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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.

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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.

Watermelon and tomatoes on cutting board

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.

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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!

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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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If you make this Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette, 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!

Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 278 kcal

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Instructions

  • 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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  1. This looks delicious! The only thing is I can’t stand kalamata olives (they’re the only thing I’m picky about!). Any suggestions for a substitute? Green olives maybe? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey Mia,
      You could totally use any olive that you enjoy here! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. Hi, if I want to make this salad in advance, how long will it stay fresh? And should I dress it before storing or when serving? Thanks!

    1. Hey Rachel,
      I would make this the morning of. I hope you enjoy the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Test drove this today with out of the tomatoes and basil from the garden and a fabulous watermelon. I’m going to make this for a wedding party of 40 this week and had been hunting for a recipe that used feta and watermelon. Will share feedback after the party.

  4. This salad was outstanding! My crowd loved it, served with smoked chicken thighs, green beans, fingerling potatoes. Guests helped themselves to fresh picked young greens, scooped the salad on top and I served the dressing on the side for each to drizzle to their preference and delight! I haven’t ever felt compelled to leave a recipe review before, but couldn’t help myself!

    1. Hi Lucy,
      Absolutely, that would be delicious! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing! Loved it. I used fresh basil and chives from my little raised garden. It was truly delicious. I can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow.

  6. Absolutely delicious, the vinegarextent was awesome. Can’t wait to make for my bbq after the pandemic is over.

  7. This is an outstanding salad. Thank you for this and all of your creative work. My family appreciates it!

  8. 5 stars
    Yummy. I took this to a neighbor’s for my contribution to dinner and it was a big hit. All the fresh ingredients were so good.

  9. Hi thank you for the amazing recipe! Is there a substitute for balsamic vinegar? Looking for a vinegar without wine in it! Thank you

  10. 5 stars
    Just made this for a healthy family summer dinner. So refreshing and delicious! The basil pairs so well with the watermelon and feta. Loved it! Thanks for this wonderful dish!

  11. I live in New England. Summers pass by so quickly that we don’t want to miss a minute of fun in the sun! Your recipes are spot on perfect. I live to serve great fresh tasty foods when my family gathers but I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen or miss out on the fun. Keep up the great work and yes, we ??? the cocktails too!

  12. 5 stars
    Best ever! Would not have tried with out your confession of never trying simple things…well I would never try things that seemed odd together…like watermelon and tomatoes! This is a definite winner.

  13. Hi Tieghan!
    You have created another winner- this salad was amazing! I made it exactly as written except I omitted the cherry tomatoes. ( I forgot them!) Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe! It is a delicious blend of sweet/salty/crisp and perfect for a hot Texas evening. Thank you for all of your creative recipes. I have loved them all!!

    Andrea in Texas

  14. 5 stars
    I made this a few days ago with seedless watermelon. I followed the recipe exactly except for adding some cooked farro I had on hand. It added some grainy crunch. This was delicious and super easy to put together! Definitely going into the rotation this summer.

  15. 5 stars
    What wonderful salads. Fresh, zesty and tasty.
    I added a
    touch by using a generous pinch of cayenne flakes.
    Yum! Thank you

  16. 5 stars
    I am obsessed with this! The sweet of the watermelon is the perfect compliment to the other ingredients. And the dressing is heaven. I ran out of reta and used mozzarella, which is also delightful. Perfect post-run summer snack. Thank you!

  17. I can’t wait to make this for my daughters Fourth of July b-day party! Thanks for a great idea!!
    Cheers, Tamara W. Jersey Shore

  18. 5 stars
    I made this as part of a breakfast spread and it turned out to be just about everyone’s favorite dish. The ingredients are so refreshing.

  19. I made this last weekend and it was an instant hit. It looked beautiful and tasted so yummy! I love having fresh summer salad recipe that are super tasty and not complicated. I will be making this over and over again.

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe was simple and very delicious. I shared with my colleague at work and she said she would be dreaming of it tonight. Thank you for the recipe!

  21. 5 stars
    Amazing! Super easy and really delicious! My 7 year old made the dressing while I chopped the salad ingredients! This will be a staple on our summer menu!

  22. I’ve got an abundance of mint and have been making a feta melon mint variation a lot lately but LOVE the idea of making it Greek with cuces, tomatoes and olives…how do you think adding mint to this dressing would taste?! Strange?

    1. Hey Jen! Mint will be delicious! Such a great idea! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  23. HI Tieghan,
    I loved this recipe it’s simply amazing!! The flavors are all wonderful and balance each other out perfectly!! It would have been nice to get a watermelon that was sweeter. Where do you get most of your produce farmers markets?? I am going to start cooking for a family next week and I’ll be using a lot of your recipes. Your recipes are all so creative and outside the box. Great job as always I love it!!

    1. Hi Mike! I am so glad you like this post! I usually get all of my produce from my neighborhood supermarket but in the summer I will try to get a lot from farmers markets and stands! I hope you love all of the recipes you try! Let me know how they turn out for you! xTieghan

  24. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely perfect! Thanks for the inspiration. I love the refreshing lemon and veggies with salty/briny olives and feta – amazing combo for summer!

  25. 5 stars
    This was purrfect on the hot summer day. Beautiful mixture of flavors. Wonderful. Will have it again next week.

    1. Hi Chelsea! You can make the dressing and chop all the fruit and vegetables the night before (keep in a bowl in the fridge), then toss the salad together the day of. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  26. Hi fromTexas Tieghan ? this salad looks amazingly delicious and sooo pretty. I will be making this soon.
    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

  27. Hi Tiegan!

    Would it work if I put the basil dressing ingredients in the blender?
    The salad looks so refreshing!

    Thanks!

    Kristen Berry

    1. Hey Kristen! Yes, adding the dressing ingredients to a blender will work great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  28. 5 stars
    YES!!! I was just telling my boyfriend last weekend while we were BBQ’ing that I wanted to do grilled balsamic watermelon with feta this weekend. This is an AMAZING combination, either grilled or served chilled. Match made in heaven. <3