Related Reading: Rice Is Culture & Community at Chef JJ Johnson’s Harlem RestaurantThat’s where chef JJ Johnson’s grilled watermelon salad comes into play, his ode to summers historically spent noshing on wedges of watermelon in Harlem.
The summery grilled watermelon salad is refreshing and smoky, piled high with creamy ricotta or mascarpone cheese.
But if you’re wondering how to grill watermelon without it falling apart, JJ shares that the key is simply keeping the rind on.
“You want to grill your watermelon with the rind on so it doesn’t fall apart,” JJ explains.
Grilled Watermelon Salad SaladFew things say Harlem in the summertime like fresh watermelon.