Cucumber Melon Salad

Cucumber Melon Salad

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Cucumber Melon Salad is a colourful, refreshing salad. It’s perfect with grilled meats or fish and great for summer picnics and potlucks.

Cucumber Melon Salad with Feta Cheese & Pickled Onion
Cucumber Melon Salad

Cucumber Ribbons

As cucumbers start to come on in the garden, I’m always trying to come up with new ways to use them. For this salad, I used a spiralizer to make cucumber “ribbons”. I also used a spiralizer to make another cucumber salad: Sunomono Salad. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can also use a vegetable peeler, or, simply slice the cucumbers.

watermelon, honeydew, and cantalope salad with cucumbers, feta, and pickled onion.

Types of Cucumbers for Salads

There are many different varieties of cucumbers, even one that looks like a lemon! Check out some of them here: Cucumber Varieties    However, they all come under two categories: fresh eating cucumbers, and pickling cucumbers. In my garden, I have both, and I grow long English cucumbers for fresh eating. I like them for salads like this one because they are seedless, and you can eat the skin, so you don’t need to peel them.

A plate of salad on a wooden table

Which Melons to Use

There are three types of melon in this recipe: watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. You can choose to use just one or two and it will still be delicious, but I like the variety of colours and flavours with all three.

Cucumber Melon Salad
Cucumber Melon Salad

Chill the Salad Ingredients

Because this salad needs to be served cold,  be sure to chill the cucumber and melons before tossing them together. You can also chill the finished salad once you have put it together. I find it tastes best when eaten immediately, but you can keep it in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.

A bowl of food sitting on top of a wooden table, with Salad and Cucumber
Cucumber Melon Salad

Looking for more summer salads? Try Watermelon Salad with Jalapeno and Bacon, or Strawberry Kale Salad, or Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad.



Cucumber Melon Salad

Cucumber Melon Salad

Cucumber Melon Salad with three melons is colourful and delicious, and perfect for summer picnics.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Colleen


  • spiralizer
  • melon baller


Pickled Onion

  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 red onion small, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 1 English cucumber unpeeled
  • I cantaloupe scooped into balls
  • 1 honeydew melon scooped into balls
  • 1/2 seedless watermelon small
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp pickling liquid from the pickled onions
  • sea salt to taste


Pickled Onion

  • Season the onion slices with salt & pepper
  • Combine the vinegar and sugar in a microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave 1 minute, stir to dissolve sugar & pour over the onion slices to cover.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use


  • Drain the pickled onions, reserving 2 tbsp of the liquid
  • Combine cucumber ribbons, and melon balls, pickled onions, and feta in a large bowl.
  • whisk together olive oil and pickling liquid. Pour over salad and toss gently
  • Sprinkle with sea salt, and serve immediately


The salad should be served quite soon after preparing, because the more it sits, the more juices will accumulate from the melon.
The melon balls combined should be about 5 cups.
This salad is vegan if you omit the feta cheese


Serving: 1g | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 1760IU | Vitamin C: 53.6mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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26 thoughts on “Cucumber Melon Salad

  1. Great tips here!! Chilling the veggies first was a great one. And I loved the cucumber ribbons!! Thanks Colleen for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. So colorful and refreshing on a summer day! I think I am the only one on Earth that cannot stand cucumbers, but Loreto and our family/friends would simply love it.

  3. Like summer on a plate! Love summer salads like this – super easy to whip up and super refreshing! I could eat this one all summer long and never tire of it ๐Ÿ™‚ Delish, Colleen!

  4. This looks like the perfect salad to devour with the onset of hot weather! I can just imagine how refreshing it is!

  5. This right here is perfect summer food! Just a really nice combination, but still a beautifully thought out recipe. Awesome job!

  6. I don’t like onions in salad, that’s why I use mild shallots a lot. But your idea of pickling onion may change my mind! I love the combination of cucumber and melon, that’s the summer dish we all want on a hot day..

    1. Hi Alina, I think the pickled red onion added another great flavour element to this salad, but you could leave it out or use shallots, too.

  7. Oh, how I love this cool summer salad! It is so colorful and refreshing, I can almost imagine popping a few of those melons and cucumber in my mouth right now! Your pictures do full justice to the recipe too.

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