Sun & Salads | Grilled Watermelon Salad

grilled watermelon salad

by guest contributor Patty Joy

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, so that means entertaining is most likely on your list of things to do. And whether you are a guest or the host, this salad is sure to impress. While I am someone who loves everything and anything fancy, my gatherings are usually casual & relaxed. This salad fits both of those elements beautifully.

I wanted to do a watermelon salad that was on the savory side, but the fact that I am not a trained chef really came out on this one. All my attempts seemed to be average at best, until I found the right combination of fresh ingredients that created the taste I was looking for.

This grilled watermelon salad is quite simple but elegant at the same time. Grilling the watermelon adds a rustic flavor, while its presentation adds a bit of flair!

Ingredients…

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* 1 small watermelon
* Micro Arugula 2.5 oz container
* 2 heirloom tomatoes
* 1 red onion
* ¾ cup feta cheese
* Olive oil
* Balsamic Vinegar
* 1 tsp. lemon juice
* Kosher salt

Prep…

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* Cut your watermelon into 1 inch thick rectangular pieces. Place them on a hot grill for about 1-2 minutes on each side to caramelize & create grill marks.

* Remove them from the grill & refrigerate to chill the watermelon.

* Slice your tomatoes, slice your red onion into fine rounds, crumble the feta, & place to a side.

* When you are ready to assemble, dress your greens.

* After you have washed & thoroughly dried your micro-arugula, mix in 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, & 1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Gently toss.

Assembly…

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* Place your grilled watermelon pieces on a platter.

* Dress them lightly with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle with kosher salt.

* Add your heirloom tomato, thinly sliced rounds of red onion, a generous mound of your dressed micro-arugula, and finish with crumbled feta.

I hope this grilled watermelon salad makes its debut at your next gathering!

Enjoy the Holiday Weekend!

 

Food & Lifestyle blogger Patty Joy writes about her approach to a balanced and mindful life while living in the hustle & bustle of LA. She shares healthy recipes, her ideas about staying in good health through food, fitness (which she prefers to call moving your body) & ways to stay connected with ones true soul self, as well as a glimpse into her personal life through family, motherhood & travel.   * Find Patty on Instagram at FoodandSoul

3 Comments

  • Fashion Musings Diary

    May 23, 2014 |

    Yummy and perfect for Spring!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

  • Annie

    May 23, 2014 |

    I have read your blog for about two years now but have never commented…I am currently making this salad but adding bacon to it to make it into a BLT dinner salad (would be way tasty with prosciutto but they didn’t have any at my grocery store). So excited to eat this that I had to post! Thanks for always keeping me inspired!

  • MA

    May 24, 2014 |

    Looks tasty! Love the combo of tomato and watermelon. 🙂