Watermelon Salad with Tangy Tamarind-Feta Dressing - Course 784

Watermelon Salad with Tangy Tamarind-Feta Dressing - Course 784

Watermelon is the quintessential symbol of summer. If you're looking for an easy and irresistible salad recipe for the summer, then look no further than this Watermelon Salad with a Tangy Tamarind-Feta Dressing. Now this recipe should be on your menu this summer season because not only is it easy to pull together, it's also visually appealing and packed with Caribbean flavor. 

Growing up in the Caribbean, watermelon was like a treat. It was a fruit that we rarely grew on the island so getting your hands on a slice or two was truly a moment of indulgence. Imagine sitting out on your porch in the countryside biting into the ruby-red flesh with a tender yet satisfying crunch--yes, that's the life. 

I myself am a big fan of watermelon and was shocked to learn about the complex yet significant history behind it in the African American community. 

The History of Watermelon in African American culture

Watermelon was brought to America by enslaved Africans, and quickly became became a staple in their diet due to its ease of cultivation, nutritional value, and refreshing qualities. During slavery, watermelon patches were often grown in the gardens of enslaved people to provide them with a crucial source of hydration and sustenance.

Post-Civil War, watermelon continued to hold a place in African American culture as a symbol of freedom and self-sufficiency, as many newly freed African Americans grew and sold watermelons as part of their agricultural livelihood. However, this positive association was tarnished during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as watermelon became a tool for racist imagery and stereotypes in an effort to demean and ridicule African Americans.

Despite this, the cultural significance of watermelon has persisted. It remains a cherished part of African American culinary traditions, particularly in the South, where it is celebrated in various forms, from summer picnics to family gatherings. 

A refreshing Watermelon Salad for hormone health

As an Afro-Caribbean woman, I always try to infuse my culture in each recipe that I create and this refreshing and hydrating watermelon salad is not different. There's notes of tangy tamarind that adds a delicate sour note to the naturally sweet watermelon. It's finished with chopped groundnuts (peanuts), feta cheese and a sprinkle of my Chadon Beni Salt for extra Caribbean flair.

Not to mention that watermelon and some of the other star ingredients have some health benefits that are amazing for your hormones.

Here's how this Watermelon Salad with Tamarind-Feta Dressing can nourish your hormones: 


  • Hydration: Watermelon is composed of about 92% water, which is great for hydration. Proper hydration is crucial for maintaining hormonal balance as it helps transport hormones and nutrients throughout the body.
  • Vitamin C: It is rich in vitamin C, which supports adrenal health. Healthy adrenal glands are vital for producing and regulating hormones like cortisol (the stress hormone).
  • Antioxidants: Watermelon contains antioxidants like lycopene, which can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. Reducing inflammation is beneficial for alleviating menstrual discomfort.

Feta Cheese

  • Protein and healthy fats: Feta cheese not only adds a nice salty finish to this recipe, it is also a good source of protein and healthy fats, which are essential for hormone production and regulation. Hormones like estrogen and progesterone are derived from fats.
  • Calcium: It is rich in calcium, which plays a role in reducing menstrual cramps and regulating menstrual cycles.
  • Probiotics: Feta cheese contains beneficial bacteria that support gut health. A healthy gut microbiome is crucial for hormone regulation, as it helps in the metabolism and elimination of excess hormones.


  • Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties: Tamarind is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
  • Rich in magnesium: Magnesium is crucial for managing PMS symptoms, such as cramps and tamarind is a good source of this mineral.

If you're a watermelon lover or are looking for a reintroduction to this crimson-fleshed fruit, then try this easy recipe for a summer Watermelon Salad with Tamarind-Feta dressing.



2 cups (or more) watermelon, cut into cubes

For the Tamarind-Feta dressing:

2 Tbsp tamarind syrup (tamarind concentrate)

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, plus more for sprinkling

1/4 cup avocado oil or olive oil

1 clove garlic, left whole 

3-4 blades of chadon beni or 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro 

2-3 Tbsp of water to thin the dressing if desired 

 For garnish, fresh herbs, feta cheese, chopped nuts and a sprinkle of Chadon Beni Salt recipe here



  1. Add the tamarind-feta dressing ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste for salt and season with no more than 1/4 tsp if desired. 
  2. Pour over the chopped watermelon and gently toss to coat evenly. Garnish with chopped nuts, more feta cheese and a light sprinkle of Chadon Beni Salt to finish. Serve immediately or let sit in the fridge for 15 minutes before serving. 


  • This salad is best enjoyed chilled and the day-off. It gets mushy the next day and isn't very pleasant. 
  • Feel free to add other fruits like mango to the mix for even more tropical vibes. 

Check out the full recipe video for Watermelon Salad with Tamarind-Feta dressing here




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