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Grilled Watermelon Salad With Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette

Grilled Watermelon Salad With Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette
PREP TIME
1h
YIELDS
6-8 servings

Tossed with a honey-and-hot-sauce-flavoured vinaigrette for extra zing, this hearty salad makes grilled watermelon the star.

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Ingredients

Vinaigrette

½
cup plus 2 Tbsp olive oil
¼
cup honey
¼
cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes) plus zest of 1 lime
¼
cup minced shallots (from 1 large)
3
Tbsp hot sauce, preferably Texas Pete
2
large garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salad

2
Tbsp salted butter
1
cup pecan halves
2
Tbsp brown sugar
1
small seedless watermelon
1 5-
to 6-ounce box baby arugula
1
cup sliced strawberries
½
cup blueberries
4
oz premium-quality blue cheese
¼
cup chopped fresh parsley
¼
cup sliced scallions
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Directions

Step 1

Combine the oil, honey, lime juice, zest, shallots, hot sauce, garlic and salt and pepper in a bowl to make a sweet and spicy vinaigrette. Set aside.

Step 2

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Toss in the pecans and brown sugar, stirring to coat. Cook over medium heat until the sugar begins to caramelize, about 3 minutes. Spread out pecans on prepared baking sheet to cool.

Step 3

Heat an outdoor gas grill to high or prepare a charcoal grill for high, direct-heat grilling. Trim the ends off the watermelon. Stand the watermelon on one cut end and cut in half, then cut each half in half again. Cut the quarters into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Brush the vinaigrette on both sides of the watermelon slices. Add the watermelon slices to the grill in a single layer and cook until warmed through and grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cool the watermelon, then cut into cubes. (You won’t use all the watermelon for the salad. Use as much as you like.)

Step 4

Layer the arugula leaves, grilled watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, blue cheese, pecans, parsley and scallions in a salad bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss just before serving.

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