If you haven’t noticed, we’re definitely about that summer-on-a-stick. From our Shrimp and Tomato Skewers to Curry-Lime Chicken Kebabs, cooking your food on a skewer is simple, fast, and keeps you cool especially if you’re grilling outside.
With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, it’s time to say adios to summer with one last BBQ. Whether you’re playing host or just joining the party, these Watermelon and Cherry Tomato Skewers just have to make an appearance. This super refreshing appetizer is a mash up of sweet flavors from the watermelon and balsamic glaze, and savory goodness from the salty feta and juicy tomatoes. Start to finish, these are party ready in 30 minutes!
The balsamic glaze, aka “reduction”, may sound fancy, but it’s nothing more than brown sugar and balsamic vinegar brought to a boil then left to cool. The most time consuming task is cutting up the watermelon, but you could shortcut this recipe even more by purchasing pre-cut watermelon from the store.
These skewers are best served the day you make them, otherwise the mint won’t look or taste nearly as fresh. If you want to prep in advance, you could always just thread the watermelon and tomatoes, then wait until a few hours before serving to garnish.
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What You Need
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 small, seedless watermelon (or 1/2 medium)
1 bunch fresh mint
1 pint cherry tomatoes
¼ cup crumbled feta
Skewers (~20 for 6-inch length)
Cook balsamic glaze.
Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer for about 3 minutes. When you drag your spatula or wooden spoon along the bottom of the pan, the liquid gradually fill the space in. Remove from heat and let cool. (It will thicken as the temperature drops.)
Cut watermelon into cubes.
While the glaze is cooling, prep the watermelon. Remove rind from watermelon and cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes. You’ll need 2 cubes per skewers, so 40 total if you’re making the full recipe of 20 skewers.
Thread watermelon cube onto a skewer followed by a cherry tomato, then another watermelon cube. Repeat with the remaining skewers and place on a platter or sheet tray.
Roughly chop the mint leaves. Drizzle balsamic glaze on top, followed by crumbled feta and chopped mint leaves.
Only want a few? For fewer skewers, use half the watermelon now and save the rest for later.
Making this in advance? Hold off on making the balsamic glaze and adding the chopped mint until the day you’re ready to serve these skewers. Otherwise, the mint will wilt if sitting for too long.
No skewers? Serve this as a salad! Arrange watermelon cubes and cherry tomatoes on top of a bed of greens. Then drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then add crumbled feta.
|Fresh mint||Fresh basil|
|Cherry tomatoes||Grape tomatoes, or another small variety|