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Grilled Watermelon Salad With Sesame Dressing

Give Poke a Vegetarian-Friendly Spin

The following post was written by Coco M. who blogs at Opera Girl Cooks and is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.

If you've never grilled watermelon before, well, you're not alone! A quick trip over the coals intensifies the melon's sweetness and concentrates its texture, making it similar to raw tuna. It pairs beautifully with a spicy soy vinaigrette. Try this out for a beachy snack — you can serve it as a simple salad, or with fried wonton crisps for a fantastic appetizer.

Grilled Watermelon Poke With Sesame Soy Vinaigrette

Serves 10-12

Ingredients

1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
1 large garlic clove, pressed
1/3 cup rice vinegar (unseasoned variety)
1/3 cup canola or other vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin 
1 medium seedless watermelon
1 green onion, sliced thinly on the diagonal
Shichimi togarashi seasoning

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Directions

1. Preheat a grill pan, panini press, or outdoor grill. 

2. In a 2-cup Tupperware or glass jar, combine the ginger, garlic, vinegar, oils, soy sauce, and mirin. Shake to mix thoroughly, and set aside. 

3. Use a large chef's knife to halve the watermelon lengthwise, then slice into 1-inch-thick half moons. Cut off the rinds and discard them. 

4. Brush each slice of watermelon liberally with the vinaigrette, then grill for 3 minutes on each side (or 5 minutes total if you're using a panini press). 

5. Remove watermelon from the grill, slice into 1-inch cubes, and put in serving bowls. Top with sliced green onion and shichimi togarashi seasoning, and serve.

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