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Watermelon Arugula and Feta Salad

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Watermelon Arugula and Feta Salad is a refreshing summer salad, I love the saltiness of the feta paired with sweet watermelon and peppery arugula!

Watermelon and Feta Salad
Watermelon Arugula and Feta Salad

I love the flavor combination in this simple watermelon feta and balsamic salad. It is wonderfully sweet, salty, peppery, fresh and summery. The balsamic vinaigrette compliments the flavors in the salad perfectly, it’s fresh, flavorful and scrumptious! This salad is perfect to serve with anything you’re grilling. Try it with grilled chicken, steaks or grilled shrimp to make it a meal!

Watermelon Arugula and Feta Salad

If you need a summer side dish or salad for a bbq, this is always a hit!! The first time tried watermelon in a salad with Feta, I was in a very trendy neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn and I loved it! I’ve been making this salad, which I first shared in 2011, ever since! All the ingredients compliment each so well and it’s so pretty to look at too. I’ve brought it to parties and everyone loved it.


  • Substitute the arugula for Romaine, butter lettuce, watercress or mixed greens and we love it just the same!
  • Swap feta for goat cheese or ricotta salata
  • To feed a crowd just double or triple the recipe and make the dressing on the side.

How To Make Watermelon Feta Salad

  1. Wash and dry the lettuce
  2. Make the balsamic dressing by combining balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Dice the watermelon and combine when ready to serve.
  4. Top with the balsamic viniagrette.

What to serve with Watermelon Feta Salad


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Watermelon Arugula and Feta Salad

5 from 9 votes
Watermelon Arugula and Feta Salad is a refreshing summer salad, great with anything you're grilling!
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Watermelon and Feta Salad
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 /4th of salad


  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed and chilled
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 7 oz arugula
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced very thin
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper


  • Wash arugula and dry well.
  • In a large bowl whisk vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve.

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Serving: 1 /4th of salad, Calories: 157.5 kcal, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 11.5 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 219.5 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 9 g


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56 comments on “Watermelon Arugula and Feta Salad”

  1. So so good. Perfect for summer! Refreshing and light, but satisfying. I subbed out the feta for crumbled queso fresco just because my husband isn’t a fan of feta, and added grilled chicken . We will be making this ALL summer. 

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    Jessica Kissner Foley

    Absolutely delicious! Our stores were out of arugula, but I did use some organic baby romaine and herbs and it was divine! Will make this again and again! Thank you!

  3. Sooo good! Loved how all the flavors went together and the balsamic dressing really helped emphasize the flavors. This recipe is definitely a keeper 🙂

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this salad I love the saltiness of the feta paired with sweet watermelon and peppery arugula and I just love red onion anytime, my husband didn't like the watermelon with balsamic but that is just a personal preference but I LOVED it!! Thanks 🙂

  5. We loved this salad (much to my surprise and delight; hubs dislikes most vegetables) but I personally didn't think the feta added anything. I can't wait to try it again sans feta.

    1. Absolutely divine!! I can eat this salad everyday that’s how good it is. So yummy and so simple to make!! 😋

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Grilled shrimp or chicken would be good. I like this as a starter to eat on it's own as well.

  7. I'd love to make this for dinner but stumped on what to serve it with.
    Any ideas?

    What about the Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs?


  8. I have been trying recipes like crazy. This was excellent, so much so that I've had it as a lunch side 2 days in a row. My only change is that I use grilled red onions.

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    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

    I just had this salad in a restaurant this week!! I can concur with you that it IS good!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I'm sure mint would be nice with the watermelon!

    I bought the plate at Home Goods! They have beautiful dishes!!

  11. I added a couple of tablespoons of juice from the watermelon to the dressing and cut the olive oil down to 1 tbsp and it was great with less points. And I added chicken on top to make it a complete meal.

    This was a great summertime dinner to bring to go see some fireworks. Thanks!

  12. We love this salad – I also add chopped heirloom tomatoes (yellow and orange are pretty) and basil leaves thinly sliced.

  13. Had this for dinner today with the filipino ribs and it was absolutely delicious and great for a light summer dinner. Your blog is the best! I can always count on great tasting recipes from this blog.