Arugula Watermelon Feta Salad with Your Favorite Fresh Herbs

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Arugula, Feta, Mint or Fresh Herbs | @whiteonrice

Do you have friends or family that have an aversion to mint? We know of a few and it’s always a good reminder to have alternative herbs on-hand for those last minute emergency changes. With Summer at it’s peak, arugula watermelon mint and feta salad is a staple at so many bbq gatherings and Summer potlucks. But we’re also very attentive to our friends who gag when they eat fresh mint, so our watermelon salad version is one that is adaptable to everyones palette. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be making this salad if *you know who* is coming. Seriously, with fresh herbs growing like weeds this time of year, there’s so many other versions of this classic watermelon feta salad to make. The herb possibilities are endless when it comes to adding your own twist this popular watermelon salad.

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Arugula, Feta, Mint or Fresh Herbs | @whiteonrice

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Arugula, Feta, Mint or Fresh Herbs | @whiteonrice

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Arugula, Feta, Mint or Fresh Herbs | @whiteonrice

We’ve tested different versions of this salad with a plethora of different fresh herbs and still can’t narrow down a favorite. Ugh, we have favorite-salad-problems. Fresh basil alone is a fabulous addition and every bite screams summer. How can it not when every market and practically every garden plot has a bush ready to be plucked? Some folks love parsley and literally add it to everything. So there’s a arugula watermelon feta parsley salad version waiting for you parsley lovers. Probably one of our favorites is the version that has everything, literally a ton of fresh herbs. It’s the best version for eaters like us who can’t decide on singling out an herb. The addition of fresh dill is definitely the one flavor that makes our customized version truly unique. Fresh dill is sometimes the forgotten herb and only thought of when you’re grilling seafood. But chopped fresh dill in a salad, on dressing or even grilled food is spectacular.

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Arugula, Feta, Mint or Fresh Herbs | @whiteonrice

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Arugula, Feta, Mint or Fresh Herbs | @whiteonrice

Speaking of garden herbs, all our plants are going bonkers this year from all the rain. Yes, we’re finally out of the drought and the whole garden is coming alive again. We’ll be sharing some updates of our garden, plants, design and more. Stay Tuned!

Happy Summer,

diane and todd

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Arugula, Feta, Mint or Fresh Herbs | @whiteonrice

Watermelon Salad with Arugula, Feta, & Fresh Herbs

Yield: Serves 4-6

Total Time: 15 minutes

Feel free to use whichever herbs you prefer. Our first choice is usually spearmint, however it's nice to change it up every once in a while.


  • about 4 cups (960ml) watermelon chunks (about 1 inch cubes)
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) olive oil
  • zest 1 medium lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60ml)  fresh mint, oregano, basil leaves, parsley or dill, chopped (reserve a few whole leaves for garnish)
  • about 4 ounces (113g) feta cheese
  • 3 cups (about 4oz-113g or 720ml) fresh arugula
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • kosher salt to taste, optional


  1. In large bowl combine olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and mint (or herbs or choice). Stir to combine.
  2. Add watermelon chunks and gently stir to coat the dressing in the watermelon.
  3. Add feta cheese, arugula, black pepper. Gently toss to combine all ingredients. Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed. Serve chilled.
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  1. Sally

    Really nice recipe! Was thinking of swapping lemon juice with balsamic vinegar. Have you tried that before?

    1. Todd & Diane

      We haven’t but it sounds perfect. Enjoy!

  2. Sabrina

    another beautiful dish, thank you for this gardening inspiration! At least for one of those herb garden kits, but in the meantime, love the idea of arugula plus watermelon plus herbs, all with feta (have done feta-watermelon) so thank you for all of this!

  3. Lotte

    Did something like that yesterday. watermelon, tomatoes, red onions, feta, basil, olive oil and balsamico. And it was yummi.
    Now I see this version with arugula, I can’t wait to try that too.
    Watermelon it just fantastic together with a lot of stuff…….

  4. G

    I sticked withmint only and it was gooood. Thank you!

  5. 2pots2cook2

    Oh dear ! We have a heat wave here and this is really perfect timing for such a beauty !

  6. Jessi

    Wow!!!!!! This salad looks so delicious!!! My favorite ingredients in one salad. Definitely going to be a part of my summer diet!!

    1. Todd & Diane

      Thanks Jessi!

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