The Recipe Redux: Grilled Watermelon Salad

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In my house, the person who excels at backyard grilling is not the person who writes for this blog. That fact, however, will not prevent said blogger from posting a grilling recipe for The (fabulous new) Recipe Redux! The reason? Said blogger is not too shabby at creating meals using a nonstick grill pan (and ‘grilling’ is the first theme for all Reduxers.)

The nonstick grill pan is fantastic tool for any Reduxer and for cooking items that may become charred failures if they slip through the grates of a regular grill; think homemade (crumbly) veggie patties, fish burgers or thinly sliced veggies like zucchini.

Thus, a few months ago when I ran across a recipe for grilled watermelon –which sounded slippery – I immediately thought of my grill pan. I dug up the recipe from the Culinary Institute of America which included instructions on how to make fig syrup from fresh figs to drizzle over the watermelon. Fresh figs are far from an economical choice in Illinois in June, but I had a bottle of fig balsamic vinegar I’ve been wondering how to use. From there, I created a grilled watermelon salad with components of sweet (watermelon,) tart (fig balsamic,) umami (Peccorino Romano cheese,) salty (sea salt,) sour (lemon) and herbal (basil, chives and microgreens.) And yes! I really do have tiny restaurant quality microgreens – because I’ve been thinning the lettuce, spinach and beets in my teeny, tiny garden.

The result was fresh and delicious – it also had less oil and salt than the original recipe. I used crunchy sea salt to set off the sweetly charred watermelon and because it gives a burst of flavor on the tongue – resulting in less salt in the overall recipe.  Next time I make the salad, I may grill up some red onions to add one more layer of sweet, savory goodness.

Here is my adaptation of:

Grilled Watermelon Salad

2 large rounds of watermelon, sliced ½-inch thick, peeled

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing

1 lemon, juiced and zested

1 tablespoon fig balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

½ cup Peccorino Romano cheese, grated finely (about 1 ounce)

Microgreens

½ teaspoon Fleur de sel (crunchy French sea salt)

1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

  1. Cut watermelon slices into half moon and then into 3 triangles; you will have 12 triangles total. Brush with olive oil.
  2. Whisk together a dressing of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil and basil; set aside.
  3. Preheat grill pan (for about 5 minutes) over medium high heat until very hot. (Turn on oven exhaust fan while preheating.)
  4. Grill watermelon for about 2 minutes per side until grill marks appear.
  5. Dress microgreens with dressing, ¼ cup cheese and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  6. Divide microgreens among 4 plates. Top each with 3 slices watermelon, rest of cheese, rest of salt and a quarter of the chives; drizzle any remaining dressing (or more fig balsamic) over watermelon.

grilled watermelon salad Tiny spinach and beet microgreens in cereal bowl!

grilled watermelon salad Fig balsamic vinegar I used

Now, please check out my fellow Recipe Redux-ers for some fabulous grilling recipes to get your summer started off right:

Alexandra Caspero
Grilled Summer Fruit Salad
Alysa Bajenaru – Inspired RD
Grilled Romaine Salad
Ann Dunaway Teh – Eat to Nourish, Energize & Flourish! �
Grilled Flank Steak with Grilled Corn and Peach Salsa
Cindy Brison - Nutrition Know How
Chef Pandita – Grilled Vegetables

Danielle Omar – Food Confidence

Grilled Sweet Peppers
Diane Welland – EatWellEatClean
Grilled Beet & Onion Salad with Goat Cheese
Dr Barb’s Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad - The Nutrition Budgeteer
EA Stewart – The Spicy RD
Grilled Polenta Veggie Stacks with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
Emma Stirling – The Scoop on Nutrition
Char Siu BBQ Pork
Gretchen – Kumquat
Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers
Jackie Mills- Delicious Diabetes Cooking
Grilled Proscuitto Shrimp with Asian Dipping Sauce
Jessica Fishman Levinson – Nutritioulicious
Grilled Salmon Burgers with Cherry Chutney
Kat Lynch – Eating The Week
Portobello mushrooms stuffed with spiced couscous
Katie Caputo- East Meats West
Succulent Sirloin Kabobs
Kristen – Swanky Dietitian
Portabella Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Corn
Lisa – Healthful Sense
Grilled Veggie Bean Burgers
Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex – Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen
Mushroom Burgers with the Works, Mushroom Cannellini Spread
Marie Spano
Italian Grilled Turkey Burgers
Nicole Ferring Holovach – Whole Health RD
Grilled Eggs
Rebecca Scritchfield – MeFirst
Grilled Plantains: A Sweet Summer Side Dish
Regan – The Professional Palate
Grilled Eggplant & Two-Tomato Whole-Wheat Piadina

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Comments

  1. i love this idea! i’ve never had grilled watermelon, but am a fan of it salted. i’m definitely trying this one… thanks for sharing and thanks for helping head up the redux! so happy to participate!

  2. Grilled watermelon is definitely new to me! Will have to try it!

  3. I love grilled fruit! I’ve never thought to grill up watermelon. Looks delicious!

  4. This sounds amazing. Grilled fruit is so much tastier. Great recipe.

  5. LOVE your combo of flavors in this recipe! My favorite cuisines like Thai and Indian have that great combo of sweet, salty, spicy, etc. I’ll definitely have to give this recipe a try!

  6. What a lovely salad! Never seen grilled watermelon before, looks delicious :)

  7. This salad looks soooo good! I love watermelon mixed with savory/salty food (like feta!). Will definitely try.

  8. I love watermelon (as you will find on my blog!) and one of the best dishes I ever had was grilled watermelon with feta and aged balsamic. Love this recipe you posted here!

  9. Very interesting! Definitely want to give this a try. Thanks!

  10. SB… this sounds awesome! I’m actually not a huge watermelon fan… but I’m betting everything that I would like it grilled with some of the salty & savory embellishments you mention. Love, love, friend ;-)

  11. Never would have thought to grill watermelon; great idea! We’ve got a little seedless watermelon hanging out in the fridge currently, so I could give this a try soon.

  12. Love it Serena. Watermelon is one of my faves. I love this with feta too.

  13. Another great grilled fruit idea :) I love grilled watermelon and mint together- will have to try your pairing. Thanks!

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