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Grilled Watermelon Salad

Lodge Cast Iron | September 6, 2018

This dish gets a kick from fried shallots, but waste not! Reserve the shallot oil to use on popcorn, with eggs, or when grilling vegetables.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
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Watermelon salad


  • 3 shallots, peeled and divided
  • 2 cups olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons divided
  • 1 mini seedless watermelon, sliced in 1 ½ inch-thick wheels
  • 3 cups arugula, packed
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup basil leaves, torn
  • ½ cup mint leaves, torn
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Slice 2 shallots crosswise into thin rings. In a small saucepan, heat 2 cups of oil to 350 degrees F. Continuously stir the shallots in oil until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Transfer the fried shallots onto a paper towel-lined dish, season with salt and cool completely.
  2. Cut the watermelon wheels into wedges. In a preheated round grill pan, grill in batches until marks appear, 2-3 minutes per side. Let cool. Cut off the rind and chop.
  3. Thinly slice the remaining shallot lengthwise. In a large bowl, mix the raw shallot, grilled watermelon, arugula, feta, basil, mint and remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Garnish the salad with the fried shallots and serve.
Grilled Watermelon Salad
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Contributed By: The Culinistas & Lodge Cast Iron

Recipe courtesy of our friends The Culinistas. The Culinistas provide in-home private chef services for weekly cooking and special occasions. They develop recipes and work with a selective group of chefs to make vibrant, balanced meals for the entire household. Their services fulfill culinary needs for weekday lunches, dinners & snacks as well as occasions of any kind. 


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