Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette.
A simple and healthy Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette. Sweet and juicy watermelon, fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, salty olives, and feta cheese are combined to create a refreshing summer salad that’s pretty and so delicious. Finish this quick and simple salad with a drizzle of basily balsamic vinaigrette and flaky seas salt. Every bite bursts in your mouth with sweet watermelon, tomatoes, and salty feta cheese…literally summer in a salad.
I’m declaring this the summer of simple salads here on HBH. Over the last six (almost 7) years of writing and creating new recipes for you all, I’ve steered clear of recipes like today’s salad. Why? For stupid reasons that I made up in my mind. Because if I’m being totally honest, I’m slightly insane, and I worry too much.
I feared that the easy recipes were not “good” enough to share. Even though they were recipes that my family and I really enjoyed…and ate often.
But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned more and more about what you guys are looking for. I’ve realized that recipes like this watermelon salad, and last year’s corn pasta, are the simple recipes that most of you are seeking out. They highlight the fresh ingredients of summer. They’re simple to throw together, healthy, and most importantly, they’re DELICIOUS.
Long story short, I made us a watermelon salad. It’s super simple, but also super addicting…which is not a bad thing considering just how healthy this salad is.
The bulk of the salad highlights two of summer’s produce stars, watermelon and tomatoes. Yes, I know it is early into June. But every single year August rolls around and I feel like I’m late to the game with the seasonal recipes. And like I mentioned yesterday, I’m just really excited about summer produce right now and full-on embracing it.
Here’s how you make this salad, are you ready? It’s the easiest, simplest, and you’ll love it.
First, get yourself your first watermelon of the season and cut it into cubes. Add cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, buttery olives, and so much feta cheese. That’s the salad…pretty easy, right?
Now, let’s talk about the basil vinaigrette. It’s a mix of high-quality extra virgin oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon, plenty of basil, fresh chives, and black pepper. It’s actually my go-to vinaigrette for weekday salads. I’ve loved balsamic and basil since I was a kid, so it’s just what I tend to use most often. That said, it pairs perfectly with watermelon and feta, balancing the sweet and salty flavors.
So, this salad is NO COOK, oh so PRETTY, and oh so GOOD. And it only takes minutes to toss together.
You see…summer salad perfection!
Hoping these extra summery recipes will provide you with inspiration for the upcoming summer weeks, BBQ’s, and 4th of July festivities. You can also make this salad simply for yourself, and snack on it all day long…
The combination of sweet watermelon and salty feta is perfection. Enjoy it without an ounce of guilt.
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Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Sweet, juicy watermelon, fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, salty olives, and feta cheese are combined to create a refreshing summer salad that's pretty and so delicious.
- 4 cups cubed watermelon
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 Persian cucumbers, diced
- 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted
- 8 ounces feta cheese, cubed
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
- flaky salt and black pepper
1. In a salad bowl, arrange the watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta cheese.
2. To make the basil vinaigrette. In a glass jar, whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and honey. Add the basil and chives. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the the salad. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
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