Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Salad

  • Serves

    serves 4


In this summer salad, watermelon is a sweet counterpoint to the briny pungency of feta and olives.


  • 3 cups loosely packed arugula
  • 1 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 cup loosely packed torn mint leaves
  • 1 (2-lb.) piece seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1" cubes
  • 20 kalamata olives, smashed, pitted, and halved
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and julienned
  • 14 small red onion, thinly sliced and soaked in ice water for 30 minutes
  • 4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled (about 1⁄4 cup)
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, halved
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

In a large bowl, toss together the arugula, parsley, and mint. Divide greens between 4 serving bowls or plates.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, toss together watermelon, olives, jalapeño, and onion. Spoon the watermelon mixture, with its juice, evenly over the greens. Sprinkle each salad with some of the feta and drizzle with olive oil. Squeeze 1 lime half over the top of each salad and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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