Keto Watermelon Salad

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Keto Watermelon Salad is a flavorful and tasty salad that you can eat all year round. It’s low-carb, and not too high in calories. The watermelon is nicely contrasted with goat cheese, red onions and mint. Are you confused about what to eat on keto? Have no fear, this keto, low carb watermelon salad recipe is one of my all-time favorites. It’s refreshing, delicious, and has some amazing low carb macros ladies and gentlemen!

Keto Watermelon Feta Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Keto Watermelon Feta Salad with Crispy Prosciutto Recipe – 4.5 net carbs! A low carb arugula tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, with watermelon, feta, crispy prosciutto and red onion. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, sugar free, clean eating, real food. Can be made Whole30 and dairy free!

Enjoying the last of summer salads before summer is over. And this keto watermelon feta salad with crispy prosciutto is one you must make while watermelons are still in the market!

It’s bright and refreshing, sweet and tangy. Everything you want on a hot day. And less than 4.5 net carbs!

Is Watermelon Keto?

Watermelon in large quantities is not the most keto friendly fruit since it’s relatively high in carbs. Better to stick with raspberries and blackberries.

BUT! In small quantities watermelon is just while eating keto! You need just a few good bites to take this salad to the next level.

Keto Watermelon Feta Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Here are the stars of the salad:

  • A homemade balsamic vinaigrette that you’re going to want to use in every salad forever and ever
  • organic baby arugula
  • sweet and juicy watermelon (best if already chilled in the fridge!)
  • creamy crumbled feta
  • salty prosciutto that you bake in the oven until crispy like bacon
  • tangy red onion

The combo of all these flavors is absolute perfection.

WATERMELON SALAD

OH MY GOSH! Is that a low carb watermelon salad? YES!!!!! It is! At only 4 net carbs, most people can enjoy this fantastic Low Carb Summertime treat and still meet their health goals. Cheers!

Low Carb Watermelon Salad Served
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This recipe is really easy so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet!

INGREDIENTS

DRESSING

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • One tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt * to taste

SALAD

  • 1 cup watermelon small cubes
  • 2 cups cucumber
  • 1 avocado small cubes
  • ⅓ cup green onion chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • ¼ cup mint leaves Torn in small pieces. Basil is good too if you don’t care for mint.
  • ½ jalapeño thinly sliced, optional
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE THE WATERMELON SALAD:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.
  • Carefully combine all of the salad ingredients EXCEPT FETA and drizzle with the dressing. Crumble feta on top to keep from getting soggy or serve on the side.
  • Serve immediately and chill any leftovers for a day or two. See post if you are making this ahead for an event.

TIPS & FAQ’S:

If you are making this salad ahead of time, wait to dress it and add the feta cheese until you’re serving. The water in the melon will make the cheese soggy if it’s just mixed in and saved for later.

WATERMELON FETA MINT SALAD (LOW CARB, GLUTEN FREE)

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad in a bowl topped with fresh mint leaves.
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This Watermelon Feta Mint Salad with red onions and radishes is the perfect summer salad. Fresh mint & feta cheese along with the watermelon are a delicious balance of both sweet and salty flavors. An easy side dish to serve at your next BBQ. Gluten Free, Low Carb, Easy.

Hello Summer…. 🌞

And even though it officially doesn’t begin on the calendar here till next week….

Where I’m from it’s already been feeling a lot like it.

Especially since I’ve been seeing Watermelons starting to pop up every where.

And there is nothing better than eating cold watermelon chunks straight outta the fridge….

Well unless you’re going to drink it in the form of Watermelon Lemonade.

REFRESHING, light and guilt-free… Gotta love it.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS WATERMELON SALAD:

  • Seedless Watermelon
  • Radishes
  • Red Onion
  • Feta Cheese
  • Mint leaves
  • Lime juice

CAN THIS WATERMELON FETA MINT SALAD BE MADE AHEAD:

You can certainly make this ahead but I prefer to just prep all the ingredients ahead.

Then mix it up right before serving since watermelon tends to releases a lot of water.

Just make sure to drain the watermelon before mixing up.

If you do have leftovers with a lot of liquid in the bowl you can just drain any excess liquid off the next day.

SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT WATERMELON:

  1. Watermelons are 92% water.
  2. The seeds of watermelon are actually nutritious and NO you won’t grow a watermelon in your belly if you eat a seed.
  3. In Africa and Egypt people often sprinkle watermelon with feta cheese…
  4. Since the saltiness brings out the juice and flavor of the melon.
  5. Watermelon is considered a health food and is low in calories.
  6. Americans eat more watermelon by weight than any other fruit.
Watermelon Feta Mint Salad is a white serving bowl.
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CAN I FREEZE ANY LEFTOVER WATERMELON:

Yes…

So if you buy a large melon and only need half of it for say this salad…

You can preserve the other half by freezing it.

What you need to do is just cut it into bite sized chunks or pieces and make sure to remove any seeds.

Cause sometimes even seedless watermelons have a few seeds.

Then place the pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze till solid.

Once frozen put the watermelon in freezer safe bags.

Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad

Serve this Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad at your next outdoor barbecue to keep things light and refreshing, in a low-carb way that everyone will love.

Watermelon Arugula Salad
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How many times have you been to a barbecue or summer party and all the salads on the table are made with pasta or potatoes? Bringing this salad ensures that at least one thing is low-carb, so you don’t have to compromise your diet for the sake of eating something.

This salad also makes a great 4th of July side, thanks to its festive colors. It’s perfect for summer, when you don’t want something heavy or hot to eat.

Yes, watermelon has more sugar in it than some fruits, but it’s not out of the question on a keto diet. One serving of this salad has just 4 grams of net carbs.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Not many ingredients go into this healthy and fresh summer salad. Mix up the dressing beforehand and leave to chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to mix the salad.

  • Arugula – This green leafy vegetable has a peppery, spicy, and slightly tart flavor that is a popular addition to many salads.
  • Watermelon – It is best to use a seedless watermelon so that you don’t spend time picking seeds out or trying to avoid them while eating.
  • Feta cheese – Feta is a Greek brined cheese curd made from sheep’s milk. It can come in many forms. In this recipe we are using a block cut into squares. You could use crumbled feta as well. Why not try making it yourself with this recipe.
  • Mint – Fresh mint, julienned.
  • Dressing ingredients – Olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Garnish – Chopped hazelnuts or sunflower seeds.

How to Make This Salad

There’s really nothing to this salad but a little bit of chopping and crumbling. You’ll also need to mix up a quick vinaigrette to top it with.

Start out by adding the arugula, watermelon and mint to a bowl. If you’re not planning to eat the salad right away, cover it and put it in the refrigerator until you’re ready. If you dress it too soon, it will become soggy and watery.

watermelon arugula salad
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To make the dressing, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a small container with a lid. Shake it vigorously to combine.

If you’re taking the salad to a party or picnic, you can take the dressing in the container separately to dress the salad just before eating. It will begin to wilt within an hour, so if you aren’t sure you’ll be eating the whole salad at once, you can dress individual servings instead.

I like to add nuts to this salad for extra crunch and flavor. Hazelnuts are my favorite, but you can add any type of nut you want.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t like Arugula. What can I substitute?

You can use any kind of leafy green really, so choose one you enjoy. Spinach is a great dark leafy green full of nutrients. Other options are romaine, watercress or mixed salad greens.

Can I add a different herb other than mint?

Sure! If you don’t like mint try adding whatever fresh herbs you have in your garden. Dill would be an excellent choice, as well as parsley or basil. Try different combinations and see what you like best.

Tips & Notes

  • I like to use chopped hazelnuts on this salad for the extra crunch and flavor. You can leave them off, or use sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, or another type of nut you like.
  • The salad doesn’t keep for long after the dressing has been added. It will start to wilt within an hour. If you aren’t sure you’ll use the whole salad at once, only dress the servings you’ll use, so the remaining salad can be preserved for later.

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