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Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

This is Michael Psilakis's modern take on the traditional Greek combination of watermelon and feta cheese. It features the creamy yogurt he grew up eating in New York's Long Island: "My mom made it at home all the time, and we'd snack on it with honey after school."

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  • Servings: 6 first-course servings

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  • 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt or Homemade Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Twelve 3-inch-long triangles of seedless red watermelon, about 1 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup small mint leaves


  1. Light a grill. In a bowl, combine the yogurt with the lemon juice, vinegar, thyme and the 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle the watermelon triangles with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat until nicely charred, about 1 minute per side; transfer to plates. Top the watermelon with the yogurt sauce and season with black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil, garnish with the mint and serve.

Make Ahead

The yogurt sauce can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Contributed By Photo © Martin Morrell Published August 2010

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