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June 28, 2021

Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad

Refreshing and crisp is the best way to describe this easy watermelon cucumber corn salad with crumbled feta. Serve it at picnics and barbecues.

Refreshing and crisp is the best way to describe this easy watermelon cucumber corn salad with crumbled feta. Serve it at picnics and barbecues.

Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad

When it comes to summer fruit, I go for berries first and then stone fruit.

Melon comes in a distant third.

It’s hard for me to get excited about mellow melons like cantaloupe and honeydew.

But things have changed ever since I learned how good melon is when you top it with flaky sea salt and take it to this mix between sweet and savory.

Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad

Even though I am not going to always pick melon for a fruit plate, I am a big fan of watermelon in salads.

Mixed with greens, veggies and dressing, they make fresh and filling summer salads

A favorite of mine is a watermelon peach salad with spicy jalapeno lime vinaigrette. There are so many flavors going on, and they all seem to work together.

And that’s my same approach with this watermelon corn cucumber salad—lots of tastes and textures!

It’s crunchy and fresh and is great for summer picnics and barbecues.

You can’t go wrong with a watermelon cucumber salad especially if that’s a watermelon feta salad with grilled corn.

Again, there’s just something about saltier ingredients and melon.

Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad

How To Pick A Good Watermelon

No matter if you are at a farmers market or the grocery, there are a few things to look for when you are picking out the perfect watermelon.

The fruit should feel heavy for its size.

When you tap a watermelon, the sound should be deep and hollow.

You also should check the field spot. This is the discolored area on the skin where the watermelon sat in the field. It should be creamy yellow. If it’s whiter, the watermelon is not ripe.

Salad ingredients include watermelon, cucumbers, grilled corn & scallions

The Ingredients

This is what you will need for the salad:

  • Watermelon: Do your best to find a beautiful, ripe seedless watermelon. Then cut it into cubes.
  • Corn: Look for ears of corn that are secure in their tight husks because that is a good sign they will have plump kernels.
  • Cucumber: I prefer an English cucumber because it has less seeds than a standard cucumber. 
  • Feta:  Watermelon and feta are a classic combination for a reason.
  • Scallions: When they are thinly sliced, scallions add nice oniony flavor.
  • Cilantro: This watermelon cucumber salad has a limited number of ingredients, so fresh herbs like cilantro are important to the overall dish.
  • Salt & pepper: Not only do I use salt and pepper to season the salad, salt comes in handy to sprinkle on the watermelon to help it release some of its juices.
Combine the watermelon salad ingredients

How To Make A Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad

First, I prep the watermelon. That just involves putting the cubes in a colander and tossing them with kosher salt.

This helps the melon release some of its juices, so the salad doesn’t turn out watery with a bunch of liquid in the bottom of the bowl.

First, I prep the watermelon. That just involves putting the cubes in a colander and tossing them with kosher salt.

This helps the melon release some of its juices, so the salad doesn’t end up with a bunch of liquid in the bottom of the bowl.

Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad

Then I preheat the grill for the corn. I rub the ears with olive oil before putting them on the grates, turning turn every so often, until the corn is lightly charred.

Once the corn is cool enough to handle, I slice the kernels off the cobs.

In a big bowl, I combine the watermelon, corn and cucumbers with the scallions, cilantro, feta, flaky sea salt and pepper.

This is such a simple and delicious watermelon salad with feta. I love serving it as a side dish or salad at summer get-togethers.

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Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-27 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

Refreshing and crisp is the best way to describe this easy watermelon cucumber corn salad with crumbled feta. Serve it at picnics and barbecues.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 English cucumber, diced (about 11/2 cups)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the watermelon in a colander. Toss it with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Let the watermelon sit and release its juices while you grill the corn.
  2. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill on high heat.
  3. Rub the corn with the olive oil. Grill, turning occasionally, until lightly charred, about 5-7 minutes. Let the corn cool slightly before slicing the kernels off the cob.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the watermelon, corn, cucumbers, scallions, cilantro, feta, flaky sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Total Time: 25-27 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

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  1. The watermelon cucumber salad I made tonite( Sunday august 1st and it was delish!
    Spectacular combination and I added a splash of balsamic vinegar to it and a drizzle of balsamic glaze!
    Thank you for this spectacular combination!
    We all loved it!