This Orange and Watermelon Salad will make your mouth water! Juicy watermelon, sweet oranges, crispy red onion, and mint flavors create an incredibly delicious summer salad. Perfect for picnics and potlucks.
Unlike our traditional Watermelon and Feta Salad, this watermelon doesn't have any cheese. And is both a great option for vegetarians and vegans alike.
And it's perfect for taking to the office or even on a road trip.
Also, you can easily double or triple the recipe and bring it to picnics and potlucks. I love the summery warm colors that will stand out very invitingly on any table.
About Watermelon Salad
During the watermelon peak season (May through September) I make this recipe at least once a week. The sweetness of the fresh watermelon and oranges are balanced with savory mustard and tangy lemon dressing.
And you can pull this salad together in about 15 minutes or less.
Even though this Watermelon salad is refreshing and juicy when you first make it, I suggest you let it sit for a few hours or even overnight. Then its full flavorful potential unfolds.
Watermelon and Orange salad make great lunch. And if you want to add some protein, serve it with some cold roasted salmon leftovers.
- 2 ½ pounds WATERMELON. Look for seedless watermelon.
- 6 large ORANGES. I recommend organic Navel Oranges.
- ½ RED ONION - diced
- 6 sprigs of fresh MINT - sliced.
- ½ cup OLIVE OIL extra virgin
- 3 tablespoons LEMON JUICE. Plus the zest of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons MUSTARD. I like to use whole grain mustard, but you can use traditional dijon or yellow mustard, too.
- ½ teaspoon SALT
- ¼ teaspoon PEPPER
What is a good way to make a watermelon salad?
- Chop the watermelon into ¼-inch pieces.
- Remove the rind of the oranges and cut the oranges into bite-sized pieces.
- Chop half a red onion. Slice fresh mint.
- Add the watermelon, oranges, red onion, and mint into a large salad bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk olive oil, mustard, fresh lemon juice, and zest. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine.
Tips for making Orange and watermelon salad
Oranges. If you want to intensify the orangey flavor, zest of one the oranges. Add the zest to the dressing.
Tips for Eating Outdoors. If you are serving this citrus and watermelon salad out of doors, I recommend you cover the dish when not in use. A pretty dishcloth will work nicely but I love THIS FOOD TENT.
If you have really juicy oranges, you'll have a cutting board full of juices. Don't let that go to waste. Collect the juice and add it to your dressing. This is the cutting board I use to do just that.
More Easy Refreshing Summer Salads
- Greek Salad. Chopped, creamy, and refreshing.
- Pea Salad. The revival of a classic.
- Broccoli Cauliflower Salad. Perfect for picnics and potlucks.
- Oma's Classic German Cucumber Salad
- Goat Cheese and Blueberry Salad
Watermelon and Orange Salad
- Cut watermelon into ¼-inch pieces. Remove the rind of the oranges and cut the oranges into bite-sized pieces. Dice the red onion and slice fresh mint.
- Add watermelon, oranges, red onion, and mint in a large bowl.
- In a separate small bowl whisk olive oil, lemon, mustard, lemon juice, and zest until well combined. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine.