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Your search for the perfect summer side is over—grilled watermelon salad topped with feta and mint balances sweetness and saltiness, making it an excellent complement to a cookout or backyard barbecue. The right amounts of balsamic vinegar and salt work with a little char to make watermelon sing in a completely new way, while olive oil and black pepper tie it all together. To switch things up, try goat cheese instead of feta or serve this atop some fresh arugula, mixed greens, or your favorite salad blend. 

Recipe by Health July 2011


Credit: Kana Okada

Recipe Summary

15 mins
10 mins
25 mins
Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups salad)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat until very hot. Two at a time, grill watermelon rounds, turning once, until charred (about 2-3 minutes per side). Transfer watermelon to a cutting board and remove rind; cut rounds into wedges.

  • Arrange watermelon on a serving platter; sprinkle with mint and feta. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

122 calories; fat 4.7g; saturated fat 1.8g; mono fat 2.2g; poly fat 0.4g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 19g; fiber 1.5g; cholesterol 8mg; iron 2mg; sodium 208mg; calcium 79mg.