Sweet, savory, and completely addictive, watermelon salad with feta is going to be your new picnic go-to bestie.
There’s a reason why watermelon feta salad is a classic. It’s refreshing, delicious, and perfect for hot summer days. The combination of sweet cubes of watermelon, salty feta, and tangy lime dressing is perfection. This salad comes together in a flash and it’s one of my favorite things to bring to potlucks and picnics because it’s always a welcome addition.
If you haven’t had a savory watermelon salad before, you’re in for a treat. The crisp juiciness of watermelon is the perfect foil/compliment to the creamy tanginess of feta.
Watermelon feta salad a simple combination of cubed watermelon, cubed cucumbers, red onions, and herbs tossed in a lime vinaigrette. Fruit and cheese is a classic pairing and it’s no surprised that sweet watermelon and salty feta are an match made in heaven. The intensely sweet watery crunch of ripe watermelon holds up perfectly to the creamy dense saltiness of feta. Watermelon is originally from Egypt and there, and in many Mediterranean countries, it’s enjoyed with feta as a counterpoint. They don’t quite make a salad though: it’s typically watermelon and cheese together on a plate eaten in consecutive bites, alternating between the two.
Watermelon feta salad is trending on Tiktok thanks to @cassyeungmoney. Her watermelon feta salad video has gone viral and every uo he is making it. I’m not surprised because it is absolutely a summer classic.
Super refreshing and perfect for hot weather. Pairing sweet juicy fruit with salty cheese is a classic flavor combination: the contrast in flavors between the two play together to make the watermelon taste even more abundantly sweet and the feta even more savory and salty.
Choose a uniform shape, heavy, dark green watermelon with a sunspot – that is a yellow blob on one side. The sunspot lets you know that the watermelon ripened on the vine with enough time to sweeten in the sun. Also take a look at the part of the watermelon where the vine grew out. It should be tiny, because it means that the vine had time to shrivel, meaning it had more time to ripen. Lastly, give it a good thump, it should sound hollow and heavy.
There are a million kinds of feta out there. Typically Greek feta is a classic choice because it’s briny, tangy, and sharp with a good crumbling texture. That being said, you don’t need to go with Greek feta. If you liking a milder feta, go with a cow milk feta. In general, from sharpest to mildest, it goes: sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, cow’s milk. Choose a block of feta in brine that you like the flavor of. Just make sure you cut or crumble it on your own so it’s dense and creamy instead of dried out the way pre-crumbled feta is.
There are so many kinds of feta out there that I’m sure there’s one for you! That being said, if you are absolutely not a fan, you can go for another salty, brined, white cheese like Cyprus halloumi, Italian ricotta salata (aged ricotta), or Mexican cotija. Generally, a harder brined cheese works better in this salad.
This salad is PERFECT for the Fourth when you add blueberries. You have red watermelon, white feta, and blue blueberries that all come together in a pretty, patriotic dish. Pro tip: skip the herbs and red onion and cut the watermelon into stars for some extra USA vibes. Raspberries and blackberries are a beautiful addition too. For this particular salad, I like to cut the feta into cubes instead of crumbling them so all the colors really pop. Or, if you want a really special salad, you can go for a watermelon burrata blueberry salad.
This is the perfect salad to bring to a potluck, picnic, BBQ or cookout. You can prep everything in advance and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to go.
Happy watermelon salad making. I’m so happy watermelon season is here!
Watermelon salad with feta is going to be your new picnic go-to bestie.
Watermelon Salad with Feta
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 190
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 7.6g48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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