A fresh and vibrant summer salad to liven up any occasion. Both savory and sweet, this watermelon salad could pass as a dessert, side dish or appetizer. The Honey Lemon and Herb dressing pairs perfectly with the cucumber and watermelon.
watermelon salad with cucumber, mint, and more on a white dish


Shopping List

  • fresh lemon
  • green onion
  • turmeric
  • thyme
  • honey
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh mint and basil
  • watermelon
  • cucumber
ingredients for a watermelon salad with cucumber. including seasoning, honey, watermelon and more

Fancy and Simple

I know. The picture is super fancy looking. I promise it’s easy. I just used an ice cream scoop to make melon balls (I don’t actually own a melon baller, lol). And I used a tool that is on many zesters, and peelers called a channel knife. It just carves a noodle like stripe out of the surface of fruits and veggies. You could just use a peeler to make wider stripes if you don’t have one.

a melon baller being used on a watermelon on a wooden cutting board
cucumber being prepared with watermelon on a white plate


The dressing in this watermelon salad does a wonderful job of tying all of the ingredients together. The sweet and sour with hints of mint and thyme. I’m thinking there is a version of this dressing that would be amazing on pulled pork. It has all the elements of a good finishing sauce for any BBQ.

lemon herb dressing in a glass bowl
watermelon salad with cucumber, mint, and more on a white dish

Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Fresh Basil, and Mint

Chef Eric
A fresh vibrant summer salad, to liven up any occasion.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer, Fruit, Salad
Cuisine American, Fusion, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2


  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Small Mixing Bowl


Honey Lemon and Herb Dressing

  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (approx. 1/4 cup)
  • 1 green onion root end, minced
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric for color
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 leaves fresh mint, chopped into thin ribbons


  • 8 oz cubed watermelon the size and shape is up to you
  • 1/3 cucumber (approx. 3 oz) sliced into thin half-moons. the size and shape is up to you



  • combine all the dressing ingredients into a small bowl


  • arrange watermelon and cucumber slices on a plate in a way you find appealing.
  • drizzle dressing over watermelon and cucumber.
  • top with small or torn fresh basil leaves.


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