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How to Make Watermelon Salad Three Ways

Updated on October 6, 2017
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Audrey is a cook who loves finding new recipes but tweaking them to a healthier alternative.

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Healthy Recipes - Watermelon Salad

I actually had never heard of watermelon salad until a year or so ago and then came across a recipe for it in my favorite magazine, Cooking Light. I decided to just give it a try and discovered, much to my surprise, that it was absolutely delicious.

One great thing about watermelon salad is that it gives me an opportunity to use some of my overabundance of mint leaves! It seems no matter how many times I try and contain this herb in my garden, it just keeps overflowing and growing and growing.

That aside, watermelon salad is a wonderfully light and delicate change of pace from the usual summer salads that I make and one that everyone seems to enjoy. There are many variations and I decide to include all 3 of my favorites since they are all so good! As you can tell, there are many, many more possibilities as well as these recipes.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Grapes

Makes 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup salad and 2 teaspoons cheese)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled seedless cucumber
  • 2 cups (1-inch) cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 cups halved red grapes
  • 3/4 cup peeled, cubed Asian pear (about 1 pear)
  • 1/2 cup non-fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Combine 4 fruit ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Combine sour cream, honey, rind, juice, and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour sour cream mixture over fruit mixture; toss slightly to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 118 (34% from fat)
Fat: 4.4g (sat 2.8g,mono 0.5g,poly 0.1g)
Protein: 3.1g
Carbohydrate: 18.5g
Fiber: 2.1g
Cholesterol: 17mg
Iron: 0.4mg
Sodium: 130mg
Calcium: 91mg

Watermelon Salad with Spinach, Strawberries and Cucumber

Makes 5 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 cups torn spinach
  • 4 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups (1-inch) watermelon balls
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion, separated into rings

PREPARATION

  1. Combine honey through the salt (7 ingredients) in a bowl; stir well with a whisk. Set aside.
  2. Combine spinach and remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss a bit to coat.
  4. Serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 72 (13% from fat)
Fat: 1.8g (sat 0.4g,mono 0.8g,poly 0.4g)
Protein: 2.8g
Carbohydrate: 12.2g
Fiber: 3.8g
Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Iron: 2mg
Sodium: 46mg
Calcium: 74mg

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Watermelon Salad with Mint and Red Onion

Makes 12 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup salad and about 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 4 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled (or substitute other similar cheese)

PREPARATION

  1. Combine onion and juice in a medium bowl; let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Add watermelon, olives, parsley, and mint.
  3. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 46 (47% from fat)
Fat: 2.4g (sat 0.9g,mono 1.3g,poly 0.2g)
Protein: 1.2g
Carbohydrate: 5.5g
Fiber: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 4mg
Iron: 0.3mg
Sodium: 136mg
Calcium: 34mg

Summing It Up

If you are looking for a unique summer salad that is light and flavorful, try one of these 3 watermelon salads.

Also feel free to interchange the ingredients - I routinely add red onions to my watermelon salads no matter which one I'm making and I do the same with mint because it just tastes so good together.

Be creative and discover what other fruits, cheeses, etc. you can add to watermelon salads - another personal favorite not listed here is to add raspberries. It makes a delicious addition to a watermelon salad. Most of all, enjoy the bounty of summertime fruit!

© 2010 Audrey Kirchner

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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for visiting Joanne, Natasha and PhD--enjoy~!

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      These are excellent recipes and the watermelon with grapes and feta is a must do for me. That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing these.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I love fruits and I love feta so I know I have to try this!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      We love watermelon. What great ideas! Terrific Hub. Sharing.

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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Ruchira--it is absolutely fabulous--my favorite is the feta cheese and watermelon salad~ Delish and so refreshing!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Seriously, gotta try this Akirchner. Never heard of it until now.

      Looks delish :) Thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Carol - that's what I did too but then one day I happened on a recipe for watermelon with mint and feta - OMG - I was just lost! Hope you like it.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love watermelon and usually bring one home, cut it up and munch throughout the day..However, I like this idea and I am curious to see how it is all going to taste. I will report back.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping by iZeko - it really is delicious!

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      Never thought of mixing watermelon with onions but it sounds interesting.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much for stopping in, E.A.! I love most things watermelon!

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      E. A. Wright 7 years ago from New York City

      Watermelon salad is indeed delicious.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      You will love it - which ever recipe you decide on, they are all fabulous~ Or even make up a new one. I never thought to use it in salads but it is so good!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      My oldest daughter loves watermelon, she eats it everyday anyday it's in season. Your healthy watermelong salad sounds great, going to give it a go. Thanks. :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Please do try it - it sounded 'weird' to me at first but it is so delicious - especially if you add mint leaves!

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      I LOve watermelon never had a salad made with it will try recipe

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      I know - pop one or two in the mail for me would ya? I will try and find out if we ever get them but I rather doubt it here in the booming metropolis of Prinetucky. We usually get the little individual melons (which could actually feed 6 people) - too hilarious! I think they are from Meh-hi-ko, however!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie - ya gots to try a GA melon!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      There's always room for cookies, BJ! I wonder if there's a recipe for watermelon cookies! Yuck - even to me, that doesn't sound that all fired splendid!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, Audrey, but I never thought about putting it in a salad. It's always been one of those stand-alone foods to me, like apples or chocolate chip cookies.

      I know, the cookies are out of place, but they are one of my favorite foods. Would I lie to you?

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      T.Elia - thanks so much for commenting!

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      t.elia 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      This looks to be a very interesting combination so Im definately going to try out these watermelon salads.

      Thankyou for sharing this wonderful hub

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      That's my favorite although the pear one is divine as well! Congrats on your win - your hub was awesome!

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Yum! Thanks a lot for sharing these recipes. I think I'm going to try the one with mint and red onion! :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Spanky - No, I haven't - could you pop one into the mail for me?

      Anamika - me, too - but then I saw these recipes a few years ago and decided why not try it - and it was fantastic!

      Mickey - If you have the party, invite me and I will come bearing fruit....watermelon salad.

      Good Guy - thanks for the link - I shall post it above - my son actually makes a wonderful BBQ sauce with the rind, etc. And of course there are watermelon pickles! Thanks for stopping in.

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      Justin Choo 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Do you know watermelon rind can also be eaten? And it's delicious too. I have a hub on this:

      https://hubpages.com/food/Special-recipe

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      These are great party ideas. If I ever have a party I'll include watermelon salad!

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      Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I eat watermelon springled with salt and pepper., but have never thought of water melon salad. Sounds interesting... got to try this!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, have you ever had a real GA watermelon?? Yum!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wanderlust - All 3 of the salads are SO good! Hope you enjoy and am going to make one myself this weekend. I may do the pear one though just for fun.

      Cagsil - I agree - I thought it sounded too weird to be good but as it turns out, it was delish!

      Paul - Thanks so much for dropping in - it is a great salad on a hot day. We get up to about 100-110 late summer and it is perfect.

      Darski - You are right, girlfriend...I'm so tired I'm not sure if I'll make it for another week to be honest! Actually that would be 11 days and the thought is making my head spin and my eyes cross. Thanks for being there and being such a fine supporter~! I would like to get back to writing about SOME other stuff!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Dear Girlfriend, you are writing so much and so perfectly you are plum wearing me out. I am exhausted you are a fire engine running to put out that fire. But I love all your hubs and can't resist, I only hope this watermelon is waiting for me when I finish this hub...LOL rate way up your fan and friend

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      Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Looks like a tasty salad and perfect for a hot summer day.

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      I never considered putting watermelon into a salad. It is an interesting thought though and could be quite good. Thank you again for sharing an interesting idea. It was well written and a great read. :)

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      Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City

      Watermelon and Feta and Onion sounds so good! I am going to try it this weekend! Thank you for the recipe!