Watermelon Basil Salad

If you’re looking for a refreshing and vibrant salad that’s ready in just 10 minutes, you’ll love this recipe for Watermelon Basil Salad.

It’s the perfect side dish for a summer BBQ that’s guaranteed to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

Top view photo of a large glass bowl filled with Watermelon Basil Salad. There are watermelon quarters at the top of the photo and basil and feta cheese  in bowls at the bottom of the photo.

Why This Watermelon Basil Salad Recipe is So Good

  • Sweet and Tangy – Watermelon Basil Salad is a delightful combination of sweet and tangy flavors that create a satisfying experience. The juicy watermelon provides a burst of natural sweetness and is complemented perfectly by the tangy balsamic vinegar dressing. Kale Apple Slaw is another sweet and tangy side dish we think you’ll love.
  • Perfect Balance of Flavors – The addition of feta cheese in this salad adds a creamy and salty element, while the cucumber and red onion provide a pleasant crunch. Homemade dressing brings all the flavors together and adds a zesty kick.
  • Easily Doubled For Large Gatherings – Doubling Watermelon Basil Salad recipe is a breeze, making it ideal for larger gatherings. You can easily scale up this recipe without sacrificing the flavors or the balance of the ingredients. Just ensure you have a spacious bowl to mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Light and Refreshing – This salad is incredibly refreshing due to the high water content of the watermelon, which helps quench your thirst and provides a cooling effect. That makes this salad a perfect choice for hot summer days. And if you love summer salads as much as we do, you’ll love this Polish Cucumber Salad recipe.

Tips and Tricks for Making Watermelon Basil Salad

  • Choosing the Right Watermelon: Look for a ripe watermelon that feels heavy for its size and has a deep, hollow sound when tapped. A ripe watermelon should have vibrant green skin and firm, juicy flesh.
  • Customize This Salad: Feel free to get creative with this recipe. One idea is to add honeydew or cantaloupe to this salad, for more complexity in flavor and a vibrant and colorful presentation. With the dressing, a couple of interesting swaps might include maple syrup to replace the honey, or apple cider vinegar to replace the balsamic vinegar. Let us know below what fun ideas you come up with!
  • Serving Suggestions: Watermelon Basil Salad is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own as a light and refreshing snack or served as a side dish alongside grilled veggies, or with pitta bread, quinoa, or rice.
  • Storage Tips: The salad will keep well in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Closeup photo of Watermelon Basil Salad in a glass bowl.

More Delicious Side Dish Recipes

This salad would also be incredible tossed with some red wine vinaigrette.

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Closeup photo of Watermelon Basil Salad in a glass bowl.

Watermelon Basil Salad

Yield: Approx. 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

If you're looking for a refreshing and vibrant salad that's ready in just 10 minutes, you'll love this recipe for Watermelon Basil Salad. It's the perfect side dish for a summer BBQ that's guaranteed to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups watermelon (diced into cubes)
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh basil (chopped)
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cucumber (diced)
  • ¼ small red onion (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of a lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Add the honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, salt, and pepper to a small bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Add the watermelon, basil, feta, cucumber, and red onion to a large mixing bowl. Pour over the dressing.
  4. Toss the salad with your hands or two wooden spoons to combine.

Notes

  • The salad will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • This salad is great served alongside other grilled veggies, or with pitta bread, quinoa, or rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g

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