Cucumber & Watermelon with Mint-Basil Dressing

This cucumber and watermelon salad features the classic combination of sweet watermelon and briny feta cheese. Soaking the red onions in lemon juice mellows their bite so they won't overtake the delicate flavors of the dish.

Cucumber Watermelon Feta Salad
Photo: Brittany Conerly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced into rounds

  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • 1 cup torn fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish

  • 1 cup torn fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 small watermelon (about 5 pounds)

  • 1 cup diced English cucumber

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Toss onion slices with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, combine basil, mint, oil, salt, pepper and the remaining 3 tablespoons lemon juice in a mini food processor; process until smooth.

  3. Cut watermelon into 8 half-moon slabs, about 1/2-inch thick; remove rinds. Arrange the watermelon on a platter and top with cucumber and the onion slices. Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with feta. Garnish with more basil and mint, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
9g Fat
16g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 1598IU 32%
Vitamin C 26mg 29%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 32mcg 8%
Vitamin K 44mcg 37%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 329mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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