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3-Ingredient Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Tomato Salad

One of our favorite summer salad recipes has grilled watermelon tomatoes and feta cheese
Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Olivia Mack Anderson
  • Active Time

    20 minutes

  • Total Time

    25 minutes

In Epi's 3-Ingredient Recipes series, we show you how to make great food with just three ingredients (plus staples like oil, salt, and pepper).
Grilling the watermelon adds a savory depth to the fruit, giving this refreshing summer salad much more flavor than you’d imagine from this simple combination.


4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more
1 (4-pound) seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1/2"-thick slices
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
4 multicolored heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
6 ounces feta, thinly sliced (about 1 1/4 cups)

Step 1

Prepare a grill for medium-high heat or heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high; oil grate or pan.

Step 2

Using a 2" diameter ring cutter or thin drinking glass, cut watermelon into circles; you should have 20–22 pieces (reserve scraps for another use). Season watermelon on both sides with 1/2 tsp. salt. Grill watermelon until well charred, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside until cool to the touch, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, toss tomatoes, 1 Tbsp. oil, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a large bowl.

Step 4

Layer watermelon, tomato mixture, and cheese in alternating layers on a platter, draining any extra liquid from tomatoes before using. Drizzle with oil, season with pepper, and serve.

How would you rate 3-Ingredient Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Tomato Salad?

  • This was very enjoyable for a summer night salad! Everyone loved it here!

    • Trashpanda420

    • San Diego, California

    • 7/23/2019

  • This was really yummy! Somehow, grilling the watermelon and combining these flavors totally transformed the flavor. It was almost like a salty, sweet vanilla. I don't even like tomatoes or watermelon and I ate a bunch!

    • DebraJauss

    • Columbus, OH

    • 9/11/2018

  • Grilling the watermelon gives it a squash-like flavor and cuts the sweetness. Cutting the watermelon into circles allows you to create little stacks with the tomatoes and feta. It looked gorgeous!

    • charface

    • Portland, OR

    • 8/5/2018

  • I took the advice of Luv2sk82 and cut the watermelon into triangle wedges, which provided a nice contrast to the tomatoes, but I found grilling the watermelon turned my beautiful, fresh, perfectly ripe watermelon wedges into a slimy bite, that never stopped leaking juice. I followed previous advice and did not assemble until ready to eat, and the watermelon water made the salad a soupy, ugly, drippy mess. Traditional caprese salad is a much better use of these ingredients.

    • ski2va

    • Vail, CO

    • 7/9/2018

  • thanx for sharing this GRILLED WATERMELON, FETA, AND TOMATO SALAD recipe, my family is crazy for French Fries , this is so easy n looks delicious


    • ghaziabad

    • 7/11/2017

  • I was a little underwhelmed by this one. The watermelon was a pain to cut into shapes that would work on the grill (forget the fancy circles, I just did triangles and they were fine). Also, the char on them didn't really make much of a difference in the taste, it really just made the watermelon dense in texture. Not to mention, as soon as I put this salad in a container, the juices from the tomato and watermelon completely overwhelmed the whole thing, and the feta lost its taste. This salad does not keep well. I'd opt to keep the ingredients separate and just put them on top of a bed of arugula next time.

    • luv2sk82

    • Alexandria, VA

    • 7/10/2017

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