Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Honey-Lime Dressing (Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

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This watermelon salad with cucumber, feta and honey-lime dressing is quick, delicious and deserves to be on every entertainers table this summer. A gluten free, vegetarian delight, it’s refreshing and about as close to the taste of sunshine as we can get (in my opinion). The crispy cold watermelon and cucumber mixed with salty feta, tart lime juice and sweet honey paired with the most beautiful hint of warmth from the ginger – talk about chefs kiss! The ginger really sets it apart and is that subtle “something” you can’t quite put your finger on.

Watermelon is FULL of water so as the salad sits, the liquid is drawn out of it and the cucumber. This isn’t ideal for serving as a salad, although I would liken the liquid to a watermelon V8 – which I totally adore – so I enjoy it just the same. All this to say that this salad should be served right away. I recommend making sure it is the last thing you make before you sit down to enjoy your meal, but thankfully it is quick and easy to put together!

If the salad does have to sit for a while, it will still be delicious, but it may be somewhere between a cold soup and salad, so keep this in mind!

Watch Me Make My Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Honey-Lime Dressing

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How To Make My Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Honey-Lime Dressing

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Step 1. Make the dressing first: In a small bowl, whisk together the ginger, honey, juice from one lime, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Taste it, and add the second lime’s juice if needed.  Set aside.

Step 2. Make the salad: In a large serving bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, mint, basil, and ¼ cup of the feta.

Step 3. Top the watermelon salad with the dressing and gently toss to combine.

Step 4. Top with the remaining feta cheese and serve right away.

Step 5. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • You can use Persian cucumbers, or even regular cucumbers, just peel the skin off regular cucumbers as it can be tough.
  • Leave out the ginger if you don’t have it, or don’t care for it.
  • If you’re dairy-free, omit the feta.
  • If you’re vegan, use vegan feta or omit and use maple syrup instead of honey.

This Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Honey-Lime Dressing is special because:

It’s a beautifully refreshing summer bite

It has a perfect balance of flavors: salty, sweet, tart and incredibly fresh

The hint of ginger really sets it apart and is that “something” you can’t quite put your finger on

More Refreshing Summer Salads

Berry Caprese Salad

Celery Chopped Salad with Apricots, Gorgonzola and Pecans (Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

Italian Cucumber and Tomato Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan)

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Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Honey-Lime Dressing (Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

This watermelon salad is quick, delicious and deserves to be on every entertainers table this summer. A gluten free, vegetarian delight, it's refreshing and the taste of sunshine in every single bite. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

For The Honey-Lime Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

For The Watermelon Salad

  • ½ medium watermelon peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 English cucumber, cubed
  • cup mint leaves, chopped
  • cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions 

  • Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the ginger, honey, juice from one lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. Taste it, the lime juice should be coming through, so add the second lime if needed. Set aside.
  • Make the Salad: In a large serving bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, mint, basil, and ¼ cup of the feta.
  • Top the watermelon salad with the dressing and gently toss to combine.
  • Top with the remaining feta cheese and serve right away.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1812IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Kat Ashmore
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 156
Keyword: Cucumber, Feta, salad, salad dressing, Watermelon
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  1. 5 stars
    so delish! I’ve made 2X in last week when entertaining and it was a smash hit. super EZ, great summer flavors – thanks Kat!