Summer Watermelon Salad

It’s been so hot lately I really haven’t been in the mood to cook much (and trust me, as a food blogger not cooking is no fun)– so I’ve been enjoying all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies as easy meals. Maybe the heat is a good thing after all since I’m eating lots of healthy stuff haha. This simple watermelon salad has been a delicious staple recently. It’s easy to throw together and it’s the perfect use of abundant summer produce.

Summer Watermelon Salad combines watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, onion and fresh basil with a light vinaigrette. It’s a flavorful combo with both sweet and savory components–and some depth thanks to the onion and tomato.

Next time you have some leftover watermelon (ya know, that last 1/3 of a large melon hanging out in the fridge)– give this healthy and tasty salad a try!

Summer Watermelon Salad

Healthy, refreshing and flavorful salad featuring watermelon, cucumber, tomato, and onion. Slightly sweet and savory. Perfect side dish, appetizer, or healthy lunch. Vegan and refined sugar free.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 72 kcal


  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup white onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, loosely packed, torn
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Cube watermelon and prepare cucumber, tomato, and onion. Combine in a large bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, juice, and salt and pepper.
  • Combine dressing with prepped fruit/veggies and toss thoroughly to coat. Add in basil and toss again.
  • Let salad stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Toss once more just before serving.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container but this salad is best enjoyed within 24 hours.


This salad is best when eaten right away but can be refrigerated overnight. Liquid may pool at the bottom of the bowl but can be tossed back into the salad.


Calories: 72kcal
Keyword Cucumber Watermelon Salad, Summer Watermelon Salad, Watermelon Salad with Basil
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I hope your summer is going well! I definitely have more recipes and travel posts coming soon– our 3 week road trip should provide several posts 🙂 Until then, try this refreshing watermelon salad and stay cool and hydrated!


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