This watermelon feta salad is a sweet, salty, and refreshing dish for your summer cookouts. It’s a healthy summer recipe that’s sure to satisfy.
With Memorial Day weekend in the books, July 4th quickly approaching and the official start of summer next week, healthy grilling is a hot topic (pun intended). So, today I’m excited to share not just one but six healthy recipes for your summer cookouts! My watermelon feta salad is a good starter, side, or refreshing end to dining al fresco.
Elizabeth from The Clean Eating Couple reached out last month to gather a few bloggers to have a healthy summer cookout – virtually. I jumped at the chance to join in the fun. Be sure to scroll to down or click here to see what’s on the table.6 Easy, Healthy Summer Cookout Recipes from sides and mains to dessert!
I love getting together with friends and family for a cookout. I’m usually the one on vegetable and sides duty – because honestly – nobody wants me to cook the meat. It’s just not my forte. Or make the sweet tea. I’ve been known to leave the “sweet” too much to the imagination. That’s the dietitian in me I guess and the fact that I don’t like things too sweet. Anyway, you can call me side dish Sally.
I used watermelon for this recipe because I’d just gotten a huge one that was divinely sweet but too much to eat. I love my watermelon cold and plain BUT this sweet, salty, tangy combo is insanely good. The watermelon is hydrating and refreshing while the feta brings in just enough bite to make it feel like you are having a real dish versus a snack. You can also take the easy way out and make watermelon, feta, basil bites like these ones I shared on Instagram a couple of weeks ago.
But this salad will be ready in no time!
Watermelon Feta Salad
- 6 cups watermelon, cubed
- ½ cup good quality feta, cubed or crumbled
- 2 cups arugula
- 2 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar*
- Arrange the arugula in a large bowl, top with the watermelon and feta. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Serve. Too easy!
A few posts back, I shared my simple swaps for a healthy cookout. All of the recipes from this crew will help you put those tips into action all summer long. Here’s the full spread from our virtual cookout table.
Lime Corn Salad by Little Chef, Big Appetite
Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken by Madison at Joyfully Mad
Honey Thyme Balsamic Grilled Chicken by The Clean Eating Couple
No-Bake Berry Tarts from Just JessieB
Paleo Key Lime Pie Bites from Lean Clean Brie
So whatcha makin’?
So refreshing! I love everything about this salad! Yum!
This combination is soooooooo yummy!
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
LOVE the addition of the arugula! It is one of my favorite greens and would pair so perfectly with the watermelon & feta!!
What an easy salad to make. I think feta and watermelon always make a great combination. Thanks for sharing
Love this combo! Such a great saald
Elaine @ Dishes Delish
I absolutely love the combination of watermelon with arugula! And top it all off with some feta and it’s brilliant! Lovely salad and I can’t wait to make it!
Thanks so much, Elaine! The salty sweet combo with the feta is just so delicious. Happy summering!
I normally love just plain watermelon. I could eat it all day long. I’ve always wondered about using it in a salad, and I will definitely be trying this!
SAME. I have a bunch of it in the fridge right now – cold, plain watermelon is THE best. But I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it with the feta. The salty-sweet combo is lovely. And this works too if you just want to do something a little different.
yessss! This is the perfect recipe for me. Looks VERY tasty!I LOVE how easy and delicious this is! Good idea! Love everything about this recipe! YUM!
Thanks, Neli! It’s definitely time to put this back on the table!
Watermelons are the perfect fruit for the summer and there’s nothing better than a good watermelon salad! Yum!
This sounds amazing but I can’t eat balsamic. What do you think I could Replace the balsamic with? I’m highly allergic to sulfates.
Sorry to hear about your allergy, Rachel. You can definitely leave the balsamic out and dress lightly with your favorite vinaigrette or even a squeeze of lime juice, olive oil, and a little extra salt and pepper.