Grilled watermelon is a revelation—sweet and smoky and still full of vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene. Serve it with protein-rich beef and a zippy cucumber salsa for a lighter, brighter steak dinner.

Robin Bashinsky


Credit: Greg DuPree

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30 mins
30 mins


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  • Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high (450°F to 500°F). Stir together cucumber, peanuts, onion, olive oil, cilantro, mint, honey, mustard, lime zest and juice, 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a bowl until combined. Set aside.

  • Sprinkle steak with 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Lay watermelon on its side, and cut 2 (1-inchthick) rounds from the fruit, cutting through rind and flesh. (Reserve remaining watermelon for another use.) Grease grill grates with canola oil. Place steak on grates; grill until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of meat registers 135°F, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; cover with aluminum foil, and let rest 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, place watermelon rounds on oiled grates; grill until grill marks appear, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board; remove and discard watermelon rinds. Cut each round into 4 wedges, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  • Thinly slice steak across the grain. Serve with watermelon wedges, and top with cucumber salsa.

Nutrition Facts

485 calories; fat 29g; cholesterol 70mg; fiber 3g; protein 31g; carbohydrates 29g; sugars 21g; sodium 803mg; iron 3mg; calcium 72mg.