Watermelon Salad with Herbed Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Watermelon Salad with Herbed Yogurt Sauce Recipe

How To Make Watermelon Salad with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Ripe watermelon, cucumber, and pickled shallots served with herbed yogurt, this watermelon salad offers fresh and bright flavors perfect for summer.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For The Watermelon Salad:

  • 3lbswatermelonripe, seedless, about 1/2 small round watermelon or 4 cups cubed, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 2mini cucumbersor 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
  • ½cupshallotthinly sliced, 1 medium-to-large
  • 3tbspsherry vinegaror red wine vinegar
  • ¼tspfine sea salt
  • 2tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • fresh mint and basil leavessmall handful, torn if large, for garnish
  • Flaky sea saltor kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepperfreshly ground, to taste

For The Herbed Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1cupGreek yogurt
  • cupcombination of fresh basil and fresh mint leaveslightly packed
  • 1tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tsphoneyor maple syrup
  • pinch of fine sea salt


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sliced shallot with the vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss to combine, and place in the refrigerator to lightly pickle while you prepare the rest of the salad.

  2. In a food processor, combine the yogurt, fresh herbs, olive oil, honey, and a pinch of salt.

  3. Blend until the herbs are broken into tiny pieces and the sauce is pale green.

  4. Swirl the yogurt sauce over the base of a large serving platter.

  5. Scatter the cubed watermelon on top, followed by the cucumber.

  6. Arrange the pickled shallot on top, and spoon the leftover vinegar over the salad.

  7. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil on top, sprinkle generously with fresh herbs, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Recipe Notes


If you won’t be serving the salad immediately, place it in the refrigerator to stay chilled. This salad is best served within an hour or two.



  • Calories: 190.83kcal
  • Fat: 9.72g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.58g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.02g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.85g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.57g
  • Fiber: 1.75g
  • Sugar: 18.12g
  • Protein: 5.55g
  • Cholesterol: 6.38mg
  • Sodium: 773.35mg
  • Calcium: 65.02mg
  • Potassium: 356.19mg
  • Iron: 0.97mg
  • Vitamin A: 68.73µg
  • Vitamin C: 20.45mg
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