Sweet & Savory Watermelon Skewers

On really hot days I just want some light, fresh food, and these skewers are the perfect option for a healthy snack, side, or appetizer. A simple combination of watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber ribbons, olives, and feta, makes a unique and colorful kebab. I like to top them with a little olive oil, mint, and za’atar seasoning for an extra boost of flavor. 

Most people don’t realize that foods can help us stay hydrated—watermelon, tomatoes, and cucumber are prime examples. They are water-dense foods that count towards our daily water intake. Plus watermelon and cucumbers contain potassium, tomatoes contain chloride, and olives contain sodium and magnesium, so you’re getting a dose of electrolytes too. 

I hope you enjoy!

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD


  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 large Persian cucumbers
  • 16 black olives, pitted
  • 4 ounces sheep or goat feta
  • ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ serrano pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon za'atar seasoning

1. Prepare all of the skewers ingredients. Cut the watermelon into 2-inch cubes. The cherry tomatoes will remain whole. Using a vegetable peeler, make ribbons out of the cucumber. Cut the feta into 2-inch cubes, and thinly slice the onions and serrano pepper.

2. Assemble the skewers by threading a watermelon cube, followed by a cucumber ribbon, then cherry tomato, an olive, and lastly a feta cube. Repeat the process again then begin a new skewer, until you have 8 in total.

3. When all of the skewers are ready, garnish with the onions and peppers, then drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle them with mint leaves and za’atar and enjoy!

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories: 88, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 230mg, Carbohydrates: 7g, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 4g, Protein: 3g, Net Carbs: 6g

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