Grilled Watermelon Salad + Grilled Fruit Recipe Round-Up

Grilled Watermelon Salad |

I’ll always remember the first time.

The first time I had grilled fruit. It was grilled pineapple and it was one of those “aha” recipe creation moments.

Up until now, I’ve only really experimented with grilling fruit (mainly stone fruit like peaches, plums, apricots) for desserts. Drizzled with olive oil and honey and done.


So, I figured it was time to expand my grilled fruit horizons. From cocktails to salads to entrees, grilled fruit is HOT this summer (OK…bad pun.)

I’ve been wanting to make Serena’s Grilled Watermelon Salad for 3 summers now (she made it for one of our first Recipe ReDux posts!) and earlier this week, I finally did. In the past, I’ve done watermelon salad with feta and mint (SO GOOD) but never had tried it a) grilled or b) with Parmesan cheese (SO SO SO GOOD!)

Grilled Watermelon Salad |

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Makes 4-6 servings.


  • 1 small seedless watermelon, sliced ½-inch thick into quarter triangles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for brushing
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 4 fresh mint leaves, torn
  • ½ cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated finely (about 1 ounce)


  1. Preheat grill or grill pan (for about 5 minutes) over medium high heat until very hot.
  2. Brush watermelon slices with olive oil.
  3. Grill watermelon for about 2 -3 minutes per side, or until grill marks appear.
  4. Remove from grill, cool slightly. Cut off rind and chop into chunks.
  5. Add watermelon to serving bowl and toss with lemon juice, lemon zest, basil, mint and cheese.

And to really expand my and your grilled fruit repertoire, I give you this fun and tasty recipe roundup. (First up for me? Those grilled fruit adult beverages…)

Grilled Fruit Recipe Roundup | Nibbles & Apps:
Grilled Stone Fruit Antipasto Plate via Cooking Light
Caramelized Fresh Figs with Sweet Cream via Cooking Light
Grilled Peach and Mozzarella Crostini via Christie @ Food Done Light

Citrus Cocktail with Grilled Fruit via Linda @ Giggles, Gobbles & Gulps
Grilled Sangria via Kitchen Daily

Grilled Grape & Rosemary Chicken Kabobs via Serena @ Teaspoon of Spice
Grilled Pork with Pineapple Pizzazz via Liz & Janice @ Meal Makeover Moms

Grilled Nectarine and Chevre Salad with Honey Fig Vinaigrette via Susan @ Simple Healthy Kitchen
Orzo Salad with Grilled Peaches, Feta & Basil via @ Julia @ Energy We Bring

Grilled Greek Yogurt Banana Split Trio via Jackie @ Taste by Jackie
Grilled Peaches with Brown Sugar Pecan Crumble via Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

Do you ever grill fruit? What type and what kind of recipe? Please share – we love hearing from you!

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  1. That looks awesome! I love grilled fruit, these recipes will be super helpful. :)
    Baby June recently posted..Vegan blueberry muffins with cinnamon pecan streuselMy Profile


  3. Thanks for including my recipe. I adore how fruit becomes more sweet and slightly caramelized from grilling.
    Christie – Food Done Light recently posted..Whole Wheat, Everything Hamburger RollsMy Profile

  4. Wow, the parmesan sounds like an amazing addition!! I love grilled pineapple and also need to expand my grilled fruit horizons.
    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted..10 Ideas for Quick Summer MealsMy Profile

  5. Loving these creative ideas! I just had watermelon + feta last week and can’t wait to try the grilled salad!
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy recently posted..Kahlua Cocount Ice Cream with Mexican Hot Fudge Sauce {Recipe ReDux}My Profile

  6. Grilled watermelon???? Woa – this sounds incredible!!!!

  7. Grilled Watermelon Salad!? Genius!! I can’t even imagine how delicious this is… must try it ASAP
    Meme recently November Project New Orleans experienceMy Profile

  8. very cool! i love the brilliance of the salty, savory parmesan with the sweet juiciness of the watermelon. great idea!
    gretchen | kumquat recently posted..Deconstructed Vanilla Dark & StormyMy Profile

  9. Ok I need to expand my horizon as well! I had SOO much watermelon in Korea and not once did I think, “let’s grill this deliciousness!” Mmm…can’t wait to try this! Love the roundup…I’m so excited to cook again in my kitchen ;).
    Min recently posted..Korean Cold Jellyfish Salad – Haepari NaengchaeMy Profile

  10. I love grilled fruit! I’ve never tried grilling watermelon but it looks absolutely delicious with the mint, basil and savory pecorino. In 2012 I made these awesome grilled pears with bleu cheese, honey and basil – (2012?? Yikes! It’s been far too long since my last fruit grilling!) Thanks for the inspiration :)

  11. Thank GOODNESS for instagram tempting me with this……I can’t believe I missed it! Grilled watermelon- Legit cannot wait for Summer now! thanks Deanna!
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted..Spill it, Sundays #35- Flashback Posts #4My Profile

  12. I’ve grilled a lot of fruit before, but have yet to try watermelon. You made it look so good, I’m going to have to give it a try!!
    Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen recently posted..Supermarket RD’s Pick: BeanitosMy Profile

  13. Looks so good, I have never grilled fruit before..I’ll have to give it a try.
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