Grilled Watermelon Salad with Roasted Figs

Grilling and roasting fruit develops caramel flavors. Adding a small amount of intensely flavored, hard cheese like ricotta salata and a bit of sea salt, like fleur de sel, heightens these caramel flavors, making a fresh fruit salad seem like a decadent dessert.

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Roasted Figs

slices of watermelon on a cutting board
Serves 6
  • 2 pounds watermelon, peeled
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime, zested and then juiced
  • 9 fresh figs
  • 2 ounces ricotta salata cheese
  • 2 ounces micro greens or baby greens
  • 2 tablespoons fig or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon fleur de sel
  1. Preheat your grill to medium high and preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the watermelon into small triangles about 4 inches by 3 inches and about a ½-inch thick; you should have 12 pieces.  Brush with olive oil and chill. Chill six medium-sized salad or dessert plates for serving the salad.
  3. Zest and juice the lime and set aside 1 tablespoon of juice for dressing the greens.
  4. Cut the figs in half and place cut side up on a sheet pan. Brush with olive oil.  Roast for 15 minutes, or until they are soft.
  5. Grate the ricotta salata on a microplane or small grater and set aside in the refrigerator.
  6. Place the chilled plates out on the counter and drizzle with a little of the fig or maple syrup. Grill the watermelon triangles by marking each side for about 45 seconds, repeat until you have cross-hatch marks on either side. Place two pieces of watermelon over the fig or maple syrup and arrange decoratively. Drizzle each plate with lime juice and sprinkle with a little zest.
  7. Place the microgreens or baby greens in a small bowl and add the lime juice.  Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss to coat. Place a small mound on each of the six plated watermelons; sprinkle with ricotta salata.
  8. Place three fig halves around the salad and garnish with fleur de sel; serve immediately.

Nutrition facts:

Per 1/6 of recipe 230 calories 8 grams of protein 28 grams of carbohydrates 3 grams of fiber 345 milligrams of sodium 350 milligrams of potassium 11 grams of fat ( 3 grams of saturated fat 7 grams of monounsaturated fat 1 grams of polyunsaturated fat ) 8 milligrams of cholesterol

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