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A bowl of watermelon salad with onions, herbs, cheese and nuts.

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

A refreshing Watermelon Salad made with a unique basil and ginger dressing that is bound to be the hit of the BBQ table spread. It's simple to make, and optionally dairy-free.
Servings 6 -8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


For Salad:

  • 1 medium watermelon cubed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese omit for dairy-free
  • 1/4 small red onion finely sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped or chiffonade
  • 4 strips cooked bacon chopped (optional)

For Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil not packed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger


  • In a bowl place cubed watermelon. Drizzle olive oil and sea salt over watermelon.
  • In a small skillet over medium-low heat, toast almonds until golden, but not burned. Let cool.
  • If adding, cook bacon using your desired method (our favorite method is baking it). Let cool.
  • Assemble the salad by adding your sliced onion, optional bacon, feta, almonds, and mint leaves.
  • In a blender, blend dressing ingredients until smooth and drizzle over salad, tasting to ensure you have an amount you desire. If your blender is too large, blend using an immersion blender in a cup.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate if serving later. Best served within a few hours.


Serving size will depend on the size of your watermelon
This recipe was originally published in 2015 and updated with new photographs in 2020.


Serving: 1/6 recipeCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 296mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Lexi