A refreshing watermelon balsamic salad with cucumbers, arugula, and feta cheese. It’s the perfect salad to enjoy on a hot summer day!

Or to serve as a side dish alongside our 30-Minute Cilantro Lime Chicken.

Watermelon balsamic salad with arugula and feta is something I could not get enough of on a trip to South Carolina. 

The combination of cold juicy watermelon with salty feta and sweet balsamic glaze is such a surprisingly pleasant flavor. It’s very refreshing and light too! 

The key to this salad is to chill the watermelon. I usually cut it up into cubes, chill it in the refrigerator, and then toss it with the rest of the ingredients.

I also like to add a light sprinkle of kosher salt before serving. It totally makes the watermelon flavor pop!

All About Watermelon

Best Month to Buy Watermelon? Watermelon season runs from May to September. The exact range depends on where you live. A good place to start is your local farmer’s market. Local watermelons tend to be sweeter and fresher than imports.

How to Pick Watermelon? To pick the juiciest, sweetest melon, look for firm melons that smell sweet on the ends. A single yellow splotch is a sign of ripeness, but avoid melons with many splotches.

How to Make Watermelon Last Longer? Store whole melons at room temperature for 7 to 10 days. Once you slice it, stash extras in the fridge for about 3 days, covered. Don’t forget to wash it first!


This salad is beyond easy to make. It requires only 5-ingredients! So you can easily whip up a bowl to enjoy on the patio or by the pool. 

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumbers
  • Arugula
  • Feta Cheese
  • Balsamic Glaze

The watermelon salad dressing is simply balsamic glaze, which is balsamic vinegar, and some type of sweetener reduced until thick syrupy consistency.

You can make the balsamic glaze yourself or save time and pick up a bottle at the store. 

ingredients for watermelon salad

How to Make Watermelon Balsamic Salad

To make the salad have your watermelon chopped and chilled. It tastes the best when the watermelon is cold.

  • In a large salad bowl, toss the watermelon, cucumbers, and arugula together.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze. (As much as you like.) Add feta and sprinkle of kosher salt. Enjoy immediately! 
step by step on how to make watermelon cucumber feta salad

What Goes with Watermelon Salad?

Watermelon and cucumber salad is delicious on its own to enjoy as a light salad or even snack.

But it’s also a great side salad to bring to cookouts and get-togethers. Just make sure to make a double batch! It serves well with these summer main dishes:

close up of watermelon and cucumber salad

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watermelon cucumber salad recipe

Watermelon Balsamic Salad

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chop
  • Cuisine: American


Refreshing salad with watermelon, cucumber, arugula, feta, and balsamic glaze. It’s a delicious combination of ingredients that will leave you craving more! 


Units Scale
  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, cut into cubes and chilled
  • 1 cup English cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Balsamic Glaze, homemade or store-bought
  • Kosher salt


  1. In a large salad bowl, gently toss the chilled watermelon with cucumbers and arugula.
  2. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, to taste. Top with feta cheese and season with salt. Serve immediately.


  • Balsamic Glaze is reduced balsamic vinegar with some type of sweetener. You can make your own or pick up a bottle at the store.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 75
  • Sugar: 10.3 g
  • Sodium: 88.7 mg
  • Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.9 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.3 mg