Friday, August 3, 2012

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Watermelon? Yeah, you can grill that!

You want to grill it quickly over high heat, just enough to get some good grill marks. It retains the juicy, crispiness that makes watermelon so tasty and refreshing on hot summer days, but the grill adds an extra layer of flavor.

Grilled watermelon tastes great on its own, but it’s perfect for salads. Wow your guests with this recipe for grilled watermelon with spinach salad, topped with an easy, homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Ingredients (serves 4):

*Don’t pay too much attention to the amounts here, except for the dressing. This is just to give you an idea. Serve however much spinach, feta and walnuts you want.

Approximately 6 cups loosely packed raw spinach
About 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
About 4 ounces chopped walnuts (or other nut of your choice)
4 slices watermelon
1 tablespoon olive oil

Honey balsamic vinaigrette ingredients:

½ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Quarters worth of salt
Quarters worth of pepper
About two tablespoons of honey (Tip: measuring honey is a huge pain, and inevitably you waste some because it gets stuck in the measuring spoons. I just squeeze it straight from the bottle, and have figured out that a good, two-second squeeze is about 1 tablespoon.)


1.    Whisk all salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl (or pour into an empty jar and shake).
2.    Brush watermelon slices very lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle lightly with salt.
3.    Place watermelon on grill over high, direct heat. Cook for about two minutes on each side, so that you get some good grill marks.

4.    Plate the spinach, topped with crumbled feta and chopped nuts. Drizzle with the balsamic vinaigrette, then top with the grilled watermelon. Enjoy!

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