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Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad

Make sure to use ripe watermelons for this refreshing salad

This salad from Lucy Buffet’s cookbook Gumbo Love is a tasty and refreshing accompaniment to any summer meal.


  • 1/4 Cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cucumber, halved, seeded, scored with a zester, and sliced into half-moons
  • 1 small seedless watermelon (preferably the “sugar baby” variety), chopped
  • 4 Ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint


In a small bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, sugar, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the black pepper, and the red pepper flakes until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the red onion and let the mixture stand for 1 to 2 hours. Drain the red onion, discarding the liquid.

Make one large salad in a salad bowl or make individual salads by gently combining the red onion, cucumber, watermelon, and feta.

Season with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and lightly drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with chopped mint.

Adapted from Gumbo Love by Lucy Buffett (Grand Central, 2017