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Summer Watermelon Salad With a Spicy Twist

July 12th, 2018

It’s been one of those summers where each day seems to feels hotter than the one before. Even going outside to run errands feels like the biggest effort when the sun is beating down. Needless to say, the last thing I’ve wanted to do this summer is turn on the oven—even my stove-usage has been at an all time low. Lucky for me, salads are always of my favorite things to whip up all year round, but nothing quite beats a crisp, summer watermelon salad. Someone recently asked me if I ever get bored of salads since I eat them all the time (Ha!..Never). While I could see how eating the same salad everyday might be a bit monotonous, experimenting with seasonal produce and new ingredients keep my salad game fresh and exciting. So I happily snuck into the back of my freezer for some paneer, brought out my ultimate spice blend, and chopped up my favorite summer ingredient for a super easy and delicious plate.

Here’s how to make my favorite summer salad—it’s got a spicy Indian kick to it (no surprises there!), is bursting with cooling flavors, and is sure to wow anyone you serve it to.

Grilled Paneer and Watermelon Salad

Paneer and Watermelon Salad | This Brown Kitchen

Serves 3

Ingredients

for the salad ::

  • 1 box of greens of choice
  • 1/2 cantaloupe, sliced
  • 1/2 honeydew melon, sliced
  • 1/4 large watermelon, cubed
  • a handful of chopped mint
  • 8oz of paneer, cut into slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste

for the dressing

  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. to a large salad plate or bowl, add the greens, melons, and chopped mint, and toss together. set aside.
  2. bring a grill pan up to a medium-high heat.
  3. in a small mixing bowl, add the sliced paneer, olive oil, chaat masala, and a pinch of salt. toss together until the paneer is evenly coated.
  4. lay the paneer slices onto the grill and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes on each side until you get golden grill marks on the paneer.
  5. remove paneer from the grill pan and toss into the salad bowl.
  6. to make the dressing, add all of the ingredients into a small blender and blend until smooth. drizzle over salad and toss together. enjoy!

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  1. Yum! This salad looks fabulous, and I can tell you right away that my family will love this. We really like having orange salads in the summer and we love watermelon, so I’m sure that this mix of fruit will be a great combination. Very refreshing with the arugula. I like chana masala but I’ve never had such spices in a summer. I guess this the season for trying new things. The cheese looks great too, do you think goat will work too if I can’t find that one anywhere?

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  2. tired of all the boring and simple salads. i like the recipe a lot especially for the fact that its new and offers a little crunch too!

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