This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
The weather in Florida is finally warming up enough to start enjoying some outdoor time. The flowers are in bloom. Jasmine and honeysuckle aromas sweeten the air. Florida farmers begin reaping mid-spring harvests, and it’s time to start cutting the grass. The temperate weather beckons to me like a flower to a honeybee. It’s the perfect time of the year to open the windows – and to start cooking out. Yesterday, I tried this recipe I found on Fresh From Florida’s website called Grilled and Chilled Florida Watermelon with Feta and Mint.
While not a picky eater, I am selective about my desserts. I don’t like ultra-sweet. Ooey-gooey makes merely a messy Bessie. Give me something lightly sweet with just a hint of salt. Yep. I am one of those people. When the melon gets passed around, I reach for the salt shaker. Unlike most recipes I share, I haven’t “remade” this one. It is already perfect. Sure, it’s fun to sit outside in your shorts and drip juice up to your elbows, but grilling watermelon and topping it with feta and fresh mint adds a whole unexpected level of sophistication.
Tips for Grilling Watermelon
Start with a Fresh From Florida watermelon. Since the melons do not have to travel as far, farmers harvest them at the perfect ripeness, so they reach the markets at their peak. Otherwise, they taste more like water than melon and have a grainy texture. I recently wrote a post on selecting fresh local produce. Be sure to check that out for more information.
Select a smallish watermelon. 5-6 pounds feeds 6-8 people.
Do not overcrowd the grill. Leave room to flip the slices.
Keep an eye on the time. Watermelons grill FAST! Too long and they turn into a mushy mess on the grill.
Grilling watermelon slices is easier than grilling wedges. Wait to cut it into wedges until after it’s cooked. Slice your melons about an inch /2 inch thick. Thinner slices get over-grilled quickly.
If you prefer a sweeter dessert, try drizzling the finished recipe with a little honey. Go easy, though. You don’t want to overwhelm the juicy watermelon flavor.
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