Chef John's Watermelon Pizza


There are 2 types of people in this world--the type that thinks topping watermelon with olives and feta is insane, and the people who have actually tried it. Creamy, briny, salty feta and olives and herbaceous mint perfectly complement the sweet, juicy watermelon. It's absolute perfection.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 slices


  • 1 large seedless watermelon

  • 1 ½ cups crumbled feta cheese

  • ½ cup sliced green olives

  • ½ cup sliced Kalamata olives

  • ½ cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Slice watermelon in half lengthwise, then each half lengthwise into quarters. Cut uniformly thick slices from the center of each quarter and place on plates or trays.

  2. Remove any of the soft, white seeds, and use the tip of a spoon to make small, shallow divots in the surface to help hold the toppings.

  3. Scatter some feta cheese, olives, and mint over the slices and season lightly with freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle each slice with a touch of rice vinegar and olive oil. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until needed.

Chef's Notes:

I do not recommend using watery, canned black olives.

You can sneak some cayenne on this, but to me, the black pepper works better.

Feel free to use basil instead of mint and any other slightly sweet vinegar, such as balsamic, instead of rice vinegar.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of watermelon. The actual amount of watermelon consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

527 Calories
19g Fat
88g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 527
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 886mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 72g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 92mg 461%
Calcium 324mg 25%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 1299mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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