10 Refreshing Watermelon Salad Recipes


Watermelon is summertime. There isn’t a better fruit to contrast and cut through the hot, muggy weather. It’s commonly eaten in slices, chunks or balls. However, there are many fine recipes that turn the ordinary melon into an extraordinary salad.

From sweet to savory, and everywhere in between, the following watermelon salad recipes are sure to spruce up your summer barbecues!

  1. Tomato and Watermelon Salad
    A sweet and savory salad, this recipe blends tomatoes, watermelon, red onion, red wine vinegar and olive oil.
  2. Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad
    A mix of salty and sweet, this salad mixes ripe watermelon with red onion, limes, feta, parsley, mint, olive oil, black olives and black pepper.
  3. Thai Chicken and Watermelon Salad
    This salad is a brilliant Asian salad that pairs chicken grilled with lemongrass and then tosses it with watermelon and a dressing of chiles, garlic, lime juice and fish sauce.
  4. Cucumber-Watermelon Salad
    Two of the most refreshing ingredients in one mouth-watering salad! Mix your cukes with watermelon and a light tangy dressing.
  5. Grilled Watermelon Salad with Sour Orange & Mint Dressing
    Grilling the watermelon creates amazing caramelized markings that contrast nicely with the savory dressing.
  6. Watermelon Arugula Salad
    Anything from Ina Garten is delicious! Her salad uses a lemony dressing with shaved parmesan.
  7. Roast Prawn & Watermelon Salad
    Another Thai inspired salad featuring delicately roasted prawns in a savory Thai dressing.
  8. Tangy Watermelon Salad
    This is the most savory of all the savory watermelon salads: green onions, red pepper, garlic, ground mustard and pepper!
  9. Southwestern Watermelon Salad
    A mix of watermelon, mangoes, crunchy jicama, cilantro, lime and honey. Mouthwatering!
  10. Watermelon Basil Salad
    Deliciously simple, with only three ingredients. Watermelon tossed with freshly chopped basil and extra virgin olive oil.
  11. BONUS: Simple & Savory Watermelon Salad
    Cubes of fresh watermelon topped with a soft cheese and sprig of mint, then drizzled lightly with olive oil.

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  • Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine June 29, 2012, 7:38 am

    I’ve been too scared to try watermelon as a savory dish, but this is truly inspiring :)

  • Allen Williams June 29, 2012, 3:20 pm

    Savory watermelon dishes can be very tasty, so I say don’t be scared … embrace the challenge ;-)

  • lynn @ the actor's diet June 30, 2012, 3:23 pm

    i tried grilling watermelon for the first time last year and loved it:

    http://theactorsdiet.com/2011/07/23/watermelon-cheeseburgers/

    was slightly freaked out that it reminded me of a portobello mushroom though???

  • Viktor Kovalenko May 23, 2013, 11:55 am

    Wow, Allen! I just randomly came back to your site for summer recipes, and stumbled upon this post about watermelon salads. Thank you very much for this! And happy blogging to you! :-)

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