Grilled Watermelon Salad Recipe

With feta cheese, mint, basil, and onion, this savoury Grilled Watermelon Salad is sure to become your new favorite summer salad.

We’re busting two myths today about watermelon, including the notion that it was only meant for eating raw:

Because when watermelon is cooked with a little salt and pepper and then mixed with a large number of savory summer ingredients, a masterpiece is the result.

If you’ve never tried a savory watermelon recipe before, you need to get on it. We’re cooking up a Grilled Watermelon Salad with salty feta and peppery arugula. It’s all the healthiness of watermelon and all the flavor of a meal!

To assemble the salads, put about 1/4 cup of baby arugula on a serving plate, followed by a grilled slice of watermelon in the center, and top with a tablespoon of crumbled cheese and another 1/4 cup arugula. Add another watermelon slice and another tablespoon of cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Side Dish Recipe: Grilled Watermelon Salad by Everyday Gourmet with Blakely

Grilled Watermelon Salad 🔗

This savory Grilled Watermelon Mint Salad is packed with feta cheese, mint, basil, and onion. It’s zingy/creamy, sweet/savory, and is bound to be the summer salad of your dreams/life.

Prep: 10min

Total: 20min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 1 serving, calories 162 kcal, Carbohydrate 13.5 g, Protein 4 g, Fat 11.3 g, Cholesterol 17 mg, Sodium 362 mg, Fiber 1.1 g


  • ¼ medium watermelon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (30 mL, divided)
  • 2 cups arugula (30 g)
  • ½ cup crumbled or cubed feta cheese (95 g)
  • ½ cup sliced red onion (about ½ of an onion)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (5 mL)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp each salt and pepper


  1. Cook Watermelon: Cut watermelon into 1 inch (2 ½ cm) thick slices and remove the rind. Brush watermelon with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil. In a grill pan, saute pan, or on the grill, cook watermelon at medium/high heat until char lines develop and watermelon lightly browns, about 3 minutes each side. Remove from heat and chop into large chunks.
  2. Assemble: In large bowl, gently combine watermelon, arugula, feta, red onion, mint, and basil. Whisk together remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil, balsamic (more to taste), mustard, salt, and pepper. Gently combine with the rest of the salad. Serve warm or chilled.


What does Grilled Watermelon taste like?

The grill will help caramelize the sweetness of watermelon and give it a slightly smoky flavor in just a few minutes, in addition to giving you some lovely char marks!

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