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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.

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

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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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