I love a cool refreshing salad in the summer. If I have been out roasting in the sun all day, nothing cools me down quicker or makes me feel better than a light and refreshing salad. This watermelon feta salad is perfect for those toasty summer days! It’s light on the stomach and is bursting with sweet watermelon, salty feta, and refreshing mint! The lime juice and zest play off the salty feta and rich balsamic vinegar to tie all the flavors together. It’s such a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, and spicy. I like to serve this salad with grilled salmon or shrimp for a complete meal.
Lightly grilling the watermelon helps enhance it’s natural sweetness and looks gorgeous on your plate. My tip for grilling the watermelon is to cut it into thick slices with the rind on and grill it that way. It will make your job easier and prevent the watermelon from falling apart. Once you have a lovely grill on the watermelon, you can cut it into bite sized pieces!
Make sure you pick a ripe watermelon when you make this as it is the star of this salad! Look for one that feels heavy for its size, has a creamy yellow spot on the bottom (this is where it rests on the ground) and when thumped has a deep hollow sound.
Enjoy this refreshing summer salad!!
Grilled Watermelon and Feta Salad
- 1 medium watermelon, cut into thick slices
- 6 cups arugula
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1/2 lime, zested and juiced
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium-high heat. Place watermelon on grill and cook until grill marks appear. Remove watermelon to a cutting board and cut into bite sized pieces. Place one cup of arugula on each plate and top with watermelon, feta, mint, zest, drizzle of lime juice and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately!