The Grilling Issue
Grilled Watermelon with Cilantro
Canola or vegetable oil, for grilling
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Zest of one lime
¼ large watermelon, cut into 1-inch thick wedges
Fresh cilantro and lime wedges, for serving
Heat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat, about 450 to 500 degrees, and oil the grill grates with vegetable oil.
In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt and lime zest.
Place the watermelon wedges in a single layer on a sheet tray. Sprinkle half of the salt mixture on the watermelon wedges. Flip and sprinkle the wedges with the other half of the salt mixture. Set on a cooling rack and let rest for 15 minutes. Using paper towels, press firmly on the slices to remove excess moisture.
Cook the wedges on the grill over direct heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until grill marks appear. Transfer the watermelon to a serving platter. Garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges, if desired.