Watermelon Feta Panzanella

4 Servings
25 min

What is the best combination in the world you ask, salty and sweet. That is exactly what our Watermelon Feta Panzanella is, the perfect salty, sweet dish! No matter how hot it gets I always want and crave all the same things, spicy, salty, and for sure cheesy foods. But I don't want the heat that comes with that many times. Instead, I want the opposite. Summer calls for refreshing and cool foods to let off some steam, literally, and relax.

Traditional panzanella is made up of crusty bread, onions, and tomatoes. Since you can't beat the original, I wanted to try something fresher in this summer heat. Watermelon is the epitome of the perfect summertime food so that was a must to include. After that, I was looking to add something that would balance out that fresh burst of sweetness. First, my thoughts went to red onion, and sure, that would have been amazing, but I thought it might be too tart. Feta was the winner after quite a few taste tests.

Because this Watermelon Feta Panzanella is meant to be more of a salad that can sit out for a bit at a party if needed, I decided to make a dressing instead of just adding some balsamic glaze to the top. It makes for a much lighter flavor but, if you are missing some of the vinaigrette ingredients that definitely just add a little bit of glaze to the top before serving.

Recipe details

  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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Panzanella Components

  • 2 cup watermelon cubed
  • 1 cup feta cubed
  • 2-3 slices bread cubed
  • 2 tbsp mint
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic glaze
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp basil roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp white vinegar


Preheat oven to 450°
Cube the bread and brush with olive oil, salt, and pepper
Bake the bread for 10 minutes or until the bread is crisped like croutons
In a small jar mix together all balsamic vinaigrette ingredients and let rest for at least 15 minutes
Cube watermelon and feta and add to bowl
Pick off and activate mint by slapping it and then add to the bowl
Add bread to the bowl with the watermelon, feta, and mint
Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette and serve


  • Not a feta fan? No problem, we have made this dish with goat cheese and halloumi cheeses and have found it just as delicious!

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