Watermelon Salad Recipe Vegan

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Watermelon Salad Recipe Vegan – I just got back from Florida and I wanted to share the best watermelon salad recipe. It’s vegan, gluten-free and delicious. After spending a week eating delicious vegetables, fruit and healthy food I have new ideas about food and healthy recipes that can help you lose weight and enjoy your meal even more.

Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad (Vegan)

Wood serving bowl filled with minty watermelon cucumber salad
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Get ready for summertime in a bowl! This fresh and juicy watermelon salad is bursting with flavor thanks to sweet watermelon, crisp cucumber, bright mint leaves, zingy onions, a hint of spice from jalapeños, and crunchy pepitas (or pistachios). It’s all beautifully balanced with salty vegan feta and a zesty lime dressing. Where do we sign up!?

This is a plant-based take on the classic combo that you don’t want to miss! Perfect for every summer occasion and just 10 ingredients and 20 minutes required. Let us show you how it’s done!

Watermelon, cucumber, salt, jalapeño, red onion, lime, olive oil, mint, maple syrup, vegan feta, and pumpkin seeds
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Origins of Watermelon Salad

We’re obsessed with watermelon around here so it was about time we looked into where this incredibly refreshing, sweet, delicious fruit comes from. As it turns out, watermelon has been around for at least 5,000 years and has been grown everywhere from the Nile Valley to Libya, India, China, Florida, Hawaii, and beyond!

So when did the famous watermelon feta salad come in? We had trouble finding an origin story, but it seems to be a popular dish in many Mediterranean countries.

Watermelon Salad {Paleo, Vegan}

This simple and refreshing watermelon salad has all the flavors you’re craving!  Juicy watermelon with cucumber, red onion, basil, mint and dairy free feta cheese tossed in a super simple vinaigrette. It’s healthy, paleo, vegan, and perfect for hot summer BBQs and picnics

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This watermelon salad just might be the best thing I’ll make all summer!

It’s Mediterranean inspired, has two kinds of fresh herbs (I couldn’t decide!) and the simplest vinaigrette you’ll ever make.

Whether you need an extra side dish to make for a summer gathering or want to serve your family a light lunch, this salad will not disappoint!

What You Need to Make this Paleo + Vegan Watermelon Salad

Salad:

  • 1/2 of a whole watermelon
  • English cucumber
  • small red onion
  • mint leaves
  • basil leaves
  • dairy free feta cheese crumbles

Dressing:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red wine vinegar, or balsamic
  • pure maple syrup (optional)
  • fine sea salt
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How to Make This Watermelon Salad:

In a large serving bowl or salad platter, arrange the watermelon cubes with the cucumber, onion and fresh herbs. 

Sprinkle all over with the dairy free feta cheese.  

Whisk together the dressing or place the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine, then pour over the salad and serve right away. 

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How to Make this Salad Whole30 Friendly

For a Whole30 watermelon salad, omit the maple syrup from the dressing, or sub in date syrup.  Then, swap out the vegan feta cheese for diced avocado.

You can also use avocado instead of the feta cheese if you can’t find a good vegan feta.

If you have dairy in your diet, feel free to use real feta cheese!

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I hope you’re ready for a deliciously simple salad that’s going to be the star of the BBQ or picnic!

Grab your watermelon because it’s time for your new favorite salad – let’s go!

Watermelon Salad {Paleo, Vegan}

Watermelon Salad {Paleo, Vegan}

This simple and refreshing watermelon salad has all the flavors you’re craving! Juicy watermelon with cucumber, red onion, basil, mint and dairy free feta cheese tossed in a super simple vinaigrette. It’s healthy, paleo, vegan, and perfect for hot summer BBQs and picnics!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Course: Salad, Side Dish

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegan

Keyword: basil, mint, paleo, vegan, watermelon

Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

salad:

  • 1/2 of a whole watermelon cubed
  • 1 English cucumber sliced in half lengthwise, then sliced into 1/2” pieces
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dairy free feta cheese crumbles I used follow your heart brand*

dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large serving bowl or salad platter, arrange the watermelon cubes with the cucumber, onion and fresh herbs. Sprinkle all over with the dairy free feta cheese.
  2. Whisk together the dressing or place the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine, then pour over the salad and serve right away. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*if you want to skip the dairy free feta, you can sub in 1 avocado, cubed

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal

Carbohydrates: 5g

Protein: 1g

Fat: 8g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Sodium: 145mg

Potassium: 89mg

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 2g

Vitamin A: 139IU

Vitamin C: 3mg

Calcium: 20mg

Iron: 1mg

Watermelon Mint Salad

A really simple, flavourful & super juicy, Watermelon Mint Salad that will keep you feeling cool as a cucumber during the warmer summer months!

a bowl of watermelon mint salad
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You are in for a treat today because we are right here with this summer dream of a Watermelon Mint Salad that will leave you feeling cool as a cucumber all summer long!

Ingredients

Here is what you need to make Watermelon Mint Salad:

ingredients for watermelon mint salad
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You’ll notice this recipe doesn’t include salt, and that’s because it draws too much liquid out of the already pretty juicy watermelon and cucumber.

However, a really wonderful optional addition to this recipe is some crumbled vegan feta cheese. The salty cheese works so well with the sweet, fruity flavours! Other additions that work really well include:

  • Vegan Ricotta
  • Thinly sliced jalapeno
  • Black olives
  • Arugula
  • Shaved fennel
  • Avocado

Success Tip – Seedless watermelon is my preference for salads because it looks better and there are no seeds to deal with when eating it.

How to make Watermelon Mint Salad

  1. Chop the watermelon, cucumber and fresh mint then place in a large bowl.
  2. Shake together the super basic dressing in a jar, then there’s a quick toss it all together moment.

Done. Short. Simple. Easy. Told you. And that watermelon is dang clever cus it kind of makes its own dressing. Its juices seep out and mix with the other dressing ingredients to make it even better.

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Serving suggestions

Even though it’s so simple to make, people will be impressed when you whip out your watermelon salad at summer picnics and get-togethers, because it tastes so good.

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