Delicious Dairy-Free Cucumber Watermelon Salad

July 16, 2022 / Lindsay Christensen, MS, CNS, LDN

dairy-free cucumber watermelon salad

This recipe that I made on the 4th of July was tasty enough that I felt it was worth sharing! It combines watermelon, English cucumber, red onion, mint, basil, and a simple vinaigrette, making an easy but delicious side dish!

This dairy-free, Paleo cucumber watermelon salad is full of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, including lycopene (from the watermelon), quercetin (from the red onion), and various polyphenols and flavonoids (from the mint and basil leaves). The salad provides a great combination of ingredients for those of us with Lyme disease, mold illness, or MCAS who need anti-inflammatory support but also want to eat well in the process! For the “feta,” I used Violife vegan “feta,” which was surprisingly authentic and tasty!

dairy-free cucumber watermelon salad

Dairy-Free Cucumber Watermelon Salad

This refreshing, summery salad is made with just a few simple ingredients and pairs well with burgers on a hot summer day!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings



  • 1/3 watermelon cubed
  • 1 English cucumber sliced in half lengthwise, then sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 red onion small, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free feta I used Violife dairy-free "feta." You can also use real feta cheese, if you tolerate dairy!

Salad dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • fine sea salt to taste


  • Arrange the watermelon cubes in a large serving bowl with the cucumber, onion, and fresh herbs. Gently mix the ingredients together with salad utensils. Sprinkle feta cheese or vegan feta on top.
  • Shortly before you plan to serve the salad, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Once combined, pour the dressing over the salad and enjoy!
Keyword dairy-free, gluten-free, Paleo
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