Friday, September 2, 2011

Perfect (Labor Day) Recipe - Grilled Watermelon w/ Arugula & Goat Cheese

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Happy Friday!! Have a great 3 day weekend, everyone!!
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Grilled Watermelon Salad

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1/2 (5-pound) seedless watermelon
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt (specialty salt is great here, if on hand)
  • 2 cups fresh baby arugula, washed and dried
  • 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled, preferably a French Chevre
  • Fresh finely cracked black pepper

Directions

Stand the watermelon half cut side down on a cutting board and slice away the rind, leaving a solid block of melon. Turn the block on its side and cut it into 8 squares, roughly 3 by 3 inches and 1-inch thick.

Pour the vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to a thick syrup consistency. Set aside.

Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle just enough olive oil over watermelon slices to thinly coat and place on hot grill pan. Grill each side about 2 minutes until grill marks appear; transfer to a plate and season with salt.

To assemble the salads, put about 1/4 cup of baby arugula on a serving plate, followed by a grilled slice of watermelon in the center, and top with a tablespoon of crumbled cheese and another 1/4 cup arugula. Add another watermelon slice and another tablespoon of cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Finish each salad with a very light drizzle of olive oil and balsamic syrup. Dust with black pepper and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy Claire Robinson - Photos Courtesy of The Food Network & Jupiter Images

8 comments:

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

Wow - never heard of that before - it sounds good.

Paula said...

Sounds delish! Happy weekend to you Sabina!

Dancing Branflake said...

Not a fan of watermelon but I do love the idea of the sweet and light fruit with the savory goatcheese and arugula. Great combo!

Honeygo Beasley said...

OMG, mouth watering!!!!

If you don't have a grill, this might be a great combo cold as well, don't you think?

Happy Labor Day weekend - this is a perfect recipe for the holiday weekend. Thanks, Sabina!

Content in a Cottage said...

Sabina...This sounds quite intriguing. I've done sweet and savory watermelon salads with feta but have never heard of grilled watermelon. I'm sure it would be delicious. Happy Labor Day.
xo, Rosemary

Meg the Wild Child said...

WHOA! I'm still trying to wrap my little pea brain around this one Sabina! But it sounds so intriguing and delicious! Leave it to you to do something so unique and amazing :)

Hope your Labor Day was awesome! xoxo

declaratii fiscale said...

Hmmm this recipe looks so delicious and nice and i think that fits perfect with my taste and in my opinion is a very easy recipe, so i think i will try it. Thanks for sharing.

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Looks yummy!!

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