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Grilled Pork Cutlets with Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

We think of watermelon as the stuff of fruit salads, but it's also great in savory ones. In this Vietnamese- and Thai-inspired recipe, melon and cucumber are the cool contrast to sliced chile and grilled pork (chicken works, too).

  • yield: Serves 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound watermelon (about 1 small), peeled and cut into small wedges (3 cups)
  • 1/2 large cucumber halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise into half-moons
  • 1 jalapeno chile, halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced on the bias (seeded if desired)
  • 1/2 cup torn or small basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons nam pla (Asian fish sauce; ethnicfoodsco.com)
  • 3/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 8 boneless skinless pork cutlets (2 1/2 ounces each), pounded about 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat grill to high. Toss together water- melon, cucumber, jalapeno, basil, fish sauce, coriander, and lime juice in a bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Drizzle pork cutlets with olive oil, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Grill until grill marks appear and pork is cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Top pork with watermelon salad.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July 2011

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