There is nothing like grilling to bring out the sweetness of fruit. And in this recipe, grilled watermelon is the star. Sprinkling the watermelon with just a bit of kosher salt enhances the flavor of the fruit and helps the watermelon caramelize when grilled.
The addition of mint to this watermelon and feta salad gives this recipe a hint of coolness that perfectly balances the juicy sweetness of the watermelon and the salty creaminess of the feta cheese.
This watermelon salad is not only light and refreshing, it is quite healthy, too. Packed with protein, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C, this watermelon feta salad is a great addition to just about any meal.
And this grilled watermelon salad makes a great take-along dish to a Father’s Day or 4th of July party, or virtually any summer occasion. Serve this salad with anything from barbecued chicken to citrus baked tilapia for a light and easy summer dinner. Throw some oven fried zucchini or baked sweet potato fries on the side and serve strawberry fruit pizza for dessert, and you’ve got an elegant and healthy meal everyone will love!
Grilled Watermelon Salad
- 6 slices seedless watermelon
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 6 cups romaine or bibb lettuce (cut into bite-sized pieces)
- 1 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Prepare grill or heat a cast iron grill pan over medium heat. Sprinkle kosher salt over watermelon slices. Place watermelon on grill in a single layer (you will have to do this in batches if you’re using an indoor grill pan). Cook 2 minutes, then flip and cook another 2 minutes. Remove to a cutting board and allow watermelon to cool, 5 minutes. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
Place the lettuce in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Top with watermelon pieces, fresh chopped mint, then the feta cheese. Pour the lemon juice over the salad and toss lightly. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.