Grilled Spicy Watermelon

Planning a Labor Day barbecue? 

Transform sweet organic watermelon into a savory side dish with a Thai-inspired sauce. 

Grill watermelon wedges until they’re caramelized, drizzle them with the tangy sauce, and garnish with fresh organic cilantro. The recipe can accompany ribs, chicken or shrimp. 

All of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked natural and organic food store. Enjoy!

Grilled Spicy Watermelon 

Makes 8 to 10 servings

1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey, divided
2 teaspoons garlic chili sauce
Pinch salt
1 medium watermelon
1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro

  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. In bowl, whisk together lime zest, juice, half of the honey, garlic chili sauce and salt.
  3. Cut watermelon into 1-inch-thick wedges. Lightly drizzle each side with remaining honey, and place on grill in batches. Grill until just browned, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Place watermelon slices on a plate, and drizzle with lime dressing. Garnish with cilantro. 

Wine pairing: White Zinfandel, White Merlot, German Riesling 

Recipe and photo courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board