I think we can all agree that one cannot talk about the perfect summer salad recipe and forget to mention this Watermelon Avocado Salad. While the combination of sweet watermelon and creamy avocado by itself is out of this world delicious, the addition of feta cheese and fresh mint leaves takes it to a whole new level.
I may even go as far as to tell you that this is the best watermelon salad recipe in the world. Not just because it is made with just a few ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to put it all together, but also because I can’t think of any other salad that embodies the best that summer produce has to offer.
A combination of Mexican and Mediterranean flavors, this fresh watermelon salad is a great way to cool off during the hot summer days. Just like my Avocado Mango Salad, Peach and Avocado Salad, and Quinoa Avocado Salad, it is easy to make with just a few ingredients you probably already have in your fridge.
To make this avocado watermelon salad, you will need ripe avocado, ripe watermelon, a small red onion, fresh mint leaves, and crumbled feta cheese.
For the salad dressing, you will need freshly squeezed lime juice, olive oil, salt and black pepper.
Substitutions and Variations:
- Lemon juice: If you do not have lime juice, you can use lemon juice instead.
- Balsamic vinegar: A splash of balsamic vinegar would be a great addition to the dressing. However, you can also use my Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe as the dressing here.
- Red Onion: While thinly sliced fresh onions work very well here, if you have some, you can swap them with pickled onions. I especially love my Mexican pickled onions in this salad as they pair perfectly with the sweet watermelon.
- Cheese: I took some inspiration from my Mediterranean roots and used feta cheese, but crumbled goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, or torn burrata would all work in this watermelon salad with avocado.
- Cucumber: If you have it, you can also add in a sliced English cucumber to make it even more wholesome.
- Fresh Basil: You can swap fresh basil with mint here, especially if you use fresh mozzarella instead of feta.
How To Make Watermelon Feta Mint Salad with Avocados
This easy summer salad recipe has three folds.
- The Lime Vinaigrette: Made with only 4 ingredients, the salad dressing is made by whisking olive oil with freshly squeezed lime juice and salt and pepper. As I mentioned earlier, you can substitute lime with lemon juice. Both options pair beautifully with the fresh mint and watermelon flavors.
- The Salad: The “salad” portion of the recipe is made with cubed watermelon, ripened avocado, thinly sliced red onion, and crumbled feta. If I am being honest, my mother’s version of this watermelon salad did not include avocado or lime.
- Assemble: Once you have your salad ingredients and vinaigrette ready, all you have to do is to toss them together. To do so, place cubed watermelon and avocado in a large bowl. Drizzle it with the dressing. Give it a gentle toss. Top it off with crumbled feta cheese and garnish with mint leaves.
Whether you serve it for a quick lunch for yourself or for your next summer party, I am confident that this watermelon feta and mint salad recipe is the best one out there.
How To Make Ahead & Store:
Want to serve this watermelon salad at your next family gathering? Follow my notes below on how to make it ahead, and if you have any leftovers, how to store them to enjoy the next day:
- To Make Ahead: You can make this salad a day in advance. Though if you do so, I recommend mixing the dressing, feta cheese, and the rest of the salad ingredients right before serving.
- To Store leftovers: If you have leftovers, feel free to place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They should still be good on the next day.
What To Serve With Watermelon Salad?
While this watermelon salad with feta and mint makes a great summer lunch when served by itself, I think it is also the perfect summer side dish to serve with main dishes. Below are a few of my favorite recipes to serve it with:
- Grilled Meat: I especially love serving it with grilled seafood because its sweet and savory flavors complement the smoky flavors of fish. Try it with my Grilled Mahi Mahi and Grilled Shrimp Skewers.
- Sandwiches, Pizza & Burgers: Serve it with my Chicken Caprese Sandwich, Caprese Pizza, or Guacamole Burgers.
- Roasted Chicken: Make it a whole meal and serve it as a side dish with my Roasted Bone-In Chicken Breasts or Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken.
- With Vegetable Sides: Include it in your next gathering with Mexican Street Corn and Crispy Baked Eggplant.
If you like this recipe, you might also like:
- Watermelon, Cucumber, Feta Salad
- Blueberry Salad
- Apple Salad
- Minty Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie
- Watermelon Gazpacho
- Watermelon Mojitos
- Watermelon and Blueberry Mojito Salad
Need more inspiration to up your salad game? Check out all our easy salad recipes on the blog.
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Watermelon Avocado Salad Recipe
For the Salad
- 4 cups watermelon in 1-inch cubes
- 1 ripe avocado cut into small slices or cubes
- 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh mint chopped
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
For the dressing:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- For the salad: Place watermelon, avocado, red onion slices, and mint in a large salad bowl.
- To make the dressing: Whisk together olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Gently toss to combine.
- If you have the time, cover it with stretch film and let it marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes*.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top.
- The resting time is optional. If you are short on time, you can serve it right away.
- To Make Ahead: You can make this salad a day in advance. If you do so, I recommend mixing the dressing, feta cheese, and the rest of the salad ingredients right before serving.
- To Store leftovers: If you have leftovers, place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They should still be good on the next day.
This post was originally published in 2014. It has been updated with some additional helpful information in July 2021.