Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Grilled Watermelon Salad




When I was nine years old I won a televised watermelon eating contest. Yup that's right, I was on a small game show called 'Dialing For Dollars' which was broad casted out of Philadelphia. Audience members voted on who they thought would be the winner. I was competing against two pimply fourteen year old boys, who immediately assumed I was a big joke. Even at nine, their lack of respect only charged my watermelon engine. I kicked @$$, winning a 25.00 dollars gift certificate to Sears. I remember purchasing a furry hot pink bean bag chair and hoop earrings. For a nine year old life was good.



As an adult I still like watermelon, I just find myself searching for new ways to serve it. The idea of grilling watermelon sounded really interesting. The result was a delicious summer salad loaded with lots of terrific flavors and great color.




  • Mixed baby greens

  • 1 small watermelon sliced

  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese crumbled

  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

  • olive oil

  • aged balsamic vinegar

  • salt

  • fresh ground pepper


Place baby greens on plate, top with feta and toasted pine nuts. On a very hot grill sear watermelon slices on both sides. Remove from grill and cut into cubes. (Be careful to cut at least 1/2 an inch from rind, as I learned that grilled rind is very funky). Place cubes on top of greens. Drizzle with aged balsamic and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, serve ASAP.

16 comments:

  1. This sounds delicious -- watermelon and feta are one of my favorite combinations -- but quickly grilling the melon is genius

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  2. Very unique... glad you stopped by...you have a nice blog

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  3. Oh yes! You kicked some watermelon ass! Hahahaa! I've got a mental pic of you chugging down that watermelon with you little mouth...can't help giggling!

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  4. Very cute story, and very delicious looking salad! I haven't tried grilling watermelon yet, so I'll have to try this...thanks!

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  5. I have to try a grilled watermelon! Sounds delicious and the feta and pine nuts are a great flavor combination!

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  6. I am drooling... this sounds fantastic!

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  7. This sounds wonderful and very unique!

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  8. I bet grilling the watermelon carmelizes it a bit. It sounds like a refreshing salad. -Tien

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  9. What a cute story! Great idea grilling watermelon, I never thought of that!

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  10. What a clever and grown-up way to dish up watermelon! Hahah the contest thing is hilarious... don't you just love those moments to be immortalized by the magic of TV?!

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  11. Grilled watermelon? That sounds amazing. I so have to try that this summer. I love a salad with watermelon though. So refreshing!

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  12. What a fantastic idea! I love watermelon with a squeeze of lemon, fresh cracked black pepper and blue cheese.

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  13. P.S. (to last comment above) I referenced your watermelon salad in my blog today -- you inspired me!

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  14. ohhhh, I loved grilled fruit and have wondered if you could do watermelon. Now I know and will give this a try. It sounds yummy!

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  15. What a great summer salad! I can't wait to try it

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