Watermelon Salad with Cilantro & Feta

Enjoy the taste of summer with this simple Watermelon Salad with cilantro, creamy feta, crunchy pine nuts, and crisp cucumber on a bed of arugula. A drizzle of olive oil and balsamic cream completes this refreshing salad.

Watermelon Salad with Cilantro & Feta

Watermelon season is on! What better way to fill up on water than a sweet and juicy watermelon? This popular combo of watermelon and feta has been around for some time now, and it seems to be here to stay like any good combo. This watermelon salad with cilantro brings this famous duo of ingredients to another level, with roasted pine nuts for crunch, arugula for a slight bitterness and cucumber for extra freshness. The fresh cilantro replaces the usual mint but adds as much vigour to the salad. The dressing consists of a simple extra-virgin olive oil and a balsamic glaze because sometimes more straightforward is better.

The Perfect Salad Theory

Watermelon Salad with Cilantro & Feta

I believe a perfect salad must always contain lettuce of some kind, a fruit, a nut, cheese or yogurt and some juicy tomato or cucumber. This way, you always get a delicious dish filled with nutrients, a mix of textures and many colours. Never sadder, in my book, than a plain lettuce salad.

Kid Friendly

I believe salads are divine! So fresh and healthy if not soaked in dressing. Young kids often find it challenging to dig into a green salad. However, they need to learn to appreciate a good salad. This is why this recipe is so great: the watermelon! No kid can resist a juicy, pink cube of watermelon. Right? If at least they dig in for the watermelon at first, maybe the second time around, they will dig in further, try the cheese, etc. However, I would first keep the cilantro away from the kid’s version because of its strength. So, you’d better omit it for them or start with simple, fresh basil, which would do wonders here, too.

Pine Nuts Toasting

Watermelon Salad with Cilantro & Feta

These tiny nuts are incredible protein-packed gems that transform into a powerhouse ingredient with a touch of toasting. While they may be bland when raw, these little companions burst with a potent nutty flavour once toasted! Therefore, I enthusiastically suggest lightly toasting them before adding them to your Watermelon Salad with Cilantro. There is no need to use a special pan or oil; take any skillet or pan and move it up once in a while until golden.

Variations

Watermelon Salad with Cilantro & Feta

As mentioned earlier, please replace fresh cilantro with mint or basil based on your preferences. I chose arugula for its subtle bitterness and sharpness in this salad, as the watermelon will complement it perfectly! However, if you’re not a fan of arugula, you can easily swap it for your favourite lettuce. Similarly, you can substitute pine nuts with sliced almonds or sunflower seeds for a softer, nutty element. Salads are an art, and you are the artist so that you can customize them to your liking. Your canvas is the watermelon, feta, and cucumbers; the rest is up to you.

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Watermelon Salad with Cilantro & Feta

This Watermelon Salad features fresh cilantro, creamy feta, crunchy pine nuts, and cool cucumber, all atop a bed of peppery arugula. A drizzle of olive oil and balsamic cream adds the perfect finishing touch.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Other
Keyword: arugula, Cilantro, cucumber, feta, healthy, pine seeds, salad, watermelon
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 890kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 100 g feta cheese
  • 1 slice of watermelon cut into small cubes
  • ½ cucumber sliced into small cubes
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp cilantro to taste

Dressing

  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • balsamic cream
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the pine seeds at medium-high heat in a non-stick pan until golden.
  • Assemble the salad.

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Nutrition

Calories: 890kcal | Carbohydrates: 176g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 2794mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 141g | Vitamin A: 13599IU | Vitamin C: 188mg | Calcium: 450mg | Iron: 7mg
Nutrition Facts
Watermelon Salad with Cilantro & Feta
Amount per Serving
Calories
890
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
45
mg
15
%
Sodium
 
600
mg
26
%
Potassium
 
2794
mg
80
%
Carbohydrates
 
176
g
59
%
Fiber
 
10
g
42
%
Sugar
 
141
g
157
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
13599
IU
272
%
Vitamin C
 
188
mg
228
%
Calcium
 
450
mg
45
%
Iron
 
7
mg
39
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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18 Comments

  • Gabby

    What a delicious combination of foods! I’m Definitely giving a try!

  • Simplitty.com

    5 stars
    Great recipe. I love watermelon. I need to try it.

  • Patricia

    5 stars
    This is so bright and fresh for the season! Everyone loved it, and I personally love the added touch of balsamic drizzle. So many wonderful flavor combos!

  • Julie

    5 stars
    This was fabulous! What a tasty summer salad. I made this for a party and it was a hit.

  • Bernice

    5 stars
    I found your recipe right at the perfect time! I had some watermelon to use up, some cucumbers and a house full of visiting family. They all thought this salad was super delicious and it disappeared quickly.

  • Lily

    5 stars
    This is so much better than your standard watermelon feta salad. The addition of cucumbers and cilantro makes it so fresh. The whole family loved it!

    • Marie Breton

      So fresh, usually you see mint but I find mint overpowering. Cilantro is just right to catch the essence of the watermelon.

  • Vanessa

    5 stars
    Such a delicious and refreshing summer salad – I could eat this every day!

  • Asha

    5 stars
    This salad has so many ingredients that I love in it. Such a dreamy blend of flavours! I will be enjoying this all summer.

  • Ardell

    Wow! I love all these amazing ingredients, however how can I lower the calories and carbs? Are there other substitutes that I can make, perhaps with the pine nuts?

    • Marie Breton

      Pine nuts are low carb, they can be in moderation in the Keto diet. They bring very little carb and fat, so maybe just cut on the amount and you are in business.

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