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Watermelon Salad Recipe

This amazing watermelon salad recipe is supremely refreshing all summer long! It’s a crazy-easy and fun spin on summer fruit salad. Perfect for all those picnics and cookouts, coming right up. 

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Calling all self-proclaimed watermelon fanatics: we’ve got the boss of all fruit salads for you today.

If you love all things watermelon, you’ll be all in with this refreshing summer watermelon salad recipe.

If you’ve enjoyed watermelon salad before, you already know all about its tempting virtues. If you’ve yet to try it, tarry no longer. Watermelon salad is a big burst of summer goodness in every bite – sweet, juicy, tangy, and crispy. Plus just enough zing to liven up your plate and bring you back for more.

Serve this refreshing watermelon salad at your next cookout, along with a batch of yummy Watermelon Margaritas for the best summer gathering, pretty much ever.

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tips for your watermelon salad:

  • Start off with the sweetest, crispiest, ripe watermelon you can get your hands on. This is the trickiest part of entire watermelon salad recipe, because the salad itself is super easy. If picking a great watermelon is a mystery, learn how we consistently pick the best watermelon every time.
  • Make sure your yellow tomatoes are fresh and sweet. If you can’t source yellow tomatoes, you can certainly use the little orange or cherry tomatoes.
  • Get only the freshest basil; if you’re lucky enough to grow basil in your garden, you’re in business. If you prefer, you can use fresh mint leaves.
  • Use only freshly squeezed lime juice. No bottled lime juice here.

how to serve watermelon salad:

Watermelon salad is amazing at any summer gathering you can dream up. It’s perfect next to BLT Burger with Roasted Garlic Mayo or your favorite burgers ‘n brats scenario.

It’s a stunning accompaniment to Garlic Marinated Ribeye Steaks plus all the steaks in the world. You get the idea…anytime it’s grill time, it’s watermelon salad time.

This watermelon salad is also a deliciously cooling and healthy snack on a warm afternoon. Important: keep watermelon salad tightly sealed and chilled until ready serve. It’s also best to enjoy watermelon salad shortly after tossing it together.

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Watermelon salad
commonly asked questions

Can I make this watermelon salad in advance?

Though the vast majority of our recipes can be made in advance, this one isn’t one of them. We recommend enjoying this salad soon after tossing. Keep covered and chilled.

Do I have to use yellow tomatoes?

The yellow tomatoes tend to be extra sweet, but are chosen mainly for color. You’re free to use cherry tomatoes or whatever baby tomatoes are the sweetest ones you can find.

What can I substitute for fresh basil?

If you can’t find fresh basil (or simply don’t prefer it,) try freshly torn mint for a burst of refreshing flavor.

Can I add other fruit to this watermelon salad?

Absolutely! Try adding other melons like honeydew or cataloupe at a 1-1 ratio. We recommend using watermelon as the main fruit, to keep it a watermelon salad 🙂

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Watermelon Salad Recipe

5 from 9 ratings
This amazing watermelon salad recipe is supremely refreshing all summer long! It's a crazy-easy and fun spin on summer fruit salad. Perfect for all those picnics and cookouts, coming right up.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Servings: 6


  • 5 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 ½ cups yellow grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup freshly torn basil leaves
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 TB pure honey
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Combine: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Use rubber spatula to gently fold together until well combined.
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  • Cover and Chill: Cover and chill no more than 1 hour before serving (watermelon salad is best served immediately.)


Watermelon salad will produce excess liquid if it sits too long; it's best served right away. If you must chill for awhile before serving, be sure to lightly toss again before serving.
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.1g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 4.3mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 15.4g
Course: Salad, Side
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Mixing

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    • Danielle

    This looks so good! I absolutely love watermelon and will have to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tami (@ThisMomsDelight)

    My son thinks we need to buy a watermelon everytime he sees one at the grocery store. Now, I will have a new way to enjoy it.

    • Nati

    Thanky for all your tips on how to pick a watermelon! This salad looks amazing I totally be trying it.

    • sveeteskapes

    I am a huge fan of watermelon, they are so perfect for the warm weather now! I can’t wait to make this salad and devour haha.

    • Rachel

    This sounds so interesting! I’ve never heard of this combo before!

    • Amanda

    I can’t get enough of fresh and juicy watermelon. Loving this recipe because it is such a great way to stay hydrated in this summer heat!

    • Cecilia Harvard

    This is making my mouth water and looks so dang refreshing! I’m adding this to our menu next week.

    • Nailil

    This recipe looks delicious. I had never thought to make such recipes with watermelon.


    • Ann F. Snook-Moreau

    Fresh watermelon has always been one of my favorite parts of summer. I’ve never made it into a salad, though!

    • Kayla

    Oh yum yum yum!! This looks so good and refreshing! I’m going to have to make this next week.

    • Jane Davidson | Typically Jane

    This looks absolutely amazing and so fresh! I never would have come up with this combo on my own but it is perfect for the 4th next week!

    • 21flavorsofsplendor

    Yummy! This looks like the perfect addition to any summer bbq.

    • Holly

    Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

    • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    I love watermelon, but I’ve never tried making it into a salad before. Will try this out next time I chance upon a good watermelon at the supermarket. 🙂

    • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    My SIL is OBSESSED with watermelon!!! I need to send her this recipe ASAP!

    • Nancie

    I love this! The colors are so brilliant and fresh. Saved to My Pocket, so I can make it later.

    • Elizabeth O

    I love the idea of watermelon in a salad. It is not something I have tried before but definitely want to give it a whirl this summer. It would make a lovely addition to a garden party.

    • Eileen

    I love watermelon but never thought of turning it into a salad! I’ll have to try this recipe out!

    • kumamonjeng

    Wow, watermelon salad!! I have never experience that! We bought a watermelon every week so I shall give it a go next week because I have already eaten the watermelon this week.

    • Davindra Ramnarine

    That water melon salad looks amazing. I would never have thought to pair it with cherry tomatoes though.

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