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Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad

July 17, 2015

Seared Watermelon and cucumbers on the grill drizzled with a simple Thai dressing and tossed with fresh radishes, mint and Thai Basil leaves.

Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

Yes you heard that right, I grilled Watermelon and cucumbers on the BBQ. Hey don't knock it until you tried it.  I promise you, I will make you a converter. The grilling process makes the watermelon and cucumbers like little crisp sponges ready to absorb all of the delicious flavors and the dressing.

Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

You are just going to love this recipe as it like explosion of flavors going on in your mouth. The sweetness of the watermelon is intensified by the grilling process. The cucumbers are crisp and chargrilled. The little extra crunch from the radishes and red onions make for a fun salad. The dressing is super simple just a little fish sauce, fresh lime juice, mint, Thai basil and of course some chilis.

Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad is happily vegan, low fat, cardiac friendly, lactose free, gluten free (if you use gluten free fish sauce or just use salt instead) and diabetic friendly if you increase the amount of cucumbers to watermelon slices in your salad).

Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

Thai cuisine is all about balance in sweet, salty, sour and spicy. The sweet in the Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad comes naturally from the super sweet in season watermelon, The salty comes from the fish sauce, but if you do not have this ingredient or if you are going gluten free, just adjust your seasoning with salt and pepper. The sour comes from the fresh limes and the spicy and heat comes from the chilis.

Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

Do you remember my Spiced Yam and Vegetable Stir Fry?  We talked about how eating really cold and icy foods and drinks is really hard on your body. You should try to eat foods that are closer to your body temperature to avoid health issues according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). If your body is more of the cold constitution, your body has to exert loads of energy to bring the body temperature to the correct temperature so it can digest the foods. If of cold constitution, it is hard to digest foods; they sit it the gut a longer period of time so you have stomach issues, etc. If your body is of a warm constitution your body can easily bring the temperature up to the correct temperature to digest the food but the problem is that it cannot bring the temperature back down and you have other issues like an overactive stomach, always hungry, dry mouth.

Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

Not to overwhelm you with TCM, however it is also believed that each food we consume has a cold (yin), warm (yang) or neutral attribute. The goal in TCM is to balance the body and you should not eat too many cold foods or too many warm attribute foods. If you do have cold foods then it is good to mix with a few warm foods or spices so that it creates balance.

Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad / http://bamskitchen.com

The grilling process brings this dish to a more comfortable room temperature dish which really brings out the flavours of the dish and really is better for your health. According to TCM both cucumbers, mint and watermelon fall into the cold food category but combining with a little red chili, sweet basil and red onion are warming, so this helps balance the dish.  In addition, this recipe grills the watermelon and cucumber and is served at room temperature, not cold. By all means however, you can serve this salad cold. Even if you do not want to grill the watermelon or cucumber this is still a beautiful salad just as it is.

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Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad

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July 17, 2015

Seared Watermelon and cucumbers on the grill drizzled with a simple Thai dressing and tossed with fresh radishes, mint and Thai Basil leaves.

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

Thai Salad Dressing

lime juice - juice of 1 large lime or about 1/8 cup

fish sauce - 1 tablespoon (if you do not have just add a little bit of salt to balance the dish)

chili peppers - 1-2 chopped (as desired to you heat liking)

Salad Fixings

watermelon - 2.5 pounds or about 6 slices or 4 cups (horizontally slice watermelon and leave on the rind)

cucumber - 2 small (deseeded, cut into lengthwise quarters -leave the skin on)

onion - 1 small red onion sliced (or can use green onion chopped if you like)

radishes - 5-6 sliced thinly

mint leaves - 1 small bunch or about 1/8 cup (chopped)

Thai basil - 1 small bunch or about 1/8 cup (chopped)- if you cannot find Thai Basil just exchange with regular sweet Italian basil and just as delicious

Directions

1Step 1:  Make the Thai Dressing: Mix lime juice, fish sauce and chili peppers together and set aside.

2Grill Watermelon and cucumber slices on the grill for just about 2-3 minutes on each side just to get a slight grill marks. Remove the rinds and white portion of the watermelon. slice in long lengthwise slices to match the length of the cucumbers. Cut the cucumbers in half to be about the same size as the watermelon slices. (I like my food symmetrical as it makes it easier to eat)

3Combine the sliced watermelon, cucumbers, radishes and onions into a bowl. Drizzle on the Thai dressing and add mint and Thai basil and toss gently.

4Serve your Thai Grilled Watermelon Salad at room temperature or cold to your liking.

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  • I cannot wait for summer to make this! Fabulous!
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      I hope summer comes soon for you too! Take care, BAM

  • I’m with Mandy, bring on the summer to start eating vibrant and delicious and oh so yummy fresh foods. 🙂
    I do trust you when you say, dont knock it till you try it, but warm cucumber does make me instinctively shake my head in disagreement. It would change the texture in a way I dont really enjoy. BUT… I havent tried, soooooo! 😀

    • Bams Kitchen

      Anna, when you grill the cucumbers it is just for a couple of moments on each side so they stay crisp and delicious. You will just have give it a try but once your Aussie winter has past. I hope you will give it a try.

  • I am going to have to give this a go, everyone here grows watermelons and I did one year but never really know what to do with them all! This sounds like an excellent start 😀

    • Bams Kitchen

      Growing your own watermelons, is awesome. However, yeah really what do you do with all of them as they have to be eaten in a certain time frame. Well here is one more recipe to put in your arsenal… Have a super weekend, Brian!

  • harrietemilys

    Woooooww grilled cucumber and watermelon?! I’ve never tried that before! It sounds amazing! I love the combo of them with Thai flavours too, thats something I also haven’t tried before. I’m definitely going to have to make this – it’s the perfect summer dish! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • This looks delicious! I was just munching on some watermelon from the refrigerator…I’ve never thought to grill it! I bet the caramelized sugars are heavenly. 🙂 Yummed!

  • I’ve been thinking of grilling pineapple but never thought to grill watermelon! Putting this on my to-make list!

  • This looks delicious and your photos are beautiful.

  • kitchenriffs

    I love it when you discuss TCM! So much I don’t know, and I’m always happy to learn more. Anyway, grilled watermelon is awesome! Never tried grilling cukes, though — need to do that. This is a terrific salad — thanks so much.

  • I cannot wait for watermelon season to try grilling some. What a great idea 🙂

  • I really love this recipe, love the summer side with grilling and the salad is so refreshing. I was blown away when I grilled an avocado so why not these as well.

  • This is a perfect summer dish!

  • You are so creative BAM!!!

  • Yummy! As a gluten-free girl, I use salt on my watermelon This looks so so good. I’m about ready to start the car, head to the store, and pick up a watermelon!

  • hotlyspiced

    This is really refreshing. In summer, I often love to make a watermelon salad. I’ve never added cucumber but I can see thow that would work. Thanks for the tip! I adore Thai basil as it’s so aromatic. Great salad Bam xx

  • deliciousmeetshealthywp

    wow, watermelon salad! Sounds so refreshing and the perfect salad for any cookout! Looks delicious!

  • Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe

    This looks delicious! What a great salad for a summer day – I love watermelon, this sounds like a perfect way to highlight how good it is!

  • Oh my goodness, Bobbi, it is no exaggeration that when I looked at your first picture, I gasped! The colours, beauty and freshness are simply beautiful! I’d love to feature this in Tuesday Tidbits next week, with your permission. Even if you say no, I’m doing it! hahaha 🙂
    You know I love fresh and simple so this is the dish of my dreams and the flavours that you have created are a Bobbi Original – one of my favs ever! Sharing all over!!

  • This looks great, I would never think of grilling watermelons. What a great idea and it looks fantastic. I have to try it.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Gerlinde! You would be shocked on how extra sweet the grilling process makes the watermelon. a must try at least once.

  • Great combo and color, never thought of combining cucumber with watermelon. I believe cucumber is yin, the grilling process would make it balanced.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Norma, thank you. Yep, both Watermelon and cucumber are yin and so is the mint so it is a good thing to grill and add the spicy chili Thai dressing.

  • Jane

    This sounds delicious! I love watermelon and cucumbers, never had them grilled. Will definitely give this a try, thanks for the tip to use salt instead of fish sauce for gf.

  • Beautiful and refreshing 🙂 I used to think the cooked cucumber in Thai dishes was so weird– but once you try it a few times, its really good– stays so crunchy! Love all the flavors in this dish.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hiya Michelle, it is a amazing how crunchy and delicious the cucumbers stay when grilled and then they just love to absorb all the delicious Thai Flavours of the dressing. Thanks and have a super weekend.

  • What a beautiful salad–it looks so good! Never thought of grilling watermelon and cucumbers!

  • Eha

    This must be the easiest salad dressing recipe I now have on my books! Beautiful salad for our next summer: yes, have put watermelon and cucumber together but not used Thai/holy basil or a dressing prepped in a minute your way . . .

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Eha, a little chilly down under at the moment but maybe you can give this recipe a try in the summer. Are you guys getting snow? That is pretty rare for you guys, right? Stay warm and cozy!

  • Ugh I regret not coming here earlier. I just had a bbq yesterday and we had watermelon as fruits too! If only I’d reach earlier I would have put some on the grill…. major regret!

    • Bams Kitchen

      No worries, Jasline, you can give it a try next time. So glad you had the chance to BBQ! Do you have a balcony in your new home?

  • Love watermelon, never had it grilled to tell you the truth, but will definitely try this recipe. Watermelons are in season!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Watermelons are in season and so sweet and delicious and the grilling process just intensifies that sweetness. You should give it a try. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Wonderful! looks amazing, and I would just like to reach in with my fork and take a bite! Some of my favorite combinations in this salad.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Tina! I am so delighted you like this salad. Wishing you a super weekend!

  • Lucky for me I just bought myself a watermelon yesterday 😀 This looks so great, Bam! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Kristy! Watermelon has so many potential delicious options this summer and a whole one gives you lots of opportunities to try out many different recipes.

  • This really does sound like the most balanced summer meal! You come up with so many wonderfully creative recipes! What a brilliant combination of flavours you’ve combined here – and the idea of cooking the melon really intrigues me! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Helen for your very sweet comment. I really love experimenting in the kitchen and my boys really love eating so you see what a great synergistic relationship we have going on… LOL Take Care

  • It would never have occurred to me to grill watermelon, Bobbi! This all sounds wonderful.I will add though that watermelon, although full of ‘good’ fruit sugar is on my carbohydrate ‘high’ list. I can’t eat all of it that I’d like, (which is a LOT!)

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hiya Tonette! so nice to hear from you. Yes if you are looking to decrease carbs or on a diabetic friendly diet, you will need to reduce the watermelon in this recipe by over half and just fill up more on the delicious cucumbers instead. Berries do not grill well, so will be on my lookout for low glycemic fruits to grill. Wishing you a super week!

  • That really does look delicious – I love grilled watermelon!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you very much Amanda, wishing you a super week!

  • I loved reading about Traditional Chinese Medicine for diets. And grilling watermelon? genius. I HAVE to try this asap.

    • Bams Kitchen

      If you have a grill or at least a grill pan, then you are good to go as you are going to love how deliciously sweet watermelon gets when grilled. TCM is very interesting and has been around for decades keeping people healthy. Prevention is so much easier and cost effective compared to intervention when you are sick. Wishing you a very happy Monday, Down Under…

  • Yum! Why not, right? We grill pineapple and peaches, why not watermelon. It’s amazing how grilling brings out the sweetness in fruit!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Why not give it a try and it was so delicious the grilling process brings out the natural sugars in the watermelon. I think now I have some many other ideas what about grilled papaya or star fruit? I guess the ideas are endless. Wishing you a super Monday!

  • That looks amazing! What a wonderful idea.

  • I will never EVER think about grilling watermelon! Wow, this is such a new concept and I love it! And these cucumber sounds absolutely delicious in the Thai sauce. Sharing of course! 🙂

  • I would have never thought about grilling watermelon even though I have grilled other fruits. What a great recipe and we appreciate you linking up to #SaucySaturdays! Hope to see you next week!

  • This is awesome Bobbi!! 😀 I LOVE cold salads during Summer too and I have NEVER grilled watermelon… that is such a great idea! I am definitely trying it out! I just juiced my watermelon, so I’ll have to go and get more 🙂

  • How did you know that’s what I said…”grilled watermelon?” But you’re right, who am I to knock something until I can try it & I see no reason to not.

  • I’ve never heard of grilling watermelon and cucumber! What a creative idea! This salad is fabulous! I make a watermelon and mint salad but it’s nothing like this. I’ve got to give this a try!

  • I love thai food for EXACTLY the reasons you describe.. perfect combo of sweet, salty, sour, spicy.. So much yum! I don’t think I’ve ever tried grill watermelon either.. great idea! Also great photos as per usual 😉 I wanna know when you’re switching over to raw! (Also- Pinning!!!)

  • What a fun idea and I bet you have an explosion of contradictory tastes in your mouth when you taste this salad! Pinned and shared!

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  • What a gorgeous and tasty looking salad! Sounds so refreshing!

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