Watermelon and Feta Salad

July 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Fruit | 20 Comments
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Watermelon, can you imagine a summer picnic without it?  I remember as a kid mom giving us big old slices of juicy watermelon and making us eat it outside so we wouldn’t make a mess in the house.  So juicy you’d have to lean forward to eat it so it wouldn’t run down your arms or get all over your clothes.  And then there was the seed spitting mess.  Hurrah for all the delicious seedless varieties now available to in our markets.

 I found this recipe a couple of years ago, tweaked it a bit and now it’s my “take everywhere all Summer long” dish. I love a sweet and salty combination. When I was in my 20’s and didn’t care what I ate, I used to pile potato chips on top of a candy bar to get my sweet-salty fix…ah, those were the days. 🙂

Let’s address a healthier combination, how about sweet watermelon, salty olives and creamy feta. I think you’ll find it addictive and a real crowd pleaser.  Take a look:

Watermelon and Feta Salad:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp harissa or other hot sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 lbs seedless watermelon, rind removed, fruit sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup pitted Moroccan or other oil-cured black olives, coarsely chopped
2 oz feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

1. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil with the lemon juice and harissa and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the watermelon slices on a platter and sprinkle with the onion, parsley, olives and feta. Drizzle the dressing on top and serve.

Servings: 4

Sending this to paradise for Deb’s Souper Sundays!

Watermelon and Feta Salad…

It’s What’s For Summer.



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  1. That is funny, candy bar and potato chips.
    I am sure we would like this salad a lot. I will give it a try. Thanks, Lea Ann.

  2. You make mean salads, lady!

  3. Until I ate Sam Hofer’s orange salad with onions and stuff, I would never have considered I might like this – however, I’ve learned that fruit, olives, onions and cheese works, so I’m in – looks delicious.

  4. Well!! Apparently great minds DO think alike, huh Chica!? I like your version 😉

  5. Lea Ann, I just made this salad. How delicious!!!! Love it. I have to stop myself eating it all up before my family comes home from the pool for dinner.

  6. I love pairing melons with salty cheeses! This sounds like the perfect salad to bring to bbqs!

  7. Yea – I’m so glad you posted this! I’m pretty sure you gave this to me once, but I have been unable to find it. (I have GOT to get a better filing system.) This looks and sounds so delicious – and knowing your recipes, I’m putting it straight into my “OMYGOSHGOOD” file because I have complete faith in your recommendations. Great post, beautiful picture!

  8. Watermelon-Feta is one of my favorite salad combos. I like the black olives and harissa in this one–very unique!

  9. I printed this one. Just wondering… could something similar be done with tomatoes instead of the watermelon?

    • Pam, of course, just a different set of flavors. Actually sounds pretty darn good. 🙂

  10. great salad, i love sweet and salty together…perfect combo


  11. Hi! I just bought 2 seedless watermelons. And yes I do remember sitting outside the house to eat watermelon, it’s just much easier to not get the house dirty 🙂

  12. This. Is. So. Fab!
    I just got the invite to our company’s annual picnic… I am going to bring this! Thanks for a wonderful post 🙂

  13. wow wonderful summer salad love this

  14. This is another great Summer salad recipe. feta and watermelon are an interesting flavor combination but, it works really well. I have enjoyed this salad many times. Yours rocks!

  15. Ok, Larry keeps stealing my comments. That was my exact same thought when I saw the picture. I bet it’s good with that blend of flavors.

  16. Lee Ann,

    It must be too early in the morning for me. I got my comment on Tony’s and the watermelon salad mixed up. Anyway……I’m bookmarking this salad. I make something similar, but yours is drop dead gorgeous and I love the touch of hot in it. I think you have a real winner here.

  17. I love this with the olives and onions! I did a cantaloupe and feta the other day and am already craving a repeat. This one is definitely in my future. I love sweet and savory and salty – this beats junk food any day!

  18. What a great combination of ingredients! I would never have thought to put this combination together, but I love salty and sweet too, so I’ll have to give this a try.

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