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Grilled Watermelon Slices

05/25/2016 01:29PM ● Published by Lana Granfors

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June, 2016
By Lana Granfors
Photos by Kara Stewart
Do you remember, eating watermelon as a child? I sure do! Those hot and humid Texas summer days were almost bearable while eating a crisp, cold slice of watermelon. I remember with pure pleasure the cold juices dripping down my arms and off my chin.  

This summer, there will be many watermelon dishes at our house, and these grilled savory watermelon slices are just two ideas. They are our latest cravings and so simple to make!  

When grilled, the natural sugars caramelize. When topped with savory ingredients, such as salty prosciutto, tangy feta and an intense balsamic glaze, the melon transforms into a flavor bomb. So good!

For dessert, drizzle honey on watermelon slices and place on a hot grill for 3-4 minutes per side until marks form and caramelize. Remove from the grill and top with toasted sliced almonds.  

Enjoy!

 INGREDIENTS - Grilled Savory

½ cup thinly sliced red onions

3 T red wine vinegar

1 tsp. sugar

¼ tsp. kosher salt

3 T extra virgin olive oil

*2 slices seedless watermelon 

¼ lb. thinly sliced prosciutto, diced 

¹⁄³ cup feta or blue cheese, crumbles

2 T sliced almonds, toasted

Bottled balsamic glaze

2 T fresh basil leaves, chopped, for garnish

Prep TIME: 10 minutes

Grill Time: 4 – 8 minutes

Total Time: 14 – 18 minutes

Directions - Grilled Savory 

STEP 1: Whisk vinegar, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add sliced onions and let stand at least 15 minutes, tossing occasionally. 

STEP 2: Drain onions, reserving the liquid. Set onions aside and whisk the olive oil into the reserved liquid.

STEP 3: Heat the grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. 

STEP 4: Brush both sides of the watermelon slices with oil and vinegar mixture.  Place the watermelon on hot grill and grill for 2-4 minutes. Before turning, brush the top side again.  Flip and grill the second side for another 2-4 minutes. Both sides should be well marked and juicy. Place on a serving platter or cutting board.   

STEP 5: Top watermelon evenly with pickled onions, prosciutto, cheese crumbles and almonds. Season to taste with pepper and garnish with a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze.  Sprinkle basil and cut into 4-6 wedges. Serve immediately. 

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 INGREDIENTS - Honey Grilled

1 T lime zest 

¼ cup fresh lime juice 

¼ cup honey 

2 tsp. garlic chili sauce 

Pinch salt 

*2 slices seedless watermelon

1 T fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish

Prep TIME: 10 minutes

Grill Time: 4 – 6 minutes

Total Time: 14 – 16 minutes

*9-inch diameter watermelon, ¾ inches thick

Directions - Honey Grilled with Sweet and Zesty Dressing

STEP 1: Heat the grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. 

STEP 2: In bowl, whisk together lime zest, juice, 3 T honey, garlic chili sauce and salt. Set aside. 

STEP 3: Drizzle a little of the remaining honey on one side of the watermelon and place the watermelon on hot grill for 2-4 minutes.  Drizzle the rest of the honey on the top side and turn and grill the second side for another 2-4 minutes. Both sides should be well marked and juicy. Place on a serving platter or cutting board and drizzle with some of the lime dressing. Garnish with cilantro.



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