Watermelon Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Watermelon Feta Salad is fresh, juicy and drizzled with a delicious balsamic reduction. It’s made in just 15 minutes!

Watermelon feta salad in a white bowl.

Random fact about me: when it comes to fruits or veggies for snacks, I’m a fruit girl. Sure, I love carrot sticks and would eat them to no end, but fruits are where it’s at. That’s probably why I’m currently eating another serving of my quinoa stone fruit salad as I’m typing this. It’s not just because fruits are sweet, but they’re just so cute. Shallow? Maybe. But fruits also scream summer and are so hard to resist. For example, does this Watermelon Feta Salad above not scream summer to you?!

It certainly did to me. Every last bite.

Cubed watermelon on a chopping board.

 I’ll admit, while I really enjoyed making this Watermelon Feta Salad, it was really, really hard not to eat every juicy cube of watermelon. I mean just look at those cubes!! Watermelon is so irresistible, but trying it in this salad totally gave me new perspectives on ways to use this amazing berry.

Watermelon Feta Salad is pretty straight forward in terms of flavours and ingredients. Watermelon, almond feta, basil, salt, pepper, lime and balsamic reduction. The sweet and tanginess of it all works so well that I wonder why this isn’t served at every single backyard get together. It’s refreshing, perfectly juicy (how many times can I say that in one post), sweet, tangy, and a real crowd pleaser.Watermelon feta salad on a white dish with a blue spoon on the side.

Probably my favourite part of this salad is how easy it is to make. I mean, you literally make the balsamic reduction, then mix everything together. 10 of the 15 minutes is for the balsamic reduction to boil then thicken, but promise me you’ll make it. It is SO worth it, and pulls everything together.


Overhead shot of watermelon feta salad on a white dish with a bowl of cubed watermelon on the side.

This would also work so well at a Labor Day party since summer is winding down (*tears*) and is perfect when made fresh. I did have it two days afterwards and it was great, but it is definitely better when it’s fresh, and since it’s so easy you can definitely put it together as your guests are arriving. Or you can have a one person party, I do it all the time.

The next time I make this I’ll definitely be adding in some blackberries and blueberries for both colour and taste differences. You could easily swap the basil for mint, but as I mentioned before basil is kind of my new BFF. Either way will taste delicious, that’s for sure.

Watermelon feta salad on a white plate drizzled with balsamic.


P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:


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Watermelon feta salad on a white plate with balsamic drizzle.

Watermelon Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction

This Watermelon Feta Salad is fresh, juicy and drizzled with a delicious balsamic reduction. It's made in just 15 minutes!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Course Salads
Cuisine American
  • 1/2 watermelon about 4 cups, cubed
  • 4 ounces almond feta crumbled or tofu feta
  • 1/4 cup basil in chiffonade
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lime

Balsamic Reduction (you can store the rest):

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • Mix the watermelon, feta, and basil in a bowl.
  • Grind the sea salt and ground black pepper over it to season, and squeeze the lime over.
  • Gently stir together to combine.
  • Drizzle with balsamic reduction.

Balsamic Reduction

  • In a pot over medium high heat, heat all the ingredients and stir. Watch carefully - the glaze should begin to thicken after 5 minutes and you want it thick enough to stick to the back of a spoon, but not to thicken into a glob. It becomes very thick very quickly so watch carefully.
  • Once glaze has thickened, remove from heat.
  1. .This recipe is vegetarian and gluten free.
  2. 2.HOW TO STORE Store in an airtight tupperware container for up to 2 days. This salad tastes best when fresh.
  3. 3.NOTES
    You’ll end up with extra balsamic reduction, but you can drizzle it on sandwiches, pizzas, tostadas and just about anything.


Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 1331mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 6560IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 4mg

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by Jessica



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  1. I agree with you…I’m all about the fruit, too! This salad looks gorgeous, Jessica! I love the feta and balsamic in here. Sounds so perfect for summer!

  2. tonya conteh says:

    TEAM FRUIT GIRLS! Watermelon is amazing it hydrates and flushes out toxins at the same time! Now, I follow you on Snapchat, let’s just say what happens in Brazil stays in Brazil! 🙂 Pinned!

  3. I loveeee watermelon salads!! They are just so good – the sweet & savory is just the absolute best! I wish I was having this for dinner!

  4. Marianna says:

    I tried this with onion added and it was delicious.

    • Jessica says:

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed Marianna and love your changes!!

  5. At firstI wasn’t sure how I felt about this. I thought it was a little weird but I have to admit that it does look pretty good. I think it’s the perfect meal for a hot day. My girlfriend will love this for sure!

  6. Lydia says:

    5 stars
    This salad was great! I feel like this is a great way to breathe new life into the watermelon when you get down to the last of it and you’ve been eating it for days already. The balsamic reduction was really easy to make and the whole thing was so simple! Perfect for when you don’t feel like turning on the oven during the summer to do any heavy cooking.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Lydia! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!

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