Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad With Mint
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1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar (or balsamic)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or cilantro
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
5 cups cubed seedless watermelon (from 5-lb watermelon)
2 cups seeded and sliced cucumbers
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
Optional: 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese.
Salt and pepper to taste


In one bowl, mix olive oil, vinegar, mint, red pepper flakes, and salt/pepper seasoning. 

In another bowl, combine watermelon, cucumbers, and onions. Add optional feta.

Pour dressing over fruit and vegetables and toss to coat.

Taste and add more salt if needed.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.


Makes 4 servings

Preparation Time

15 Minutes

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Swapped out the rice vinegar

Swapped out the vinegar with undiluted apple cider vinegar and it has a great sour then sweet taste to it. The sugar help to cut the acid and gave the watermelon and cucumber a slight crunch coating.

Try it with bell peppers

Try it with bell peppers. Delicious!

I thought I might take a

I thought I might take a moment to offer up a variation on this. It is as yummy as you might think and simple as can be. It is, simply, watermelon, feta cheese, seeds (I use sunflower; you can use any nuts or seeds you like) and fresh mint. That's it. Chop the melon to bite-sized pieces, crumble in some feta, sprinkle some nuts/seeds/ and chopped mint. DONE! I eat this any time I'm hungry and don't feel like cooking. (bowl size commensurate with appetite!). Cheers!

Question ? What is the actual

Question ? What is the actual reason to use "Feta Cheese" I have tried it several times and prefer almost any other cheese (except Limberger),depending on the application .

It’s probably this salad’s

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That’s a good question. In classic Greek salad, you would combine tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions with olives and feta cheese. They just go together! In this salad, the twist is the watermelon. 

I haven't made this for quite

I haven't made this for quite some time until this week. Wow! I've forgotten just how amazing it is!!!!!

Although I have not yet tried

Although I have not yet tried this delicious sounding salad, may I suggest sprinkling feta cheese over it? I think it will be wonderful.

I did try this, except

I did try this, except substituting basil for the cilantro, and it was yummy!

Looks. Great. I'm going to

Looks. Great. I'm going to make it.

Thanks for the comment

Thanks for the comment Terita. I hope you've had a chance to try it. I would love to hear what you think about it. ALL my friends love it just as much as I do.
Take care, Mark