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A closeup photo of a white plate of watermelon salad with arugula, feta, nectarines, and balsamic.

Watermelon Salad with Feta & Nectarines

A summery watermelon salad with salty feta cheese, juicy nectarines, fresh basil, peppery arugula, and balsamic glaze. The perfect combo of salty, sweet, and savory!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


Balsamic Glaze

  • 1/2 c balsamic vinegar, good-quality
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar, optional

Watermelon Salad

  • 3 c arugula
  • 5 c seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 2 oz feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
  • 1 large white nectarine, sliced
  • 1/4 c fresh basil, julienned
  • Freshly cracked blck pepper and flaky salt, to taste


Balsamic Glaze

  • To make the balsamic glaze, combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar (if using) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until the glaze is slightly thickened and reduced by half. (If you aren't using brown sugar, it'll take closer to 20 minutes). It should coat the back of the spoon. Pour the glaze into a bowl and let cool to room temperature, at least 15 minutes.

Watermelon Salad

  • To make the salad, spread the arugula evenly on a medium sized platter. Layer the watermelon cubes, feta cheese, sliced nectarines, and basil over the arugula. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons (or more) of the balsamic glaze and sprinkle with black pepper and flaky salt.


If you don't want to use brown sugar in the glaze, feel free to replace it with regular white sugar or honey.
You can also use a melon baller to create melon spheres!
Freshly cubed or crumbled feta is best for this recipe.


Serving: 0.25of recipeCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3.7gFat: 3.4gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 167mgPotassium: 337mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 17.5gCalcium: 115mgIron: 1mg
Keyword feta, salad, side dish, summer recipes, watermelon
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