Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Grilled Watermelon Salad” Reviewed by Momizat on . The Fourth of July is fast approaching.  It is the holiday made for grilling out with all of your close friends and family. It’s like a nation-wide tailgate The Fourth of July is fast approaching.  It is the holiday made for grilling out with all of your close friends and family. It’s like a nation-wide tailgate Rating:
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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Grilled Watermelon Salad”

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Grilled Watermelon Salad”

The Fourth of July is fast approaching.  It is the holiday made for grilling out with all of your close friends and family. It’s like a nation-wide tailgate ending in fanfare and fireworks.

One of my favorite things to throw on the grill these days is watermelon.  A few minutes on the heat turns the sweet summer treat into something almost savory and rich with the concentrated sugars creating a nice caramelized edge.  I actually love to just eat these alone as a light entrée, but to serve a crowd I will chop it up and toss it into a salad with arugula and feta. I guarantee this salad will be a hit in your holiday spread.

Grilled Watermelon Salad

1/4 of a large watermelon or 1/2 of a small one

4-5 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

5 oz. bag of arugula or baby spinach

1/8 c. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

 

Slice the watermelon into pieces about 1 1/2″ thick. Toss these onto a hot grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until they have nice char marks and are heated all the way through. Remove the grilled watermelon to a platter and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Then chop the fruit into large cubes.

Toss the watermelon in a large bowl with the feta, arugula, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately.

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Sarah Bode-Clark was born in raised in small-town Kansas. She attended Kansas State University where she received a BA in Theatre and Spanish. A few years after college in the "Little Apple" she moved to the Big Apple--New York City--with her husband, Joe. She loves all things food and spends her time cooking, eating, catering, and waiting tables. Her culinary pursuits are documented on her blog, Chomping the Big Apple (http://chompdown.blogspot.com). On top of food, Sarah has always had a passion for sports, starting as a t-ball player when she was six, and as she played volleyball, basketball, and ran track through high school. Currently she has left behind the group sports and spends her free time running, and has run the NYC Marathon 3 times, hoping for number 4 in 2012. She also gets a big workout every week during the fall cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs (she is a pretty active/crazy/intense fan), and though she has never followed baseball as closely as other sports, the Royals have always had a special place in her heart.

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