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5-Ingredient Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad with Kalamata Olives is a refreshing summer side dish. It is a perfect side dish for backyard barbecues and cookouts.

Watermelon and feta salad with cucumbers and kalamata olives in a white bowl

Crisp, sweet watermelon and crunchy diced cucumber tossed with salty feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and a light red wine vinaigrette make for a savory-sweet combo that is totally irresistible.

This recipe only requires 5 ingredients (plus salt, pepper, and olive oil) and it is perfectly portioned to serve two people.

It also takes less than 10 minutes to make!

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For best results, use sweet, juicy ripe watermelon and a good quality feta cheese made from sheep’s milk. Trader Joe’s has a very good Israeli Feta that works well here.

Is the combination of sweet fruit and salty cheese weird? Not at all. Think of how cheese plates almost always include some sort of fruit—either fresh, dried, or as preserves or jam.

Salty cheese and sweet fruit are a flavor combination made in heaven.

What ingredients do you need?

This recipe is from my 5-ingredient cookbook, so you guessed it! Only 5 ingredients (plus salt,pepper, and olive oil):

  • Watermelon (choose seedless watermelons if possible)
  • Cucumber
  • Feta cheese
  • Kalamata olives
  • Red wine vinegar
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How do you make watermelon feta salad?

This watermelon salad really could not be easier to make:

  1. Cut up some watermelon and cucumber into cubes and put them in a bowl.
  2. Crumble some feta into the bowl.
  3. Add some halved Kalamata olives.
  4. Mix red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper together in a smal bowl and then toss the mixture with the salad.
  5. Eat the whole bowl in minutes!
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Can you add other ingredients?

Well, I’m glad you asked! Yes, you can add other ingredients. A few things I like to add include julienned fresh mint or basil leaves, snipped chives, sliced scallions toasted pine nuts, or pickled red onions.

You can also substitute a different vinegar, like balsamic vinegar, sherry vinegar, or white wine vinegar or the red wine vinegar. Or use freshly squeezed lime juice or lemon juice in place of vinegar.

What do you serve this with?

This is the perfect summer salad to go along with any grilled or barbecued dishes. I love it alongside Grilled Flank Steak with Chile Butter because the refreshing sweetness balances out the spicy richness of the steak.

These juicy, crispy-skinned sous vide chicken thighs are another perfect main dish to accompany this salad.

I also love to eat it on its own as a light lunch or dinner.

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Watermelon and Feta Salad

Robin Donovan
This salad combines sweet, refreshing watermelon with crunchy cucumbers, salty feta cheese, kalamata olives, and a tart red wine vinaigrette. And it only uses 5 ingredients (plus salt, pepper and olive oil)!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Salad Recipes
Cuisine American
Calories 263 kcal


  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup halved kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, cheese, and olives and toss gently to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the dressing to the salad and toss gently. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately.


1. Sprinkle chopped fresh mint, basil, or chives over the top before serving.
2. Substitute freshly squeezed lime juice for the vinegar.


Serving: 1Calories: 263kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 571mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11g
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By on May 29th, 2020


Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

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