Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur

Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur

On the menu today is this Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur flavored with honey and lime vinaigrette, a salad that we have been enjoying for lunch for the last 2 weeks. I love it, because it is so easy to put together with a ton of flavor in every bite. Not to mention, perfect for the season. I know a lot of people have their go-to watermelon salad recipe. I am no different. For a long time, mine was this Watermelon, Avocado, and Mint Salad with Feta Cheese recipe, but this year I thought I could switch things up a little bit and try something new. And I am glad I did, because this recipe is now my go-to watermelon summer salad dish. At least, for now.

Minter Watermelon Salad with Bulgur

Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur

About the recipe:


To make it, I mixed fresh watermelon, cucumbers, and mint with fine bulgur. To cook bulgur, I used my mother’s technique: simply pour boiling water over bulgur (and a pinch of salt) and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. While bulgur was cooking on the counter, I made a quick dressing by whisking together lime zest and juice, honey, and olive oil together. Then I mixed watermelon, mint, bulgur and cucumbers together in a large bowl and drizzled it with the dressing. Since we are not observing a vegan diet, I garnished it with some crumbled feta cheese, but it is still delicious without it, if that is a concern to you. The best part: It all came together in less than 15 minutes.

Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur

I used a melon baller to make the watermelon look pretty, but sliced or cubed watermelon would certainly work as well. However, if you are serving this for a party, people love the visual of cute watermelon balls nested in bulgur and cucumber slices with gorgeous green colored fresh mint. The recipe below serves 4 people, but feel free to double or even triple the recipe, if you are serving this for a crowd.
Either way, this simple salad is such an easy and quick way to please a crowd for any party or just for you for a refreshing summer lunch.

Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur


Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur

Minted Watermelon Salad with Bulgur

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  • Author: Aysegul Sanford
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Salad


  • For the dressing:
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice, freshly squeezed (from 4-5 limes)
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the watermelon salad:
  • 1/2 cup fine bulgur
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups of seedless watermelon, scooped using a melon baller or cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium size cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Flaky salt, for finishing


  1. To make the dressing: Place lime zest, juice, olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper in a jar. Put the lid on and shake until they are all combined. Place it in the fridge while you are prepping the salad ingredients.
  2. To make the salad: Place bulgur and salt in a heatproof bowl. Pour the boiling water over bulgur. Let is sit on the counter until all of the water is absorbed by bulgur.
  3. Place the watermelon balls (or cubes), chopped mint, sliced cucumbers and feta cheese in a large salad bowl. Add in the now-cooked bulgur and give it a gentle stir. Drizzle it with the dressing.
  4. When ready to serve, finish each portion with a pinch of flaky salt (like Maldon salt).


For this recipe to work, make sure you are using fine bulgur.


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