Melons are cheap right now so here’s a good way to take advantage of the season.  I cubed up several different varieties for this salad, added some thinly sliced red onion, crumbled feta cheese, lime zest, lime juice, and a few mint leaves.  I like to add some finely minced jalapeno, too.

checkerboard melon salad

You can lay it out checkerboard style, or pile it all in a salad bowl.  I’ve even seen this kind of salad built up like a Rubik’s Cube!

healthy and colorful melon salad

To cut melon into cubes most efficiently, the best way is to lop off a little from the top and bottom, and then cut the rind off by slicing straight down each side, like the photos below.  Then slice the entire melon into whatever width you want your cubes to be.  Then you can easily slice up your cubes.

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I used watermelon, honeydew, and orange honeydew, but there are lots of varieties of melons out there, especially at farmers markets, so experiment and find your favorites.

checkerboard melon salad

When you mix the sweet melon with the sharp bite of onion, feta, and lime, it becomes an incredibly refreshing and interesting salad.  This sweet and savory combination has roots in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, and sometimes you’ll see it with black olives, tomatoes, or avocado.  It’s healthy and super low calorie.

Summer Melon Salad

Summer Melon Salad


  • at least 3 different kinds of melon: I used seedless watermelon, honeydew, and orange honeydew, cut in bite sized cubes
  • juice and zest of lime
  • feta cheese crumbles
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • finely minced jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • fresh mint leaves
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Shortly before you want to serve the salad, toss your melon cubes in a bowl, or arrange them on individual plates in a checkerboard fashion. Top them with thin slices of red onion, lime zest, and feta crumbles. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then squeeze lime juice over all.

healthy melon salad




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21 Responses to Summer Melon Salad

  1. This looks so fantastic. Can’t wait till next summer to try this with my own fresh fruits. I love how you cut the watermelon, looks like it makes it much easier to cut the cubes.

  2. Rachel Ring says:

    How absolutely beautiful!! The colors are amazing, and when you stack them so pretty – I almost (almost) wouldn’t be able to eat this! Sounds like a perfect hot weather light summer lunch!!

  3. thyme Sarah says:

    I love that slicing technique. It’s so simple…but I never would have known to do it that way.

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  5. love the checkerboard melons! such a pretty way to present a salad like this.

  6. Try as I might, I do not like melon. Oi. But most of the fam does, so I think I need to break out this colorful salad for them on one of these bright sunny days we’ve been having!

  7. Chris Scheuer says:

    This is beautiful Sue and so….. creative! I love that mosaic, looks like artwork!

  8. Magnolia Verandah says:

    I love this idea – it looks so stylish. I make a similar salad but just with watermelon and lots more feta, red onion and add olives, chilli would be good too. yum yum

  9. What a great idea for a salad! Melon and feta together sounds absolutely delicious! Pinned!

  10. Eileen says:

    This salad sounds fabulous! Such a perfect way to take advantage of perfect summer fruit. I have to say that I wouldn’t have the patience for the checkerboard–so it’s a good thing the jumble of cubes looks just as beautiful!

  11. belleau kitchen says:

    part of me loves you (of course) and part of me hates you for being so creative and beautiful… can you come to Belleau and cube my melon please… I simply MUST have this in my life but have no time at present… come on now… just a long plane journey for some melon cubing!…. xxx

  12. This salad looks so refreshing; love your presentation!

  13. bellini says:

    It looks so beautiful on the plate Sue.

  14. Oh I made this..a few times last summer ..a bit different..there was honey..we loved it..thank youf or the reminder ..everyone loved the presenatation..It is so pretty isn’t it?

  15. Deb says:

    What a spectacular salad! Bursting with seasonal flavor, easy to prepare and just gorgeous!

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