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Smashed Cucumber and Watermelon Feta Salad. Sweet and juicy watermelon, cucumbers, creamy avocado, and feta cheese are all combined to create a refreshing summer salad that’s easy to create, pretty, and so delicious. Finish this quick and simple salad with smashed-down feta cheese and lemon dressing. Every bite is full of sweet watermelon, crunchy cucumbers, and salty feta cheese. It’s summertime in a salad.

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I’m declaring this the summer of simplicity. And this salad is simple. I always hesitate to share recipes like today’s. But I’ve come to realize that it’s these simple recipes that we all actually need and enjoy most.

Sometimes my brain can really overcomplicate things. But this is the summer I’m sharing only my favorite, favorite recipes. The recipes I know will be quick and simple for us all to enjoy!

And this salad is really just the start. I have so many good recipes coming up throughout the month of July. I can’t wait!

As the 4th of July draws closer by the day, my focus is recipes geared to easy summer grilling and entertaining. When it comes to the ever so popular watermelon salad, I’ve always kept mine as basic as can be. Watermelon mixed with cantaloupe and honeydew. A simple melon salad my mom would always serve at summer parties. No dressing, just the fruit!

But my salad today has the addition of cucumbers, avocado, fresh basil, dill, plus a smashed-down feta cheese dressing. This is so delicious!

Smashed Cucumber and Watermelon Feta Salad |


Step 1: smash the cucumbers 

Lay each cucumber flat on your cutting board, then slice them in half lengthwise. Use the back side of your chef’s knife and smash it down into the cucumber. This should break the flesh. Then slice into 1-inch pieces and add to the salad.

Add the watermelon chunks, avocado chunks, pistachios, and fresh basil.

Step 2: make the dressing

Take a block of feta cheese, place it in a bowl, then use a fork to smash the cheese up into tiny crumbles. Then add olive oil, lemon juice, honey, dill, salt, pepper, and chili flakes.

Very simple but obviously super yummy.

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Step 3: toss the salad

When you’re ready, toss the salad with the dressing and serve with additional basil and dill. I love to enjoy this with fresh naan, pita, or chips. But, to be honest, by the spoonful is a really great option too!

A delicious, light, and refreshing summertime salad! The combination of sweet watermelon and salty feta is perfection. Enjoy! Enjoy!

Hoping these extra summery recipes will provide you with inspiration for the upcoming summer weeks, BBQs, and your 4th of July festivities.

Smashed Cucumber and Watermelon Feta Salad |

Looking for other watermelon recipes, try these:

Frosted Watermelon Rosemary Frosé

Salted Spicy Watermelon Margarita Popsicles

Smoky Watermelon Lemon Margarita

Pink Vodka Watermelon Lemonade

Lastly, if you make this Smashed Cucumber and Watermelon Feta Salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Smashed Cucumber and Watermelon Feta Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 239 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



Feta Dressing


  • 1. Arrange the cucumbers on a cutting board, flesh side facing up. Take the flat side of a chef's knife and smash it into the cucumber, breaking the flesh. Chop into 1 inch pieces.
    2. In a salad bowl, toss together the cucumbers, watermelon, avocado, pistachios, and basil leaves.
    3. To make the dressing. Crumble the feta cheese into a bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and dill. Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Mix well, breaking up the feta as you mix.
    4. Gently toss the salad with the dressing. Serve with fresh pita and chips. Yum!
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  1. 5 stars
    I think I’m now obsessed with this salad! It is so refreshing and delicious- perfectly balanced in flavors and textures. I will definitely make again and again!

    1. Hi Paula,
      Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this dish turned out well for you, thanks for trying it and your comment!🌼🌸 xx

  2. I got all the ingredients for this salad but cannot find fresh basil. What would you substitute? Dried basil???….how much? or leave basil out altogether?

    1. Hi Laura,
      I would stick with fresh herbs for this recipe, so you could try parsley or cilantro. If not, I would skip the basil:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT