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Grilled Watermelon Salad: Grilled Fruit Recipe Round-Up

Grilled Watermelon Salad: Grilled Fruit Recipe Round-Up

Grilled Watermelon Salad |

UPDATE: We’re reposting this to kick off the 2019 Memorial Day Grilling Season! Don’t forget the fruit when you fire up that grill.


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.)

Don't forget about the fruit when you are grilling this weekend! Grilled Fruit Recipe Round-Up via @tspbasil Click To Tweet

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!)

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Grilled Watermelon Salad |

Grilled Watermelon Salad

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: 4-6 servings. 1x


Grilled fruit goes beyond simple dessert – think grilled watermelon salad, grilled fruit cocktails, grilled grape kabobs and more in this recipe roundup.


  • 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 Grape & Rosemary Chicken Kabobs via Serena @ Teaspoon of Spice

Grilled Nectarine and Chevre Salad with Honey Fig Vinaigrette via Susan @ Simple Healthy Kitchen

Grilled Banana Boats @ Teaspoon of Spice
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!


Friday 30th of August 2019

Interesting... watermelon would have been the last thing I would have ever thought to grill. What’s next? Ice cream?!?


Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Wow this looks great! We always get a whole watermelon and there is so much left over, next time we will try it grilled!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Monday 22nd of July 2019

Let me know what you think after you grill it!


Wednesday 20th of July 2016

Gorgeous! And what a great combination of ingredients, love the addition of basil and mint!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 21st of July 2016

Those fresh herbs can change any recipe!

EA-The Spicy RD

Monday 18th of July 2016

Serena's Grilled Watermelon Salad looks AMAZING! I still haven't tried my hand at grilling fruit, but with all these yummy recipes, I have NO excuses :-) Hope you're having a fabulous summer!

Grilled Watermelon and Mint Salad - The Adventures of MJ and Hungryman

Friday 3rd of July 2015

[…] since Deanna told me about grilling watermelon, I’ve been obsessed! Not only does it showcase an extra layer of effort and love by the cook, but […]

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