Refreshing Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mint and Feta

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy watermelon fruit salad in a variety of ways. One of my favorite combinations is to combine watermelon with feta and mint. It is so refreshing and delicious. Best of all, it’s super easy to make.

Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mint and Feta

I can’t go to the grocery store without bringing home some watermelon. My entire family loves it. I fondly remember the days when the kids were little and watermelon juice dripped from their mouths as they bit into slices bigger than their little faces.

Now that they are teens, I’m updating their palate to include other flavors like feta and mint. They are not big milk drinkers so adding the feta to this watermelon fruit salad is one way I can give them a calcium boost as well.

What makes this watermelon fruit salad so special?

In addition to this salad being mouth-watering good, it’s also healthy. Let’s take a look at the health benefits of watermelon.

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon contains only 46 calories per cup and is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds.

Helps with hydration

Did you know that foods that have high water content like watermelon help keep you hydrated? Yes indeed! Watermelon is actually 92% water. Having this water content is one of the reasons that this watermelon fruit salad helps you feel full too! Along with the fiber content in watermelon, you can eat a lot of it without the calories.

Watermelon contains a lot of good-for-you vitamins and minerals

According to Healthline.com, one cup of watermelon these vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin C: 21% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Vitamin A: 18%
  • Potassium: 5%
  • Magnesium: 4%
  • Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3%

Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid. These compounds may help prevent certain types of cancers, improve heart health and lower inflammation.

Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mint and Feta

Healthy Benefits of Feta Cheese

Eaten in the right portion sizes, feta cheese makes a nutritious addition to this watermelon fruit salad. Feta is packed with nutrients like calcium, vitamin B6 &12, selenium and zinc.

Feta is also lower in fat and calories than many other cheeses often used in salads like cheddar or Parmesan. One ounce of feta has only 74 calories and 6 grams of fat.

Feta also contains probiotics that are good for your gut health. These are the are live, friendly bacteria that can benefit your health.

Health Benefits of Mint

Mint is another powerhouse ingredient to help with digestion. Mint as antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help relieve indigestion and also soothe an upset stomach.

Mint’s strong and refreshing smell may help beat stress and rejuvenate the mind as well. Who knew?

Mint stimulates digestive enzymes, which help facilitate better absorption of nutrients from food. When the body is able to assimilate and absorb nutrients properly, there is better metabolism. A faster metabolism aids weight loss. 

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So now that you know that there are lots of healthy reasons to enjoy this watermelon fruit salad, it’s time to make it!

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Watermelon Fruit Sald with Mint and Feta

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword feta, mint, watermelon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 172 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce like Tabasco® (optional; to taste)
  • cups cubed watermelon
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese about 2½ oz.
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped sweet onion like Maui or Vidalia
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Combine oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and hot sauce (if desired) in a medium bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.
  2. Combine watermelon, cheese, onion, and mint in a large serving bowl.
  3. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend.

What’s your favorite type of watermelon fruit salad?

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Jenn

Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 31 Comments

  1. Samantha K

    That looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!
    (PS Welcome to Social Fabric)

  2. Dede

    That is a beautiful salad. I’ll have to try that. I’d never thought to put those ingredients together!

  3. Patty

    That looks so good. Watermelon is my favorite fruit

  4. Jenna Wood

    This would be great for any summer potluck!

  5. Brandy Myers

    This looks refreshing for a hot summer day. Storing in the archives!

  6. Amber edwards

    That looks absolutely delicious! And perfect for summer!!

  7. Cinny

    I’ve heard of watermelon salad before but have never tried it…might have to now!

  8. Oh my word does that look delicious! i never would have thought to use watermelon in a salad like that! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Katy

    Never would I have though to put watermelon and feta together but now… I can’t wait to try it. Need to make a trip to the grocery store soon. This looks like such a great and refreshing summer salad! – Katy

  10. Oh this looks so refreshing! I can’t wait to try this with watermelon from my garden this summer! I am your newest follower on Twitter and Pinterest- can’t wait to check out some of your other great recipes and ideas:) Have a great weekend!

  11. Jadey Sam

    I have never tried eating watermelon as a salad but this looks intriguing! I will give it a try!

  12. Lauren

    Wow that looks super yummy! I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing 🙂 xo

  13. Great recipe! I am always looking for different ways to eat watermelon. It always seems like a race to finish it before it goes bad………and I hate to waste good watermelon. Sweet and savory. Yum!

  14. Traci

    This is one recipe that I thought I would NEVER like, but ended up loving the flavor combination. It’s so good!

    1. Arganaut

      At first sight it’s difficult to believe that something so sweet is not fattening, but water melon is mostly water.

      For those who won’t try the flavor combination, I can only say that I’ve tried all sorts of food combinations that sounded strange to me (some of them loved by millions of people who use them every day) and never found one that I hated yet.

      The English won’t even try jam and pork! I enjoy pickled onions with honey.

  15. Kelly Yamauchi

    Wow! This is a great recipe. I never tried watermelon as ingredient of salad before. This looks perfectly delicious and refreshing. Thanks a ton! 😀

  16. Jane Wheeler

    That looks so good. I make a salad very close to that using arugula, watermelon and feta with an orange juice and honey based dressing.

  17. judy gardner

    i’m not sure about the hot sauce and onion but otherwise the sounds awesome!

  18. Wendy Juicer

    This is so refreshing. I love water melon and eating it as part of a salad was heavenly. thanks for this fresh new recipe.

  19. rochelle haynes

    5 stars
    I am loving this salad

  20. Judy Thomas

    5 stars
    It sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  21. Rajee Pandi

    Love to try it

  22. Rajee Pandi

    greek salad

  23. Aline Azevedo

    My fave summer fruit is starfruit!

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