Southern Watermelon Tomato Salad garnished with fresh basil
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5 from 2 votes

Southern Watermelon Tomato Salad

Full of summer's bounty with juicy sweet watermelon and fresh tomatoes, this delightfully easy Southern Watermelon Tomato Salad is the perfect summer side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: 4th of July salad, light summer meals, watermelon
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


  • 8 cups seedless watermelon about 6 lbs, or 3/4 of a small seedless watermelon, cut in 1-1/4 chunks
  • 3 lbs ripe tomatoes cut in about the same size chunks as the watermelon, preferably heirloom if you can find them in assorted colors
  • 1 package baby arugula leaves 5 oz package, or other salad greens
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 cup cup crumbled feta cheese about 4-5 ounces
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp kosher salt or fleur de sel
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds **


  • Combine the watermelon and tomatoes in a large strainer over a bowl and add 1-2 tsp(s) of kosher salt or fleur de sel. Mix carefully and let stand and drain at least 15 minutes or up to 1-2 hours until you are ready to serve the salad.
  • To make the dressing, mix the olive oil and vinegar together in a small bowl or mason jar and whisk or shake well.
  • When you are ready to serve the salad, first put the arugula in a large shallow bowl.
  • Put the watermelon and tomato mixture in a large bowl or large plastic bag and add the dressing. Mix well but carefully. Then spoon this mixture on top of the arugula.
  • Sprinkle with the feta cheese slivered almonds and chopped basil. Serve immediately and enjoy!


To toast the almonds, simply put them in a small dry sauté pan over medium heat. Cook for about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently to make sure they don’t burn. They are done when you start seeing some of them develop a light brown color.
This recipe can easily be modified to make more or fewer servings.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2800IU | Vitamin C: 42.1mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 1.6mg