5 from 4 votes

The Ultimate Watermelon Cucumber Salad

 June 26, 2023

Your new favorite way to eat watermelon has arrived. This is THE Ultimate Watermelon Cucumber Salad, and it’s everything that you could have dreamed of and more. It’s full of juicy summer watermelon, crunchy Persian cucumbers, tangy feta cheese, and chopped pistachios for a delightfully nutty twist. And, it’s topped with a thick, zesty dressing that truly makes this salad taste like summer. I make this salad every summertime for my family, and now your family can enjoy it too!

A bowl of the watermelon cucumber salad, sitting one a countertop with a pair of serving utensils sitting inside of the bowl

Friends, of all of the different summertime ingredients that we have to work with, one of my all-time favorites is watermelon. They’re fresh, they’re juicy, they’re hydrating, and there are so many different ways to enjoy them! From my favorite watermelon sticks to my watermelon frosé, there is truly no wrong way to prepare watermelon. But when it comes to the BEST preparation? It has to be this salad!

This salad is one that I’ve been making for my family for years, and I’m so excited to finally share it with YOU. It’s bright and refreshing thanks to the mint and red onion, slightly spicy thanks to the jalapeño, and perfectly tangy and crunchy thanks to the cucumber, pistachios, and feta cheese. It’s the perfect combination of textures and flavors, and even my boys love eating it!

Even though summer has barely started, I’ve already made this salad a handful of times, and it’s one that I can’t wait to take with me to all of my summer hangouts. Whether that’s to a classic summer BBQ or a picnic in San Francisco with my boys, this salad is a staple recipe during the summertime and is perfect when served as a side dish, or as a main course!

What You Need to Make This Ultimate Summer Salad

  • Watermelon: Of course, you will need the perfect watermelon in order to make this salad!
  • Persian Cucumbers: I love using Persian cucumbers for this salad, because they are small, crunchy, and delicious. However, traditional English cucumbers also work well for this recipe- just be sure to dice them small.
  • Red Onion: Red onions are tangy and full of flavor! If you really want to take this salad to the next level, you could also opt for pickled red onions here.
  • Mint: Fresh mint adds brightness and flavor that tastes so good with the watermelon! Don’t skip this and I also don’t recommend opting for dried. Fresh is truly the best here.
  • Jalapeño: The jalapeño adds just enough of a kick to add a deeper flavor to this salad, but not enough that it becomes overly spicy. However if you do want a spicier salad, you can always add more in!
A jar, filled with the dressing for this watermelon cucumber salad, with a spoon sitting inside of the jar
Next, add all of the dressing ingredients to a small jar and whisk until fully combined.
  • Feta Cheese: Feta cheese is salty, tangy, and perfectly compliments the sweetness of the watermelon.
  • Pistachios: If you love crunchy toppings in salads (like I do), then you will love the addition of pistachios in this recipe! They add a dose of healthy fats, as well as provides that much-needed crunch (which is essential, if you ask me ☻.)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Olive oil is my favorite ingredient to use to make salad dressings. It’s full of healthy fats and adds a delicious flavor that other oils just can’t replicate.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup: You can use either honey or maple syrup in order to add sweetness to this dressing! Both work equally as well, and make the dressing sweet without adding in refined sugars.
  • Lime & Lemon: You will need both the zest and the juice of one lemon and one lime in order to make this recipe.
  • Sea Salt: A pinch of sea salt adds the perfect flavor to the dressing!

Five Easy Steps to Making This Salad

To make this salad, start by washing and chopping your watermelon and Persian cucumbers and add them to a large bowl. Next, add in the rest of your salad ingredients and set the bowl to the side.

Then, in a separate small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until fully combined. The dressing will be super thick, but that’s how we want it!

Finally, pour the dressing on top of the salad and toss until everything is fully coated in the dressing. Once done, serve and enjoy! Store any leftovers in a container, in the fridge, for up to three days.

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** Photography by Gayle McLeod
A bowl of the watermelon cucumber salad, sitting one a countertop with a pair of chopsticks sitting inside of the bowl

The Ultimate Watermelon Cucumber Salad

5 from 4 votes
Nicole Modic
SERVES 6 Servings
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Your new favorite way to eat watermelon has arrived. This is THE Ultimate Watermelon Cucumber Salad, and it's everything that you could have dreamed of and more. It's full of juicy summer watermelon, crunchy Persian cucumbers, tangy feta cheese, and chopped pistachios for a delightfully nutty twist. And, it's topped with a thick, zesty dressing that truly makes this salad taste like summer. I make this salad every summertime for my family, and now your family can enjoy it too!

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 4 Cups Watermelon cubed
  • 6 Persian Cucumbers sliced
  • ½ Red Onion thinly sliced
  • ½ Bunch Mint chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno seeds removed and chopped
  • ½ Cup Feta Cheese crumbled
  • ½ Cup Pistachios chopped

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Lime zested and juiced
  • 1 Lemon zested and juiced
  • ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions

  • To make this salad, start by washing and chopping your watermelon and Persian cucumbers and add them to a large bowl.
  • Next, add in the rest of your salad ingredients and set the bowl to the side.
  • Then, in a separate small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until fully combined.
  • Finally, pour the dressing on top of the salad and toss until everything is fully coated in the dressing.
  • Once done, serve and enjoy! Store any leftovers in a container, in the fridge, for up to three days.

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  1. I had this recipe saved for so long and finally had all the ingredients today so pulled out this recipe to make it for the first time. DELICIOUS! I ate the whole bowl by myself ; my stomach is so full. I could not stop eating this ! It’s a medley of sweet and salty, crunchy and wet , great texture and flavor. I used herbed feta curds from the Farmers Market and it was wonderful. So colorful too ! Thank you for sharing the recipe !

    • Wow! Pam, I am so very happy to hear this – this is exactly why I share these recipes!! Thank you so much for making this recipe and for leaving such a kind review!

  2. 5 stars
    Summer must have recipe. Watermelon season must try, and once you try it you will make it again and again. Love the combo sweet, salty, tangy, crunchy, 🥒 spicy 🌶️ hits so many notes 🎶 you will start singing 🎶 when you try it and your family and friends will sing too.

    • Isn’t it so fun?! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed this recipe, Kathie! Thank you so much for your review!