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Grilled Watermelon, Peach, Cucumber and Feta Salad

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Salads, Grilling and Fresh Fruit

Three signatures of summer dining are big platter salads, grilling and fresh fruit. This fun and tasty recipe combines all three. Grilled watermelon and peaches  are flavor-intensified. Conversely, grilling cucumbers makes them mellow and delicious. The feta adds a salty lift, mint and basil add flavor and freshness and the roasted pepitas add a salty crunch.

Seasonally Summer

This summer-intense grilled watermelon dish is perfect for backyard barbecuing, but can also be chilled and transported to a potluck. Wait until just before you serve to dress and garnish.

So What are Pepitas Anyway?

Pepitas are a type of shell-less or hull-less pumpkin seeds. Therefore, you can eat the whole seed without shelling them. Pepitas are typically eaten roasted and salted. They are high in fiber, healthy fat and protein, as well as a variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

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  Health benefits of eating pepitas include reducing inflammation, reducing cancer risk, and improving bladder and prostate health. Check out this article for more science-backed information on the health benefits of eating pepitas. Pepitas can be purchased at most grocery stores, health food stores and Trader Joe's. I like to use them to garnish salads, gazpacho and soup.

Grilled Watermelon Salad is Healthy and Fun

You can't help but feel virtuous dining on this eat-your-colors grilled watermelon salad. This recipe contains many great ingredients and is such a fun way to add fruits and veggies to your summer diet.

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Thank you to my good friend Debbie for modeling the salad for me!

 

Grilled Watermelon, Peach, Cucumber and Feta Salad

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Yield 4 - 8

You can't help but feel virtuous dining on this eat-your-colors grilled watermelon salad. So many great ingredients and such a fun way to add fruits and veggies to your summer diet. 

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 2 T minced shallot
  • 2 T red balsamic vinegar
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

For the fruit glaze: 

  • 1/4 c fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c honey
  • Pinch kosher salt

For the salad: 

  • 3 ounces arugula (a little more than half a package)
  • 1/2 mini watermelon, about 3 pounds
  • 4 peaches, halved and pits removed.
  • 4 Persian cucumbers, quartered lengthwise
  • 4 green onions
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 big handful mint leaves, cleaned and torn into pieces
  • 1 big handful basil leaves, cleaned and torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup toasted and salted pepitas

Instructions

For the dressing:

  1. Combine shallot, vinegar, oregano and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil to create an emulsion. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.

For the fruit glaze: 

  1. Whisk together lemon juice and honey. Season to taste with kosher salt. Set aside.

For the salad: 

  1. Heat the grill to medium. Slice the watermelon 1" thick, cut off the rind and slice into 4" wedges. Brush the watermelon, peaches and cucumbers with the lemon and honey glaze and grill along with the green onions until nice grill marks are developed, 2 - 3 minutes per side. 
  2. Spread arugula over a large flat platter. Arrange the fruit and green onions over the arugula. Drizzle with dressing and garnish with feta cheese, mint, basil and pepitas. 

Courses Dinner

Cuisine New American

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  1. Mary Eadington says:

    Made this salad tonight!! Perfect for a warm summer dinner….everyone loved it!! Thanks Kim for another winning recipe!

  2. Katy Tomlin says:

    Made this salad for many people and everyone was raving about how delicious it was! I highly recommend everyone make this and try it over the summer! Thanks Kim for a wonderful recipe!!

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