Summer Melon Salad

Summer Melon Salad ~ this healthy and adorable checkerboard melon salad is gorgeous and so refreshing ~ and it’s always a huge hit! It’s easy to put together, I’ll take you through it step by step.

a cute melon salad in a checkerboard pattern

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. Occasionally I add some finely minced jalapeno pepper for a little kick. This is a healthy and super low calorie dish that has lots of flavor and great visual appeal, you can’t afford NOT to make it!

checkerboard melon salad

Summer is melon season ~ they’re cheap and plentiful and so juicy! There are so many varieties available today, too, even in your regular grocery store. I chose several different types of melon in a variety of colors for this pretty summer melon salad, and then simply cut them in even cubes,  You can lay it out checkerboard style, or pile it all in a salad bowl. You can even stack up the layers ~ Rubik’s Cube style!

healthy and colorful melon salad

TIP: 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.

TIP: When buying melon, choose ones that feel heavy for their size. Give it a thump with your fingers, it should have a hollow sound if it’s ready to eat. And finally, take a whiff, right at the ‘belly button’, where the stem was attached…a ripe melon should have a lovely scent.

checkerboard melon salad

If you’re loving ripe summer melon right now, here’s another recipe to try, my MELON BREAKFAST BOWLS are super fun!

4 from 5 votes

Summer Melon Salad

Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • 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.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • You can prep your melon cubes ahead of time, just keep them well wrapped in the refrigerator. 


Don’t forget to pin this juicy Summer Melon Salad!

Summer Melon Salad ~ this healthy and adorable checkerboard melon salad is gorgeous and so refreshing ~ and it's always a huge hit! It's easy to put together, I'll take you through it step by step.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    June 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    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!

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 7, 2013 at 4:53 am

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

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    Magnolia Verandah
    June 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

    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

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      Sue/the view from great island
      June 7, 2013 at 3:50 am

      Your version sounds great, I do like the idea of using olives, and I can imagine either black or green would work.

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    Julia |
    June 7, 2013 at 1:55 am

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

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    June 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    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!

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    belleau kitchen
    June 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    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

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    This salad looks so refreshing; love your presentation!

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    June 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    It looks so beautiful on the plate Sue.

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    La Table De Nana
    June 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    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?

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    June 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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

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      Michelle Cagle
      June 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Also really good if you add tomatoes, cucumber and cilantro

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