Watermelon and Crab Salad

I had the idea for Watermelon and Crab Salad last year well after watermelon season had ended.  I love watermelon salad and watermelon sculptures, but lets face it, I am not talented enough to carve a lion face into the side of one, like the ladies at ITSMeals.  To make something impressive and equally tasty, I decided to skip the urge to let my inner artist fly and instead used cookie cutters, because I can’t mess that up too bad.

Watermelon is a funny fruit, actually from the gourd family.  While eaten plain, it is a tasty, sweet treat and pairs fabulously with many other flavors.  Sprinkle some salt and it instantly intensifies the flavor.  Pair with feta or goat cheese and now you have a creamy, tart and sweet treat.  Puree for a refreshing beverage or pair with other fruits and veggies for a lush summer salad.

Here I used a few items in my fridge and local Maryland blue crab meat.  For more information on how to choose crab meat, check out my Crab  and Shrimp Stuffed Shells with Sherry Cream Sauce.  Make sure you check out my 7 tips for more interesting salads before you starting chopping!

5 from 1 vote
Watermelon and Crab Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Watermelon and Crab Salad is a refreshing salad with a little bit of spice.
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
  • 1 large watermelon
  • 1 cucumber seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves shredded
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely minced
  • 1 cup lump blue crab meat
  • Juice of 2 fresh limes
  1. Combine cucumber, basil, jalapeno, crab meat and lime juice in a medium bowl. Place into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Cut watermelon into 1 1/2 inch slices. Cut center with a cookie cutter, shape of your choice, but make sure the center has enough space that you can hollow out a small hole to hold 2 tablespoons of crab meat mixture. You will need at least 4 cut-outs. Reserve the rest for snacking.
  3. Take each of the four slices and a small slice, about 1/2 inch, horizontally. This will be the lid.
  4. Spoon out the center of each cut-out to form a bowl.
  5. When ready to serve, spoon crab meat mixture into the centers of each watermelon bowl. Place the lid back on and serve. Enjoy!



This looks so yummy and so pretty! I would never think to pair crab with watermelon but I’m sure its awesome!

April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition

I would never have paired these together but it sounds amazing and I am so intrigued! It looks super fancy too!


First, the presentation is just adorable! I wouldn’t want to touch it because it’s so pretty! But then I’d have to give in because that sounds yummy. Never thought of crab paired with watermelon.

Family Travel Blogger

That looks so cute but I have to admit I’m afraid to use watermelon in anything but fruit salads! I would be willing to give it a try though.

Carly Bellard

I am not going to lie- this strikes me as a weird combination. I guess that I can’t knock it until I try it though!

Becca from It's Yummi!

Not only are the flavors amazing together, but your presentation is just so pretty!

Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest

Your watermelons are so cute! The salad looks delicious.


I love the watermelon cut outs! Perfect for those watching their carbs

Danielle @ We Have It All

That looks so fancy! I bet it’s tasty! We’ve been buying a LOT of watermelon lately, I need to try this, thanks for sharing.


Really cute….Almost too cute to eat. I am not a big watermelon eater but I like it juiced.

Barbie's Beauty Bits

this looks and sounds delicious, I’m going to try this. Low in calories as well, so what a great find! Thanks!


For the love of deliciousness! I think I could make this – maybe not as cute as yours, but it would edible! 😀


That looks yummy. This past weekend I made watermellon and feta salad and was looking for more watermellon salad recipes!

Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

What a great idea to cut the watermelon into shape with a cookie cutter! This looks like such a great salad for summer.


I love watermelon! I bet this is a delicious combination.


I bet that is very tasty! I love the little flower cutouts you used on the watermelon. So cute!


This is so pretty that I would probably have to convince myself it is okay to eat it! I love the idea of pairing watermelon and crab together.

Shannon Gosney

I love the way you cut the watermelon! I’ve never had Crab and Watermelon together, but it is definitely something I would try. 🙂

Amanda H.

What an interesting combination. Don’t know that I’m adventurous enough to try, but the presentation looks great!


i wouldn’t have thought of that combo. it sure looks refreshing though

Jennifer B

I remember going to this cooking demos at one of the higher end and popular restaurants in Tampa. The chef taught us about putting salt on watermelon. Something so simple that they do.

Debbie L.

This looks delicious! Crab and Watermelon so refreshing! Perfect for a hot summer meal!


That looks so neat. I never would have to make the watermelon salad like that.


I love eating my watermelon plain with no salt, although my kids add salt to theirs. This looks delicious and I love the cut shape you cut yours into.


My husband would LOVE this. He loves anything with crab, and I love anything watermelon…so together this would be a pretty tasty treat!

Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}

I’m allergic to shelled fish — BUT I love this idea! My husband loves crab meat so I wonder what he’d think of this idea!!


I would love to try this salad. I’m going to put it on my grocery list~ YUMMO~


I would have never paired these two items together, but it seems like a refreshing summer meal! Perhaps I will give it a try!

Migdalia - @MsLatina

I never would have considered eating these tow together. Looks like a great summer dish!

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

Beautiful photos! What a light and healthy dish!

Chrystal @ YUM eating

I am not sure about crab and watermelon together but I love the idea of using my cookie cutters to make shapes out of my watermelon slices. Awesome!


I’ve never paired fruit and seafood. It looks delicious!


Oh YUM! I’m watermelon obsessed this summer!

Evelyn @ My Turn for us

Just pinned this cool stuffs!!



Watermelon and crab my two favorite foods! Looks like a great recipe for the summer!

Liz Mays

I wish I was a seafood person because I really like the combination you have here. It’s so beautifully presented too!


    You could leave out the crab and still have a fabulously tasty Watermelon Salas, Liz.


I never considered pairing watermelon with crab. Sounds like it would have a very unique flavor! Thanks for sharing!


What a delicious combo! We love watermelon and crab. I’ll have to give this one a try.

Kay Adeola

This looks great for a summer time lunch,I have not had crab for years we used to catch our own.


This sounds like the perfect light lunch!

Carisa Smith

This seems like a very interesting combination. It intrigues me!!! I’ll have to give it a try… 🙂


I’ve only recently discovered how versatile watermelon is. This looks like a great summer salad.

Debbie Denny

Such an interesting combination. Looks tasty.

Robin (Masshole Mommy)

I am like a child and would eat it solely based on the shape. I am such a dork like that, but in all seriousness – it sounds awesome 🙂


Wow! this is gorgeous, love crab!

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