for the Best Watermelon Salad

  • I like to reserve some of the walnuts and feta and sprinkle them on top of the salad just before serving. They tend to sink to the bottom of the salad bowl otherwise!
  • To lessen the bite of the red onion, run it under cold tap water after slicing it.
  • Give the lemon dressing a good shake before pouring it over the salad to redistribute the oil.

plate of watermelon cucumber salad with feta

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Feta and Lemon Dressing

Watermelon Salad with Fresh Cucumbers, Feta and Bright Lemon Dressing is such a refreshing summer side dish! It has such a delicious blend of satisfying flavors and well balanced textures. Those cold juicy watermelon and cucumbers are just what you need on a hot summer day!
Servings: 5
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Salad

  • 4 cups (20 oz) chilled seedless watermelon diced into small chunks
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 1/2 english cucumber , halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1/3 cup quartered and thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves , chopped
  • 4 oz feta cheese , crumbled
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts , toasted

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

For the dressing:

  1. In a jar combine olive oil, lemon juice, honey, mustard and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and shake to combine. Chill until ready to use.

To assemble salad:

  1. In a salad bowl layer together salad ingredients.* Shake dressing again then pour over top. Very gently toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • I actually like to set aside some of the feta and walnuts to sprinkle over the top, they tend to make their way to the bottom of the bowl somehow.
  • Recipe source: inspired by Living the Country Life
Nutrition Facts
Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Feta and Lemon Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 273mg12%
Potassium 380mg11%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1355IU27%
Vitamin C 18.6mg23%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Watermelon Salad
Calories: 356 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

12 comments

  • nancy barker: love the recipe June 26, 2017 at 11:33pm Reply

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