Grilled Watermelon Wedges



As you Grill watermelon wedges will become caramelized drizzled with garlic chili sauce and garnished with cilantro. Serve as a side dish along with rib, chicken or shrimps.

There is definitely a reason for the name given to watermelon ------ the fruit is 92 per cent water. A 2-cup serving of watermelon only have 100 calories, so when you compare that to those 100-calorie snack packs you're not really getting much nutritional value from those, but with watermelon you're getting vitamin A, C, antioxidants, lycopene and all the water.

Much of the watermelon consumed in North America is grown in the U.S.A, which is the fifth largest producer following China, Turkey, Iran and Brazil.

Florida, Texas, California, Georgia, Arizona and Indiana are the leading producing states.

Don't think you only have to eat watermelon for dessert. You should try using a slice of it as “bread” to sandwich cheese is another another way to enjoy the fruit.

It works really well with salty flavours like feta cheese. Combining chopped watermelon and tomatoes into a brochette-type topping gives a double boost of lycopene. Spoon it on top of crackers or crusty whole-grain bread. Watermelon holds its shape well in fruit salads.

Creative cooks may scoop out all of the flesh and then carefully sculpt the rind into a lovely basket in which to serve the salad.

Tips: when choosing a watermelon it should be firm, without bruises, cuts or dents, it should feel heavy. Remember it is 92 % water. Turn the watermelon over to make sure it has a creamy yellow spot, which is where the melon was resting on the ground during ripening. If there is no spot, the melon might have been harvested prematurely, which will effect the sweetness, texture and juiciness.

After cutting always refrigerate or freeze and use like a slushy treat.


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • ¼ cup lime juice (divided)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tsp garlic chili sauce
  • pinch salt
  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro

    Preheat grill to high. In a bowl, whisk together lime zest, lime juice, 3 tbsp honey, chili sauce and salt. Cut watermelon into 1-inch thick wedges. Lightly drizzle each side with remaining honey and place on grill. Grill until just browned, about 2 minutes per side. Place watermelon slices on a plate and drizzle with lime dressing. Garnish with cilantro. Makes 10 serving



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