i haven’t used my pinterest account in quite a while, but in my exploring of what to do with a lot of left over watermelon, i discovered that there are pages and pages of photos and entire websites devoted to this history rich and nutrient-filled fruit. sunny and i were torn between making a thai watermelon salad or grilling wedges of watermelon and flavoring with a sweet and spicy sauce. not having any ginger in the house, we decided on the latter and saved some of the watermelon to make sweet watermelon coolers.
the recipe that we adapted was one we found on watermelon.org (the link is above). their recipe uses honey, which isn’t technically vegan so for an entirely vegan version, the honey can be replaced with raw agave nectar.
slice your seedless watermelon into 1 inch quartered wedges, the dressing which you’ll add after you grill the watermelon, makes enough for one medium sized melon. drizzle the fruit lightly with agave nectar and place on the grill over medium-high heat. we left some room for our veggie burgers and corn on the cob!
grill the watermelon until brown and caramelized, about 3-4 minutes each side. when ready, place on a dish and drizzle with the dressing and garnish with fresh cilantro.
incredible sweet and spicy lime dressing
- whisk together in small bowl:
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon of freshly grated lime zest
- 1/4 cup of raw agave nectar (replacing the honey in original recipe)
- 2 teaspoons of sriracha chili sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
this simple recipe created such a complex flavored dish. i can’t wait to share it with friends! we have a some left over watermelon marinating in the fridge, which i plan on mixing with some corn, black beans and pasta for dinner tonight! i’ll let you know how it is!
how do you eat your watermelon?