Monday, June 27, 2016

A Summer Grilled Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad

Summer is a wonderful season for salad lovers with all the fresh fruits and vegetables coming to market.  I tend to fall into a rut with my salads, making the same old salad over and over again.  Do you do the same?  In the past week, I've noticed beautiful watermelon displays in the produce section of my grocery store.  With watermelon hitting its peak over the next few weeks I thought I would branch out and try a salad made with watermelon as the star ingredient.

Grilled Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad

Grilled Watermelon Salad for Summer
A Grilled Watermelon Salad for Summer

I've seen lots of watermelon salads over the years in magazines, on television cooking shows and on Pinterest.  Today's recipe is inspired by all those other watermelon salad recipes but was made with tasty ingredients I had on hand.  I encourage you to do the same.
Grilled Watermelon Salad for Summer

Your pantry and refrigerator may not contain the same ingredients I had on hand to make this salad.  Feel free to be adventurous with other ingredients you love.  Instead of goat cheese, you might try feta cheese or Gorgonzola cheese.  You don't have any fresh mint?  Try  a little fresh basil or fresh thyme instead.
Grilled watermelon and goat cheese salad for a summer dinner.

Grilled Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad

Grilled watermelon salad ingredients
Grilled Watermelon Salad Ingredients
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Makes four servings
  • Slices of seedless watermelon cut into triangles, 3 per salad
  • 1 bag mixed baby lettuce
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, cut into small chunks
  • 1 small red onion cut into very thin slices
  • 4-8 fresh mint leaves, chopped 
  • 1-Tablespoon any good balsamic vinegar, I used a specialty flavored vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your grill.  Cut the watermelon into triangles.  Place the watermelon triangles on the grill, cooking for a minute or two on each side.  You want the watermelon to be warmed and have grill marks.  Remove to a plate.

Grilled Watermelon
Grill Marks on Your Watermelon

Divide the baby lettuce among four plates.  Cut the watermelon into chunks and divide among the plates.

Top with the salad with sliced onion and pieces of goat cheese.  Sprinkle with the chopped mint.

Mix together the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.

Sweet and Tart Grilled Watermelon Salad
A Perfect Summer Salad

This is a lovely, fresh-tasting salad that is sure to get you out of your salad rut.  The contrast of the sweet watermelon with the tart goat cheese and balsamic dressing will delight you taste buds.

This Blueberry Salad will also perk up your summer salad menu.

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