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On a hot day, no treat is quite as refreshing as a messy, juice-filled watermelon. But before you move the addictive slices to the table, drop them on the grill for an especially sweet effect. Tangy feta, spicy honey, and fresh mint make Caitlin’s grilled watermelon salad the star side dish at the picnic table. Caroline, Recipe Hunter

Caroline Cassard

THE RECIPE

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Feta

A favorite summer fruit gets the cookout treatment

Watermelon slices are a staple at cook-outs, picnics, and practically any summertime get-together that involves food. Whether you treat it like a palette-cleansing desert, carve the rind into a fruit salad bowl, or never seem to get a slice before it disappears, dribbling down your guests’ faces, you’ve got to try it grilled. The first step is to cover the grill in a layer of thick watermelon slices. After a few minutes on each side, the edges are charred and caramelized, and all the juices are trapped inside, ready to overflow when you take a bite. But before you dig in, combine with crumbling sharp feta, chopped mint, and squeezes of lime. Then generously drizzle the salad with hot chili-infused honey for an extra touch. Tangy, refreshing, sweet, spicy, and tart flavors combine with each bursting bite. As Caitlin says, “This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a suggestion- go grill watermelon.”

THE CHEF

Caitlin Cavagnolo

Self-proclaimed Food Enthusiast

Caitlyn Cavagnolo

My heart skips a beat for farmer's markets. No matter where I am in the world, I seek out food markets since they allow me to explore the local and seasonal offerings of that place. I bring those discoveries home where I attempt to capture the essence of the ingredients through recipes that allow them to shine.

Caitlin is a New Jersey-based home cook with a mission to teach people to enjoy eating seasonally. Her blog, AmourFou(d), is a catalog of her favorite kitchen experiments, farmers market discoveries, and interior design and travel inspirations. Caitlin encourages you to bring your friends together in the tiniest of kitchens, cook with seasonal, simple ingredients, and eat what makes you happy. Her blog exudes a no-stress attitude toward taking on a new dish. To Caitlin, epic kitchen failures are just as fun as successes. What matters is that you enjoy cooking with the people around you. Whether you choose Peach Crepes for brunch with your best friends, or an Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce side dish for a dinner party, Caitlin shows you how to start and end your day with accessible, rustic recipes.

Head over to AmourFou(d) and say hello to Caitlin on Twitter and Facebook.

THE TIP

How to Clean Grill Grates without a Grill Brush

Starting with a clean grill is essential to keep foods from sticking. If you don't have a grill brush, don't worry. You can make one using aluminum foil.

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