Lime-Cilantro Grilled Watermelon

Watermelon is in its peak season from May to August each year. During this time, you are likely to find sweeter and less expensive options.

To pick a ripe watermelon, look for the patch where the melon would have been on the ground. If the melon is ripe, this area will be yellow. Ripe melons will also have a hollow sound when you slap or tap them.

Cilantro’s deep-green leaves contain antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins and dietary fiber, which helps reduce LDL; otherwise known as “bad cholesterol”— an important defense against heart disease and obesity.

Red foods including watermelon contain the pigment Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and prevent heart attacks.

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Watermelon that is grilled and arranged on a plate

Ingredients

  • 8 wedges of watermelon (2-inch wide wedge)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced – separated
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Lime-Cilantro Grilled Watermelon

Instructions
1. Cut watermelon to make 8 watermelon triangular wedges.
2. Mix olive oil, the juice of one lime and salt, until the salt is dissolved.
3. Brush each side of the wedge with olive oil and lime mixture.
4. Heat an outdoor gas grill to high heat. Grill watermelon for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, allowing grill marks to form.
5. Remove from grill and season with the remaining lime juice and sprinkle with cilantro. Season with additional salt to taste, it brings out additional flavor. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:
1 Serving = 2 wedges
Amount Per Serving
• Calories 119.5
• Total Fat 3.5 g
• Saturated Fat 0.4 g
• Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
• Monounsaturated Fat 2.6 g
• Cholesterol 0.0 mg
• Sodium 4.2 mg
• Potassium 359.4 mg
• Total Carbohydrate 21.6 g
• Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
• Sugars 18.2 g
• Protein 1.7 g
• Vitamin A 21.0 %
• Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
• Vitamin B-6 20.4 %
• Vitamin C 56.7 %
• Vitamin D 0.0 %
• Vitamin E 2.0 %
• Calcium 2.7 %
• Copper 4.6 %
• Folate 1.5 %
• Iron 2.8 %
• Magnesium 7.8 %
• Manganese 5.1 %
• Niacin 2.8 %
• Pantothenic Acid 6.1 %
• Phosphorus 2.6 %
• Riboflavin 3.4 %
• Selenium 0.4 %
• Thiamin 15.3 %
• Zinc 1.3 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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