Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad with Balsamic Reduction: A super summer salad made with farmer's market bounty!

Simple Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad with Balsamic Reduction

  • Author: Allison
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


This Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad with Balsamic Reduction is summer on a platter! Cubes of juicy watermelon are drizzled with homemade balsamic reduction and topped with fresh basil and feta. One of the easiest salad recipes you’ll ever make!



  • 6 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup basil, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp balsamic reduction (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat or sheep feta

Balsamic Reduction

  • 1 cup good quality balsamic vinegar


  1. Start by making the balsamic reduction. Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Turn down heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vinegar has reduced to 1/3 cup and is slightly syrupy (this might take up to 20 minutes). Set aside to cool, then transfer to a glass jar or bottle and cover with the lid.
  2. Place the watermelon on a serving platter. Drizzle on 2 tbsp of balsamic reduction, the basil, and the feta.
  3. Divide evenly between 3 plates and enjoy immediately.


MAKE IT VEGAN: Omit the feta cheese. Add 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts or 1 cubed avocado instead.

  • Category: Salad, Summer
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: watermelon salad, summer salad, balsamic reduction, vegetarian salad