Nothing says summer like a juicy wedge of watermelon, but did you know it can also be the star in a salad? Tossed with sweet strawberries, crunchy cucumbers, salty feta cheese, and fragrant fresh mint, this colorful Watermelon and Strawberry Salad may look and taste fancy but it’s surprisingly easy to make.
Summer is supposed to be carefree. Right? So take a break from cooking three meals a day, and enlist your kids to prep this salad from start to finish. Assign simple tasks like slicing strawberries in half, cutting the watermelon into cubes, ripping the mint leaves, and squeezing lime juice on top of the salad.
I adore the addition of diced cucumber in this salad, though I prefer English cucumbers since they have fewer seeds and a tender and mild flavored skin. There’s no need for peeling.
Watermelon contains an antioxidant called, lycopene, which research shows may lower prostate cancer risk. Strawberries (8 to be exact) contain as much vitamin C as an orange. And as you may know, vitamin C is important for a healthy immune system.
This salad serves four. It’s ideal for cookouts and picnics, and is pretty flexible. Consider adding blueberries, a handful of fresh basil, or grilled halloumi cheese instead of feta.
My feta cheese was very crumbly!
- ⅛th seedless watermelon
- 1½ cups strawberries, (12 to 15)
- 4-inch piece English cucumber, cut into quarters lengthwise and then ½-inch pieces
- ¾ loosely packed cup fresh mint leaves, ripped into pieces
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 green onion, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal into ½-inch pieces
- 1 lime, juiced
- Drizzle of honey
- Slice the watermelon into ¾-inch cubes (about 2½ cups). Place in a large bowl. Wash, dry, and remove the stems from the strawberries. Slice large berries into quarters and smaller berries in half, and place in the bowl. Add the diced cucumber, mint leaves, feta, green onion, lime juice, and honey.
- Stir gently to combine, and serve with a second drizzle of honey as desired.
What are your favorite summer salads?