Grilled Watermelon Salad, 8/21/13

      Michael Lanari

      Kitchen & Bath Concepts



      • 1/2 (5-pound) seedless watermelon
      • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
      • Extra-virgin olive oil
      • Kosher salt
      • 2 cups fresh baby arugula or spinach, washed and dried
      • 1 cup goat cheese, crumbled
      • Fresh finely cracked black pepper


      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 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 greens 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 greens. 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.