Grilled watermelon salad with feta, mint and lime
- June 04, 2013 |
- by Kirstin Uhrenholdt
Grilled watermelon is a juicy surprise, raw and crunchy on the inside, smoky and caramelized on the outside. Toss it with salty feta, tangy lime and bright mint and you have a perfect salad for picnic dinners with crickets and fireflies.
8 slices of seedless watermelon, each the size of a small deck of cards
2 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil
5 teaspoons fresh lime juice, divided
4 slices of feta cheese, about 4 ounces total
A small handful fresh mint leaves
3 cups of greens (arugula, watercress or mache)
A nice sea salt
Toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
To make 4 servings
Heat up your grill (or grill pan), until it is very hot.
Pat the melon slices dry with a paper towel and place them on the grill. Grill on one side only, without moving it, until grill-marked, about 2 minutes (you want to keep the inside raw so try not to overcook).
Toss the greens with 3 teaspoons lime, the olive oil and a few pinches salt. Put the greens on a large platter and top with 4 pieces of watermelon, grill-marked side up. Top with the feta, and then the remaining melon. Drizzle the remaining lime juice over the watermelon. Garnish with mint, pumpkinseeds and a sprinkling of salt.
* Add a little cayenne for spice.
* Replace the melon and feta with grilled peaches and fresh mozzarella or burrata.