Recipe courtesy of Dana Beninati for Food Network Kitchen

Grilled Watermelon with Whipped Feta Dip

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Watermelon and feta is a combination we have come to know and love. But have you ever grilled watermelon? The sugars caramelize beautifully on a grill, which makes this summer melon taste even sweeter – if that is at all possible! Paired with a creamy dip of feta cheese and fresh herbs, this dish is the perfect combo of sweet and salty.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. If using an outdoor grill, preheat over medium-high heat until a thermometer registers 500 degrees F; clean and lightly oil the grill grates. See Cook’s Note.
  2. Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 1-inch thick slices shaped like half-moons. Working in batches, grill the watermelon slices, uncovered, until just marked, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet to cool slightly. Once cool enough to touch, cut the watermelon into triangles, leaving the rind intact to serve as a handle for dipping.  
  3. Pulse the garlic in a food processor until minced. Add the feta, yogurt , herbs and 2 tablespoons of the feta brine. Process until whipped and smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Transfer to a small bowl. Top with a drizzle of honey, pepper and more herbs.  
  4. Transfer the grilled watermelon “dippers” to a platter and serve with the feta dip.

Cook’s Note

You want the grill pan or grill to be screaming hot so the watermelon will char quickly and not become mushy. We used sheep’s milk feta and nonfat Greek yogurt, but feel free to use your favorite yogurt and feta.