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Grilled Watermelon Slices With Honey-Lime Sauce

Grilled Watermelon Slices With Honey-Lime Sauce
Susan Russo for NPR /

Grilling watermelon imparts a slightly smoky flavor that contrasts surprisingly well with the melon's inherent sweetness. Though it's delicious grilled plain, it's irresistible when drizzled with this sugary, tangy honey-lime sauce.

Yields a scant 1/2 cup (enough sauce for 1 small- to medium-sized watermelon, but make more or less depending on how much you need. Leftover sauce can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.)

1 small-medium sized watermelon (8-10 pounds)

Honey for brushing watermelon slices


Juice of 2 limes (about 4 tablespoons)

Zest of 1/2 lime (about 1/2 teaspoon)

3 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons water

1 teaspoon light brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

To make the sauce, whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Taste and adjust as necessary.

Prepare a hot grill.

Halve a watermelon, then quarter it and cut into 1-inch-thick slices. Brush both sides of each slice with a thin coat of honey and place on the hot grill. Grill until just browned, about 1 1/2 minutes per side.

Place watermelon slices on a plate, and drizzle with the honey-lime sauce. Serve immediately.

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