Meatless Monday: Grilled Watermelon Salad

IMG_7587Okay, before I get into this recipe I want to say, go visit Montreal! UM beautiful! We were about an hour north of the city on a beautiful lake…boating, jacuzzi, board games, grilling & friends – what more could you want! It was around a 6hour drive from Boston – super simple, but by the time we got home I wanted to veg out on the couch. The hub went straight to bed cause he was feeling sick, so clearly the idea of the grocery store was not in the cards! With half a watermelon in the fridge, I decided to whip up a Meatless Monday dish on Sunday!

I got my inspiration to grill watermelon from the grilled shrimp salad I posted last week. Boy oh boy how I love grilling anything! Hope you enjoy this simple & light salad!

  1. Prepare & store tofu ‘feta’ (find recipe here) or buy regular feta cheese (I made the tofu ‘feta’ & cut the fridge time to 2hours)
  2. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2C apple cider vinegar & 2T honey*
  3. Slice 1 small red onion very thinly, place in vinegar bowl & toss – refrigerate for at least 20minutes (I stored mine for 3hours – OMG good!)
  4. Cut 2 pieces of watermelon (1inch think each), remove rind & chop into bite size chunks
  5. Grill watermelon on high for roughly 3minutes on each side or until grill marks appear

To assemble, place grilled watermelon on a large plate, top 1/2C  red onion (no juice), 1/4C crumbled tofu ‘feta’ & a sprinkle of chopped cilantro – then drizzle 2T of the juice from the red onion mix.

*We just got homemade honey from our friend – his pops makes it in Flora, Indiana! Literally, he has his own beehives & tends to them! This honey is so pure & smooth, can’t wait to get more from him!

Nutritional Info Per Salad: 200 calories – 2 grams of fat – 44 carbs – 9 grams of protein

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Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail

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I was at a friends BBQ last weekend & I brought all the goodies to make this bad boy. Within minutes, my friend’s house was looming with the smell of fresh mint & watermelon – everyone’s nose was leading them into the kitchen. Amidst making my first batch I was told to double it up!

This drink is not only super tasty, but all the fresh goodness (watermelon, blueberries & mint) really masks the strong tequila & gives your drink a healthy twist! This drink is dangerously delicious! So pump up your Memorial Day BBQ game & make this to sip on!

Now on to the mixology…

  1. Prepare 8C of diced, seedless watermelon – place in blender & purée until smooth
  2. In a small saucepan heat 1/4C water & 1/4C sugar – stir, let sugar dissolve & cool
  3. Grab a large bowl or pitcher & combine the sugar syrup, 1/4C fresh lime juice, 1 and 3/4C blueberries  & 3/4C fresh mint leaves – using a wooden spoon slightly muddle
  4. Once muddled add 1 and 1/4C silver tequila

Serve over ice – If you want to go wild & crazy rim the glass with sugar (yum) & add a slice of watermelon!

Nutritional Info Per Cocktail (Serves 8 drinks): 160 calories – 0 fat – 16 carbs – 2 grams of protein

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