Cheap & Cheerful: Watermelon with Feta, Mint and Lime Salsa

Serves 6

By Jilly Lagasse 

Admittedly, this recipe for Watermelon with Feta, Mint and Lime salsa sounds odd, but trust me, the salty, almost brininess of the feta cheese and the tartness of the lime just do something magical to that plain ol’ summer watermelon you probably have lying around. Also, a pinch of salt really helps to bring out its sweetness. If you have an outdoor gas or charcoal grill, try grilling the watermelon for a few minutes on each side before serving for an even better take on this simple yet delicious dish. This recipe is gluten free and vegetarian.


  • 6 pieces of watermelon, quarters preferably
  • ½ fresh lime, halved
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chiffonade, with a big reserved for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Place the slices of watermelon on a platter or plate. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice over top from ¼ of a lime.

In a small bowl, combine the feta crumbles, mint and the lime juice from the remaining lime slice, and stir to combine.

Scatter the feta mixture over top of the watermelon slices, and season with a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper. Scatter a few pieces of mint for garnish and serve straight away.

Nutrition Analysis: 120 cal, 3 g fat, 10 mg chol, 120 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 4 g protein.

Jilly Lagasse began cooking as a child when her father, Chef Emeril Lagasse, gave her a set of chef’s whites and let her help in the pastry and dessert department in one of his restaurants. She was diagnosed with celiac in 2004 and has written two gluten-free cookbooks with her sister, Jessie Lagasse Swanson, as the duo The Lagasse Girls,

Photo by Jilly Lagasse