watermelon salad.

I first tried watermelon and basil salad at The Canyons a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love.  It’s the ideal combination of salty and sweet and would be perfect to serve at a late summer get together.

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Ingredients for Watermelon Salad:

  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • 1 red onion {I used white and it wasn’t ideal}
  • 3 oz. feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil {not pictured here, my bad}
  • fresh mint {I’m slightly slow, also not pictured here}

Slice your watermelon in half.

I didn’t use a seedless watermelon but I wish I had, those little seeds are prohibitive to full watermelon salad enjoyment.

watermelon scooper

Scoop watermelon out of each half.  I used a cookie scoop for a watermelon scooper, but you can cube the watermelon and it would be equally delicious and easy.  Put it into a bowl where you’ll add the rest of the ingredients.

sliced onion

Thinly slice your onion.  Very very thin slices.  Put these off to the side.

fresh mint

Isn’t this fresh mint gorgeous?  I think so.  Wash it, pull the mint leaves off, and stack the leaves one on top of the other.

how to mint

Once the mint leaves are stacked, mince the mint to within an inch of its life.

chop mint

Until it looks like this.

onions in salad

Add the slices of onion to your watermelon.

balsamic vinegar dressing

Pour the balsamic vinegar and olive oil mixture into the salad and mix.

feta cheeses

Add the feta cheese, and the mint {which I forgot to do until the very end} and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

watermelon salad dish

Serve cold.

Honestly, the mixture of onions, balsamic vinegar, and watermelon might not sound appealing but I promise you it’s one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

Crispy, fresh, and delicious.

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  1. Naomi :

    Holy yum, indeed. I know what I’m doing with the leftover watermelon in the fridge now…

    • Allison :

      I know, it’s perfect for this time of year. Truly.

  2. kelleyn :

    That does look amazing. Have you ever tried beets, goat cheese, and pistashios. So yummy!

    • Allison :

      Holy cow, no! I’m putting that on a list somewhere to eat.

  3. Carina :

    A little tip:

    Don’t just put the onions off to the side, put them in a bowl of water with a teaspoon of sugar. Let them soak for at least 10 minutes, or up to over night if you’d rather. It takes the edge off the onions and makes them even better on salads.

    • Allison :

      What an amazing tip. Had no idea. Maybe I need to hang out with you more often.

  4. Lu :

    this really looks good and sounds so refreshing. Will have to try.

    • Allison :

      It’s totally refreshing. 100%

  5. Jessica @ One Shiny Star :

    Sounds delicious! I’m sure my husband wouldn’t be a fan… he dislikes watermelon, AND vinegar. Weirdo. I will have to try this next time he’s out of town. :)

    • Allison :

      One of my kids wasn’t a huge fan, but I highly recommend trying it.

      Who doesn’t like watermelon?!

  6. tara :


    • Allison :

      Slurp. :)

  7. Danielle (elleinadspir) :

    This looks soo good. I need my hubs to go out of town so I can feast on this…sadly he wouldn’t be into it.

    • Allison :

      Do it! It’s a perfect treat for a little girl time.

  8. Katrina :

    I have to say that this has been a topic of convo at my house lately. Since I was a little girl I can remember putting salt on watermelon. My husband, not from Ohio like me, thought this to be so crazy! Then Panera came out with there watermelon salad, of course with coarse sea salt on it … first thing I said, of course, was “see I am not crazy” heheheh

    • Allison :

      I had never heard of it. Ever. But somehow the combination is like an explosion in your mouth, it’s just complete happy.

  9. Kristen :

    I saw this on the menu at La Jolla Groves in Provo. I will definitely be trying this next time we dine there. If you haven’t been there, RUN, don’t walk! It is so, so very good!

    • Allison :

      I’ve never been! Where is it? If they have this on the menu, it’s my kind of place!

  10. Tricia (Once A Month Mom) :

    In my mind you can’t go wrong with anything that involves balsamic vinegar and feta!

    • Allison :

      Seriously. Add a little sweet to the mix and you’re GOLDEN.

  11. Marie :

    What?!!! I’ll have to give it a try!

    • Allison :

      Yes, you will. I can see you loving this recipe like crazy.