Salted Watermelon with Olive Oil and Mint

Grey table, blue glasses, yellow napkin and white plate of watermelon.

Sweet, salty and so refreshing. This salted watermelon salad will blow you away!!! If you haven’t tried salted watermelon yet you are in for a treat.

Wedges of watermelon with black salt, on a white plate garnished with shredded mint.

The sun is shining, the sky is a deep almost turquoise blue, the smoky smell of BBQ fills the air and all you can hear is the soft murmur of friends chatting. A weekend backyard get together, is there any better way to spend a Saturday than outside with friends and family?

The table is covered with delicious platters of food, couscous salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, fresh baked bread, apple cider grilled chicken, homemade hamburgers, some tender lamb chops and a big platter of salted watermelon. So much food and so many friends to enjoy the day with.

The salt on the watermelon surprises people, but you watch as your friends try it and their look of curiosity turns to a look of surprise and then develops into a giant grin.

So sweet, so juicy and so unexpected. So many compliments come your way and you know that everyone you care about is having a great weekend. What could be better than that?

Close up on the flesh of the watermelon wedge with black salt and mint garnishing it.

Why put salt on watermelon?

The salt on the watermelon enhances the sweetness, it just brings out the flavor, creating a salty sweet contrast. The amount of salt you add is up to you. I like a good amount of salt, some people will prefer a merest sprinkle.

But the type of salt….well this is the time to break out the best salt you have. I love to use black salt, the colour contrast just makes me smile, but a pink salt or a good flaky sea salt works just as well.

Please don’t use the free flowing table salt. It doesn’t have the wonderful tang on real salt, you’ll end up with a metal taste and that just ruins everything!

Long whole plate on a grey table with salted watermelon on it.Yellow napkin into background

Enjoy x

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A SQ overhead shot of salted watermelon on a white plate, with a yellow napkin and blue glasses
4.91 from 11 votes

Salted Watermelon with Mint and Olive Oil

Sweet, salty and so refreshing. This salted watermelon salad will blow you away!!! If you haven't tried salted watermelon yet you are in for a treat. A great summer recipe!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Modern Australian
Keyword salad, summer recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 184 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts


  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil - the best you can afford
  • 1-2 tbsp black salt - or sea salt
  • 2 tbsp shredded mint


  1. Cut the watermelon into small wedges.
  2. Arrange the watermelon wedges on a large plate or platter.
  3. Drizzle the watermelon with the extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle the black salt on the top.
  5. Scatter the shredded mint leaves over the watermelon.
Nutrition Facts
Salted Watermelon with Mint and Olive Oil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 877mg 37%
Potassium 630mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 34g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 64.4%
Vitamin C 55.4%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 7.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Reply

    Love the touch of mint. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jason 😀

    • Liz
    • May 27, 2018

    My mother-in-law loved salting her melon so I knew I’d love this recipe before I even tasted it! Now it will be a regular on our summer recipe rotation—so delicious!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Liz, so happy you enjoyed it…and it has MIL approval 😀 😀

    • Linda
    • May 27, 2018

    I have to admit, I have never had salt on watermelon and we eat it all the time down here in hot South Florida. Now I am going to have to try it because it sounds like it will give more of a flavor pop. And it will give me a good use for my over-achieving mint plant. 🙂

    1. Reply

      Mint grows like crazy doesn’t it!!!
      I hope you the love salted watermelon, we are obsessed with it. 😀

  2. Reply

    I have eaten salt on watermelon before, but I really love you used black salt here. I will definitely give it a try! The photos look amazing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you. I just love black salt, I am slowly converting all my friends 😉

  3. Reply

    I love watermelon. How refreshing alone it is its wonderful but with mint too that sounds like heaven on my plate. I will love this on a hot summers day!

    1. Reply

      It really is such a refreshing summer platter. I love it so much.

  4. Reply

    Tis the season for eating watermelon!!! Absolutely love it!!!

    1. Reply

      Got to love the summer when watermelon is so plentiful. (Although it is Autumn here, but I will still eat it whenever I can 😀 )

  5. Reply

    Ugh, you’re speaking to my soul right now. Watermelon, mint and salt is just a combination to die for. Your version looks absolutely gorgeous!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Chris….it is just the best isn’t it 😀

  6. A new way to think about watermelon for sure. Bookmarked until they are back at our farmers’ market.

    1. Reply

      Yeah 😀
      I hope they appear soon for you as I know you are going to LOVE this 😀

  7. Reply

    Interesting idea! Deliciously. This recipe is perfect for me and my family. I LOVE how easy and delicious this is! Love everything about this recipe! thank you.

    1. Reply

      It is such a great snack for the family. Especially when it is hot outside, so refreshing 😀

  8. Reply

    I just love a good slice of watermelon, but I’ve never tried it with olive oil. I must try!

    1. Reply

      It is so good with the salt and olive oil….I hope you enjoy it 😀

    2. Reply

      It is so good with the salt….I hope you enjoy it 😀

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