Grilled Watermelon Salad

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Grill: 4 mins
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Grilled Watermelon Salad
Ingredients
2
1-inch-thick slices watermelon
10
cups chopped romaine lettuce
3
cups cooked quinoa
1
recipe Pickled Radishes
1
recipe Honey-Lime Vinaigrette
2
medium avocados, seeded, peeled, and sliced or coarsely chopped
1/4
teaspoon chili powder
1/2
cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese (2 ounces)
2
tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
Directions
  1. For a charcoal or gas grill, place watermelon on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium-high heat. Grill about 4 minutes or until watermelon is lightly charred, turning once halfway through grilling.
  2. Spread lettuce on a large serving platter. In a large bowl combine quinoa and Pickled Radishes. Add 2/3 cup of the Honey-Lime Vinaigrette; toss to coat. Spoon quinoa mixture on top of lettuce.
  3. Cut each watermelon slice into four wedges. Arrange watermelon wedges and avocados on salad; sprinkle with chili powder. Top with queso fresco and cilantro. Serve salad with the remaining vinaigrette.
From the Test Kitchen
To Make Ahead:

Prepare as directed through Step 2, except do not spoon quinoa mixture on top of lettuce. Cover and chill watermelon, lettuce, quinoa mixture, and the remaining vinaigrette separately for up to 24 hours. To serve, spoon quinoa mixture on top of lettuce and continue as directed in Step 3.

Shortcut:

Instead of making Pickled Radishes, use 1 cup thinly sliced fresh radishes. Use about 1 cup bottled vinaigrette salad dressing in place of the Honey-Lime Vinaigrette.

Pickled Radishes
Ingredients
1/2
cup cider vinegar
1/3
cup honey
1
teaspoon salt
1
bunch radishes, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl combine vinegar, honey, and salt, stirring to dissolve honey and salt. Stir in radishes. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to 4 hours. Drain before using.
Honey-Lime Vinaigrette
Ingredients
1 1/2
teaspoons finely shredded lime peel or lemon peel
6
tablespoons lime juice or lemon juice
1/4
cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1/4
cup honey
1 1/2
tablespoons finely chopped shallot or snipped fresh chives
1 1/2
tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
1/2
teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. In a screw-top jar combine lime peel, lime juice, oil, honey, shallot, cilantro, and salt. Cover and shake well. Chill, covered, for at least 20 minutes (up to 3 days). Shake before serving.
Nutrition Facts (Grilled Watermelon Salad)
    Per serving:
  • 294 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 9 g monounsatured fat),
  • 5 mg chol.,
  • 298 mg sodium,
  • 37 g carb.,
  • 6 g fiber,
  • 16 g sugar,
  • 6 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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