Grilled Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Chicken

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You can get the recipe for the salad here. I added the chicken on my own to round it out.

1/2 (5-pound) seedless watermelon
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt (specialty salt is great here, if on hand)
2 cups fresh baby arugula, washed and dried
1 cup goat cheese, crumbled, preferably a French Chevre
Fresh finely cracked black pepper
2 chicken breasts, marinated for 20 minutes in balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and grilled, then sliced thinly

Stand the watermelon half cut side down on a cutting board and slice away the rind, leaving a solid block of melon. Turn the block on its side and cut it into 8 squares, roughly 3 by 3 inches and 1-inch thick.

Pour the vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to a thick syrup consistency. Set aside.

Grill each watermelon slice about 2 minutes on a George Foreman until grill marks appear; transfer to a plate and season with salt.

To assemble the salads, put about 1/4 cup of baby arugula on a serving plate, followed by a grilled slice of watermelon in the center, and top with a tablespoon of crumbled cheese and another 1/4 cup arugula. Add another watermelon slice and another tablespoon of cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients and top with chicken. Finish each salad with a very light drizzle of olive oil and balsamic syrup. Dust with black pepper and serve immediately.

3 comments
  1. This was tasty. I am not sure if it was my batch of arugula or the very coarse setting on my pepper grinder, but it was a lot more peppery than I anticipated. I think the chicken really makes the dish, but I would definitely make this again. Very simple.

    That said, I had a hard time with the watermelon. I’ll just leave it “raw” next time. Whether it was my using the Foreman or just my lack of skill, I had difficulty getting grill marks and ended up with some overly mushy watermelon pieces.

  2. That sounds delicious. I love goat cheese and arugula. Yum! I have heard a lot this summer of this type of salad. I think it’s the Trend of Summer 09.

  3. I can say without reservation that this is one of the most flavorful dishes I’ve ever tasted! Would most definitely have this again, especially with the chicken.

    It’s also one of the best Summer meals I’ve ever had, too. Definitely fit this one in during the warm weather!

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