The Best Summer Watermelon Salad

Here’s an Orange and Watermelon Salad that will make your mouth water with its perfect balance of sweet and tart!

Juicy and refreshing, this watermelon salad makes a simple and healthy lunch dish. And it’s perfect for taking to the office or even on a road trip.

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Also, you can easily double or triple the recipe and bring 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.


  • Watermelon. Look for seedless watermelon.
  • Oranges. I recommend organic Naval Oranges.
  • Red Onion
  • Sprigs of fresh Mint
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Mustard. I like to use whole grain mustard, but you can use traditional yellow mustard, too.

Watermelon Salad
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What is a good way to make a watermelon salad?

  1. Chop the watermelon into 1/4-inch pieces.
  2. Juice half of one orange. Remove the rind of the oranges and cut the oranges into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Chop half a red onion into rough chunks. Finally, chop a handful of fresh mint.
  4. Add the chopped fruit and the red onion to a large salad bowl.
  5. In a small bowl whisk olive oil, (whole grain) mustard, fresh lemon, and orange juices. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the dressing to the fruit salad, combine well and sprinkle with fresh cut mint.
Watermelon, Orange, and Mint Salad

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.

This summer salad works well as a healthy main dish or a side dish.

More simple salads

Watermelon, Orange, and Mint Salad

Watermelon Salad

This is the BEST summer salad. It's sweet, juicy and incredibly refreshing.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Keyword: Summer Favorites
Servings: 6
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Maike


  • 2 1/2 pounds Watermelon
  • 6 Oranges
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Chop the watermelon into ¼-inch cubes.
  • Juice half an oranges. Remove the skin from the remaining oranges and cut into bite-sized pieces. Roughly dice half of a red onion.
  • Combine the chopped watermelon and oranges. Add the red onion to a large salad bowl. 
  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon, and mustard, lemon and orange juice. Whisk until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Add the dressing to the fruit salad, combine well and sprinkle with fresh cut mint.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1370IU | Vitamin C: 88.6mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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