Watermelon Feta Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

We made this refreshing Watermelon Feta Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette while vacationing up in Northern Minnesota. So refreshing and irresistible on a hot summer’s day!Watermelon Feta Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette | An unusual, refreshing and irresistible summer side dish!

Watermelon Feta Basil Salad

This unusual, refreshing summer salad is perfect for your next picnic or potluck. There are numerous varieties of this watermelon dish, some with mint and parsley others with a lime or red wine vinegar based salad dressing. When I was up in Northern Minnesota for a mini family reunion, the cooks in the family gathered in the kitchen and made this delicious version replete with feta, kalamata olives, basil and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Watermelon Feta Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette | An unusual, refreshing and irresistible summer side dish!

Cooking with Family!

Boy did we have a blast cooking together. When I get together with my sisters, we start planning the next meal even before our plates are empty. We took turns at the helm and  had some amazing meals. My aunt, Angela, had a notebook of recipes she had collected over the years. She whipped up a marvelous black bean feta dip that I must recreate. My grandmother’s Ginger Crisps, which I schlepped through TSA from Indianapolis, were doctored up with melted Dove chocolates and the grill was going full time each night when dinner rolled around. This watermelon feta basil salad was so refreshing that I knew it would become a summer tradition.

Watermelon Feta Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette | An unusual, refreshing and irresistible summer side dish!

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Watermelon Feta Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Serves 6 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

A summer salad featuring watermelon, feta, kalamata olives and basil


  • 3 pounds of watermelon, rind removed and cut into bite sized chunks (seedless watermelon is recommended)
  • 4 ounces feta, cubed
  • 3 green onions, sliced (I forgot to add these!)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pits removed and cut in half
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil (chiffonade* or chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Gently toss watermelon, feta, onions, olives and basil in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar and pour over salad. Gently toss.
  3. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper if desired.


Recipe Notes

*To chiffonade basil, roll 2 or 3 basil leaves together like a cigar. Cut into thin slices.
The feta and olives can be quite salty. I did not feel this salad needed salt, so taste before adding any.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 176kcal Calories from fat 90
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 633mg 26%
Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Watermelon Feta Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette for the Greenwood reunion!

With my sisters and Greenwood relatives (my mom’s family!) in Northern Minnesota.


  1. I love salads like this, the sweet watermelon is so good with the salty feta.

  2. How fun that you could all be together and enjoy each other’s company and delicious food. I love this combination of sweet and salty!

  3. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    now this is one refreshing salad!

  4. I love fruity salads. This watermelon salad looks so refreshing and intriguing, Liz. I can tell it tastes so delish.

  5. Aww look at your gorgeous family! What fun – and this must be a delicious salad – because I love watermelon and feta – love the addition of olives – yummy!

  6. This is one of my favourite summer salads! Sweet juicy and salty…a wonderful combo!

  7. What fun you all had in the kitchen cooking up family moments and recipes. I remeber the first time I had this type of salad, I was like “say what?” But once you hve it you are hooked. hmm, never tried adding olives to it though.

  8. Lovely pic of you and your family Liz, how fun to cook with your sisters. Love, love this salad, beautiful color and textures.

  9. What a beautiful family, it looks like you had a wonderful time! This salad looks amazing, I just love the colours! Adding the olives is something I haven’t seen but love it nonetheless!

  10. Sounds like a fun time! And such a fun salad — love any salad that has feta. Such deep flavor, don’t you think? Good stuff — thanks.

  11. Looks so refreshing! Liz, I love the textures and flavor combinations of this yummy watermelon salad! A nice light lunch or dinner sounds great! It’s so nice when all the family gets together, and that you got a picture! <3 That is so awesome!

  12. It looks like you had a wonderful time with your sisters and what a refreshing and tasty salad. It’s pinned and I hope to make before summmer is over,

  13. Lovely salad and so unusual. You still look so gorgeous, Liz! Have a blessed day!

  14. Your family reunion sounds wonderful, Liz! I doesn’t get anymore fun than getting together with your sisters, cooking, eating, and talking about food! Getting together with both of my sisters at the same time is rare because we live so far apart so I cherish every moment. I love watermelon salads. This looks delicious!! Watermelon and feta is a fantastic combination.

  15. Love this refreshing salad for warm summer nights!

  16. Great family photo! This salad looks so refreshing and it would be wonderful to have ripe melons in the upcoming winter.

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