Grilled Watermelon Salad With Honey-Citrus Syrup
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Grilled Watermelon Salad With Honey-Citrus Syrup

When grilled, watermelon gains a slight smoky flavor, but maintains its crisp texture and sweet taste. Eaten alone or added to a salad, grilling watermelon adds a new twist to a summertime classic. To reduce sodium and fat in this dish, leave off the feta cheese crumbles.

Yield: approximately 4, 1-cup servings

Preparation

Preheat grill to medium-high. Quarter the watermelon and then cut quarters into 1-inch-thick slices. Brush each slice with honey and place on the grill. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side until slightly browned.

Place watermelon slices on a plate for cooling. Remove rind and cut watermelon into bite-size chunks. Place chunks in a serving bowl and top with the honey-citrus syrup. Top with feta cheese crumbles.

You can experiment by adding herbs, such as mint or basil, as well as adding toasted nuts, such as almonds or pecans, and substituting a mixture of ricotta cheese and honey for the feta cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 three-to-four pound watermelon, sliced
  • Some honey for brushing watermelon slices
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Juice of 1 large navel orange
  • 3 tablespoons mild honey, such as clover honey
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

Nutritional Data Per Serving

  • Calories: 170
  • Fat: 4.2 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 31 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Sodium: 251 milligrams

Recipe adapated by Vicki Hope, EHC dietetic intern, from Susan Russo at Food Blogga.

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