Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad

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Summer must not end because I want to make this Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad all year long.

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I had quite the indulgent summer.  I ate chips and deli sandwiches, I consumed a lot of ice cream and wine, and I gobbled up cheese like it was soon-to-be-rationed.  All of that, of course, means I’m paying for it now.  Unfortunately, I’m currently avoiding all of the aforementioned stuff like the plague in order to get some of those indulgent pounds off.

Fall is looming ahead, and since jeans and boots are my everyday wear in chilly weather, it’s time I fit into those jeans again!  So, I’m eating stuff like this watermelon feta arugula salad which is totally fine because this this salad makes me very happy.

blue and white bowl filled with watermelon, feta and arugula salad

Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad:

Baby arugula is the green of choice in this salad.  I personally love the slightly peppery flavor of arugula, but if you’re a hater then you can totally substitute mixed greens.  Watermelon is the best with its natural sweetness.  And when you pair it with salty feta cheese, it’s even better.

How to Pick a Ripe Watermelon

  • Pick it up and pat the belly of the melon. A ripe melon will produce a deep, hollow sound. Under-ripe melons will sound more like a dull thud. The surface of the melon should be hard and firm.
  • Watermelons develop a yellow spot at the place they rested on the ground while growing. When they are ripe and ready to eat, the spot will turn a a brighter yellow. The brighter the spot, the longer the melon stayed on the vine sweetening up.

overhead shot close up of watermelon feta salad in a blue and white bowl

Toasted pine nuts and a simple vinaigrette finish off the salad.  It’s perfect for bringing to end-of-the-summer barbecues because it’s so easy to make, and it’s one that everyone will love.  You might be surprised how many people will ask you for the recipe.

How to toast pine nuts:

To toast the pine nuts, heat a skillet to medium. Add the pine nuts to the pan and stir often until they begin to turn golden. Remove the pine nuts to a bowl or a paper towel to cool.

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Make this salad this summer, and you’ll want to make it again and again. It’s so good. Enjoy!

Here are a few more watermelon salad recipes you might enjoy:

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Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad

The best of the summer salad recipes!
5 5 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 172kcal
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword arugula, feta cheese, salad, watermelon



  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 5 ounces baby arugula (6 handfuls)
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (see Recipe Notes below)



  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and vinegar. Whisk in the olive oil slowly. Add salt and pepper, to taste.


  • In a large bowl, toss the arugula with the watermelon. Add the vinaigrette (as much as you'd like, to taste), and toss. Sprinkle in the feta cheese and pine nuts and gently toss again. Serve immediately.


  • *To toast the pine nuts, heat a skillet to medium. Add the pine nuts to the pan and stir often until they begin to turn golden. Remove the pine nuts to a bowl or a paper towel to cool.
  • Goat cheese may be substituted for feta. Mixed greens may be substituted for the arugula.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1028IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg | Blue WW Smartpoints: 5 | Green WW Smartpoints: 5 | Purple WW Smartpoints: 5
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  • Amybeth Hurst wrote:

    Had this over the summer, and then again with the last of the watermelon, and it’s always such a huge hit. Amybeth Hurst, Portland, ME

  • Amybeth Hurst wrote:

    Oh wow! This is such cheerfully light recipe and we devoured it! Thank you. Amybeth Hurst, Portland, ME

  • Matea wrote:

    I’m craving watermelon right now! Need to get some more before the season ends!

  • Joanne wrote:

    I definitely fell a little bit in love with the watermelon and feta combo this year. Such a great salad to curb some of that summer indulgence!

  • Amanda wrote:

    I love everything about this!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche wrote:

    Watermelon and feta is one of those wonderfully weird flavour combinations.. loving the look of this salad. Definitely need to recreate the recipe!

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence wrote:

    Such a lovely salad Lori!!

  • Kelly – Life Made Sweeter wrote:

    Love this salad Lori! Arugula is one of my favorite greens and it sounds amazing with the pretty watermelon and feta!

  • Suzanne @ Flour Arrangements wrote:

    Looks like a fabulous combination of flavors! Looking forward to giving this a try!

  • DessertForTwo wrote:

    I’m so into this!

  • Millie | Add A Little wrote:

    Love the flavour combination in this – sweet, creamy and peppery?! Yum!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. wrote:

    This is my kind of salad! Arugula is one of my favorite greens and I adore feta and watermelon!

  • Gina wrote:

    My family will love this Lori – looks gorgeous!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    I have half of a huge watermelon in my fridge. I think I know what to do with it! This salad sounds fabulous!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks wrote:

    I had quite an indulgent summer too but more of the liquid variety 🙂 It sure was fun from what I remember 🙂

    I posted a watermelon recipe today because I over-bought watermelon. Normally that’s impossible for me but I really bought a monster! I wish I still had some left b/c this salad looks awesome! Pinned!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness wrote:

    I have been seeing a lot of feta/watermelon pairings and have been dying to try it. I had a particularly indulgent summer as well…so maybe I need to follow your lead! Looks awesome Lori! Pinned!