Cooking can be a labor of love, but if you’re short on time, this Grilled Watermelon and Cucumber Salad is the ultimate weeknight shortcut. This delicious twist on traditional watermelon and cucumber bites is simple to prepare but doesn’t skimp on flavor. All you need are a few simple ingredients that you likely have on hand.
Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta
A quick and cool salad to create this summer is watermelon salad with cucumber and feta. Sweet, salty, and ideal for serving with your favorite grilled protein!
I determined a few weeks ago that it was about time I went out and got a watermelon. It was my first of the season, so I feel a little behind. Because they are so large and there are only my husband and I here to eat them, I am always afraid to purchase one. Not to mention, throwing anything out if it’s bad makes me feel wasteful.
Luckily, the one I picked out when I made this Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta was perfect! Not only was it sweet and had great texture, but it was a seedless mini watermelon too. No waste!
This salad is excellent for serving this summer because it is so cool and refreshing. I’m completely smitten with the flavor—salty, it’s sweet, zingy, and herbaceous. I definitely recommend it if you’ve never combined watermelon and feta, especially if you enjoy salty-sweet culinary pairings. Another salad including those two elements is this Grilled Watermelon, Feta and Basil Salad.
Here are some suggestions to help if, like me, you get a little anxious when choosing a watermelon.
How to Pick Out a Watermelon
- Pick it up. A watermelon should feel heavier than it looks no matter what the size.
- Look for a field spot. This spot is lighter and yellowish color. It’s the spot where the watermelon was resting on the ground and indicates that it spent more time on the vine getting sweet. If there’s no spot or if the spot is white, the watermelon was probably picked too early and is underripe.
- Tap or knock on the watermelon. The surface should be hard and your knuckles should bounce back after giving it a knock.
- Pick out a watermelon that has a dull appearance versus a shiny one. Shiny indicates that it’s underripe.
Making this watermelon salad couldn’t be easier. The most time consuming part is cutting the watermelon.
Once the watermelon is cut up, put it into a serving bowl with the sliced cucumber, cubes of feta, chopped mint and basil. Squeeze in the juice of a lime, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss everything together and that’s all there is to it! Simple, refreshing and it goes great with any grilled protein.
For a refreshing summer side, serve lemony Watermelon-Cucumber Salad to go along with your favorite grilled dish.
Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
- 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber
- ¼ cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
- Step 1 Combine oil, juice, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well. Add watermelon, cucumber, and onion; toss well to coat. Sprinkle salad evenly with basil.
60 calories; fat 3.5g; saturated fat 0.5g; mono fat 2.5g; poly fat 0.4g; protein 0.8g; carbohydrates 7.6g; fiber 0.6g; iron 0.3mg; sodium 149mg; calcium 13mg.
GRILLED WATERMELON, PEACH, CUCUMBER AND FETA SALAD
Salads, Grilling And Fresh Fruit
Three signatures of summer dining are big platter salads, grilling and fresh fruit. This fun and tasty recipe combines all three. Grilled watermelon and peaches are flavor-intensified. Conversely, grilling cucumbers makes them mellow and delicious. The feta adds a salty lift, mint and basil add flavor and freshness and the roasted pepitas add a salty crunch.
This summer-intense grilled watermelon dish is perfect for backyard barbecuing, but can also be chilled and transported to a potluck. Wait until just before you serve to dress and garnish.
So What Are Pepitas Anyway?
Pepitas are a type of shell-less or hull-less pumpkin seeds. Therefore, you can eat the whole seed without shelling them. Pepitas are typically eaten roasted and salted. They are high in fiber, healthy fat and protein, as well as a variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
Grilled Watermelon Salad Is Healthy And Fun
You can’t help but feel virtuous dining on this eat-your-colors grilled watermelon salad. This recipe contains many great ingredients and is such a fun way to add fruits and veggies to your summer diet.
Grilled Watermelon, Peach, Cucumber And Feta Salad
Prep 25 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total 30 mins
Yield 4 – 8
You can’t help but feel virtuous dining on this eat-your-colors grilled watermelon salad. So many great ingredients and such a fun way to add fruits and veggies to your summer diet.
For the dressing:
- 2 T minced shallot
- 2 T red balsamic vinegar
- 1 t dried basil
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper
- 4 T extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
For the fruit glaze:
- 1/4 c fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 c honey
- Pinch kosher salt
For the salad:
- 3 ounces arugula (a little more than half a package)
- 1/2 mini watermelon, about 3 pounds
- 4 peaches, halved and pits removed.
- 4 Persian cucumbers, quartered lengthwise
- 4 green onions
- 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 big handful mint leaves, cleaned and torn into pieces
- 1 big handful basil leaves, cleaned and torn into pieces
- 1/2 cup toasted and salted pepitas
For the dressing:
- Combine shallot, vinegar, oregano and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil to create an emulsion. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.
For the fruit glaze:
- Whisk together lemon juice and honey. Season to taste with kosher salt. Set aside.
For the salad:
- Heat the grill to medium. Slice the watermelon 1″ thick, cut off the rind and slice into 4″ wedges. Brush the watermelon, peaches and cucumbers with the lemon and honey glaze and grill along with the green onions until nice grill marks are developed, 2 – 3 minutes per side.
- Spread arugula over a large flat platter. Arrange the fruit and green onions over the arugula. Drizzle with dressing and garnish with feta cheese, mint, basil and pepitas.
Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad
Refreshing and crisp is the best way to describe this watermelon cucumber salad with crumbled feta and grilled corn. Serve it as a summer side dish.
When it comes to summer fruit, I go for berries first and then stone fruit.
Melon comes in a distant third. It’s hard for me to get excited about mellow melons like cantaloupe and honeydew.
But things have changed ever since I learned how good melon is when you top it with flaky sea salt and take it to this mix between sweet and savory.
Even though I am not going to always pick melon for a fruit plate, I am a big fan of watermelon in salads. Mixed with greens, veggies and dressing, they make fresh and filling summer salads.
A favorite of mine is a watermelon peach salad with spicy jalapeno lime vinaigrette. There are so many flavors going on, and they all seem to work together.
And that’s my same approach with this watermelon corn cucumber salad—lots of tastes and textures!It’s crunchy and fresh and is great for summer picnics and barbecues.
You can’t go wrong with a watermelon cucumber salad especially if that’s a watermelon salad with feta cheese and grilled corn. Again, there’s just something about saltier ingredients and melon.
HOW TO PICK A GOOD WATERMELON
There are a few things to look for when choosing the ideal watermelon, whether you are at a farmers market or the supermarket.
When compared to its size, the fruit ought to feel substantial.
A watermelon should make a hollow, deep sound when you tap it.
You should also inspect the field area. Where the watermelon sat in the field is indicated by the discolored region on the rind. It must have a creamy yellow color. The watermelon is not ripe if it is whiter.
This is what you will need for the watermelon feta salad:
- Watermelon: Do your best to find a beautiful, ripe seedless watermelon. Then cut it into cubes.
- Corn: Look for ears of corn that are secure in their tight husks because that is a good sign they will have plump kernels.
- Cucumber: I prefer English cucumbers because they have way less seeds than a regular cucumbers.
- Feta: Sweet watermelon and salty feta are a classic combination for a reason.
- Scallions: When they are thinly sliced, scallions add nice oniony flavor. You can swipe it out and use thinly sliced red onion.
- Cilantro: This watermelon cucumber salad has a limited number of ingredients, so fresh herbs like cilantro are important to the overall dish.
- Salt & pepper: Not only do I use salt and pepper to season the salad, salt comes in handy to sprinkle on the watermelon to help it release some of its juices.
HOW TO MAKE A WATERMELON CUCUMBER CORN SALAD
- Prep the watermelon. Put the cubed fruit into a colander and toss it with kosher salt. This helps the melon release some of its juices, so the salad doesn’t turn out watery with a bunch of liquid in the bottom of the bowl.
- Grill the corn. Preheat the grill on high heat. Rub the corn with olive oil. Grill it for 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally. You want the kernels to be lightly charred. Give the ears a few minutes to cool, and then take a sharp knife and slice off the kernels.
- Combine the salad ingredients including the fresh watermelon corn, cucumbers, scallions, cilantro, feta, flaky sea salt and black pepper in a large bowl.
This is such a simple and refreshing watermelon salad. Serve it as a side dish at summer get-togethers like a potluck or picnic.
The salad is best served fresh, but you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 days.