Monday, June 22, 2009

Grilled Watermelon Salad

I have really been into Bobby Flay lately and he made a similar salad on "Grilling with Bobby Flay" on the Food Network. I had never grilled Watermelon before myself, so I wanted to try it. Unfortunately Kelsey's barbecue was already taken, so we substituted for the pan, but I wanted to post the original recipe for you. It was light and refreshing for a summer salad and I definitely recommend it! It would be perfect to take to a picnic and I urge you to make accordingly as I think the leftovers wouldn't taste nearly as good. Happy Summer! Bon Appetite!

Grilled Watermelon Salad

2 large slices seedless watermelon, about 1 1/2 inches thick
1 medium red onion, cut into very thin strips
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 1/2 cups pitted kalamata olives, cut in half
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
12 to 16 oz. spinach
1 to 2 tbsp. finely chopped basil leaves
1 to 2 tbsp. finely chopped mint leaves

1. Prepare the grill on medium heat - Oil the grate then place watermelon directly on the grill for 2 minutes each side (unfortunately we weren't able to use the grill on this one, but I have used it to do Watermelon before and it is WONDERFUL - it caramelizes 'em)!

2. Combine the onion, feta, and olives in a mixing bowl.

3. Cut the watermelon up into 1 1/2 inch cubes and toss lightly in the bowl with the other ingredients.

4. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour vinaigrette over bowl of other ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then pull out toss the basil and mint on top and serve!

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