Watermelon Salad With Basil And Mint

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Watermelon Salad With Basil And Mint – this easy summer salad is one of my favorite ways to use a watermelon. This salad is quite refreshing, and it is delicious, healthy, and satisfying Watermelon salad with basil and mint – a recipe made with watermelon, basil and mint. A healthy summer salad dressed only with lemon juice and olive oil.

WATERMELON BASIL SALAD WITH FETA

This watermelon basil salad with feta incorporates mint and a simple olive oil and champagne vinegar dressing. Serve it alongside your favorite protein or as an appetizer. It’s gluten free, nut free, and the whole family will love it!

Watermelon Basil Salad Of Your Dreams

Summer is basically in full swing where I live, and I need to start making this refreshing watermelon salad on the weekly.

I was testing it this morning, and it is officially all gone. I had a few bites, but between Tim and Sophie, it has been devoured.

What I love most about this salad is how refreshing and versatile it is. You can serve it up alongside a grilled meat or kick off your meal with it as a lovely appetizer.

This antipasti style low carb pizza recipe is going to be your new easy, weeknight go-to meal. It’s served atop a cauliflower pizza crust that’s covered in a garlic spread & loaded with delicious antipasti and fresh herbs. It is gluten free, low carb, and keto.

There is so much flavor, and it really is so simple to make. You don’t need any fancy equipment, and the dressing comes together with just two ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry! 🙂

If you aren’t into basil or mint, you can simply omit one of the herbs. I do recommend using at least one of them though… fresh herbs are necessary in this dish.

Why Do Watermelon And Feta Pair So Well Together?

They are seriously a match-made in heaven.

The salty and briny flavors of feta just bring out the best goodness in watermelon. I actually know several people who will cut up chunks of watermelon and heavily salt them before indulging.

You know what else may be nice in watermelon basil salad if you’re into heat? Some Tajín seasoning. Think: chili peppers, lime, and salt.

I haven’t tried it yet, but I am nearly absolutely certain that would be fabulous.

What Is The Dressing Made Of?

It’s just a blend of extra virgin olive oil and champagne vinegar.

That’s it!

You can alternatively use a red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar if that’s your style. Just start with 1 tablespoon and taste before adding more. Champagne vinegar is a bit more mellow in my opinion, so you can get away with more.

What Ingredients Will You Need?

Not too many, and what a relief. The fresh herbs make all of the difference in this recipe if you ask me.

I urge you to find a feta cheese that is soaking in brine instead of using a dry feta block. It will add moisture and flavor to the salad you won’t find in the dry block.

Feel free to use Persian cucumbers or English cucumbers in the salad… both will turn out fabulously!

Otherwise, the dressing is made up of a mix of olive oil and champagne vinegar- that’s it.

You will whip up this watermelon basil salad in about 15 minutes or less. I love quickly whipping it together the day before I know I’m going to host a few people. Everybody quickly becomes very obsessed with it.

I also stumbled across a recipe for watermelon basil salad that incorporates red onion and avocado– yum. How delicious does this look?

How To Make Watermelon Basil Salad With Feta

Prep the watermelon, cucumber, mint, and basil. Add them all to a large salad bowl.

Break apart the feta with your hands or using a knife, and add that to the salad bowl as well. Give everything a nice toss.

Add champagne vinegar and olive oil. Start with 2 tablespoons of oil and add more after tasting if you’d like. Mix very well with a large spoon or using your hands.

Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper if you’d like. Stir again and serve.

Expert Tips & Tricks

  1. It will taste even better after sitting for a few hours, as the flavors will all begin to meld together and release more.
  2. I’d recommend finding a feta cheese that is soaking in a brine. I have bought a feta block in a wrapper, and it’s just not as good in this salad. The extra moisture is helpful and adds so much more flavor.
  3. Cube your watermelon into bite-size chunks. You want to be able to take a big bite of this salad with all of the components, instead of just one huge piece of watermelon.

Watermelon Salad with Mint

Have we ever told you all how much we love you? Whether you are an old reader, a blogger or here for the first time we seriously love getting your comments and emails. Our favorite part though, the recipes. So many of you send recipes that mean something to you or that’s an old family favorite and we cannot begin to tell you how much we love that. And we totally do make them! Most often we don’t publish them because they are a family secret or something. This watermelon salad though, well it was just the best watermelon salad ever so I HAD to ask our sweet reader, Debra for permission to post the recipe. It’s  seriously up there in deliciousness with our cheesecake fruit salad and cucumber grape salad.

And because we have no idea how to leave a recipe alone we couldn’t resist adding our own twist so this one uses white balsamic vinegar and grapes because the girls asked and I couldn’t have thought of a better idea. So what’s the deal with white balsamic vinegar? And do you really have to buy it? Well, no you could do the norm, but white balsamic vinegar isn’t boiled as long and has a cleaner aftertaste which is quite lovely for a light fruit dish. We really enjoy it, but the other is wonderful as well.

Is Watermelon Nutritious?

Even though watermelons are mostly water, they do have some good nutrients.

Watermelon has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.

Lycopene has been linked with heart health, bone health and prostate cancer prevention.

How Can You Tell If A Watermelon Is Ripe?

A ripe watermelon will sound just a tiny little bit hollow when you knock on it as you would knock on a door.

Too hollow means overly ripe, not hollow at all means unripe.

Watermelons develop a splotch where they rest on the ground.

When this splotch is creamy yellow, it’s ripe.

Also, a ripe watermelon should feel heavy for it’s size.

Are Grape Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes the Same?

Grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are not the same.

Grape tomatoes aren’t as sweet as cherry tomatoes, and their flesh is meatier and less watery.

Firecracker Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Bowl

Celebrate the 4th of July with a traditional summer-time watermelon fruit salad. Use the watermelon as a serving bowl or carved watermelon basket and you won’t have to worry about clean up. You can add even more sparkle to your fruit bowl by adding watermelon stars. This is a great watermelon fruit salad recipe for your next 4th of July or Memorial Day get-together!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large whole watermelon
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 3 bananas
  • Lemon juice
  • Wooden skewers

Instructions

  • Choose a medium to large seedless watermelon to create your bowl.
  • Slice the watermelon lengthways down the middle all the way through with a long knife. 
  • Scoop out the watermelon into another bowl. 
  • Make diagonal cuts around the rim of the watermelon to make a decorative edge. This will jazz up your carved watermelon bowl.
  • Slice the other half of the watermelon into thin slices. The same thickness as your star cookie cutter.
  • Cut out star shaped watermelon pieces using a star cookie cutter!
  • Place watermelon stars on wooden skewer
  • Spear watermelon stars onto a wooden skewer. Cut skewers to different lengths for varying levels of height. Make as many stars on a stick that you wish.
  • Place fruit stars in fruit bowl
  • Push the skewers into the bottom of the watermelon bowl.
  • Refill the bowl with blueberries and bananas.
  • Return the watermelon you scooped out to the watermelon bowl. For a red, white and blue theme add blueberries and bananas.
  • Helpful note: Dip bananas in lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Add any remaining watermelon stars to the top of the salad. Now you have a delicious fruit salad with watermelon in a hand carved watermelon bowl.

Watermelon Feta Salad

This Watermelon Feta Salad is my go-to summer side dish. It is full of bright, fresh flavors that complement any backyard BBQ menu!

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon and feta, in my opinion, are a match made in heaven! The sweetness of the watermelon mixed with the salty, tangy flavor of the feta just WORKS. So, naturally I am obsessed with this salad. It is everything I want in a summer salad – bright, crunchy, and fresh. This is a perfect potluck recipe because it can be doubled or tripled easily and everyone loves every bite! 

I love to serve this with chicken, shrimp or steak on the grill – especially this Grilled Balsamic Chicken. It also pairs beautifully with this Grilled Pork Tenderloin or these Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets.

Ingredients for Watermelon Feta Salad

Two of the main ingredients for this light, fragrant salad recipe are included right in the name. Once you have those, here’s all you need to put this gorgeous salad together:

  • Watermelon – see below tips on how to properly cut a watermelon
  • Feta Cheese – a substitute for milk feta could be goat cheese, cottage cheese or a mild cotija cheese
  • Blueberries – fresh taste best, however you could use frozen berries if they’re not in season
  • Cucumbers – either slice or cut into chunks, your preference
  • Freshmint leaves – find these in the produce section of the grocery store
  • Fresh basil – again, they can be found in the produce section
  • Limes – you’ll need the juice of two limes, but you can also use the zest of the outer lime for extra flavor
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • You can also add any other ingredients that you have on hand: red onion, green onion, lemon juice, and fresh herbs
  • For more of a dressing, drizzle balsamic vinegar or extra-virgin olive oil on top of the salad. 
  • For added crunch and texture toss in a handful of walnutsalmonds or any other kind of nuts you like.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Add the watermelon, blueberries, cucumber, and feta to a large bowl. Stir to distribute the ingredients evenly.
  • Add the mint, basil, lime juice, lime zest (optional), and salt (optional). I like to cut my herbs by putting the leaves all in one stack and then rolling them up and slicing them like you would slice cinnamon rolls. This creates really pretty ribbon shapes for the salad.
  • Stir everything together really well and chill until ready to serve. Give it a quick stir before serving.

Not a Feta Fan?

To answer the question before it inevitably gets asked, yes you can leave out the feta. I think you will totally be missing out! However, if you want to leave it out that’s fine. It won’t change the recipe at all except I’d probably leave out the salt as well since it will be a sweeter salad without the cheese.

How to Cut a Watermelon

For this watermelon salad, you’ll want to cut the fruit into bite size pieces. You can use a melon baller also, but here’s how to get perfect pieces using a knife.

  1. Use a solid surface like a cutting board or butcher’s block and a large sharp knife.
  2. Slice the ends of the watermelon just until you see the red fruit.
  3. Place the watermelon on a freshly cut end and slice the rind off, working top to bottom all the way around the melon.
  4. Next, cut the melon in half lengthwise from the top.
  5. Then take each half and place cut side down. Make slices about one inch thick.
  6. Then cut each slice into strips, then cut those strips into cubes.

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