You’re used to eating watermelon by the slice for dessert, but when you grill it, watermelon becomes an entirely different food that is as at home in a savory salad or entrée as it is for a sweet end of meal treat. This low-calorie fruit/vegetable (yep, it’s both) is also great for you; packed with Vitamin C and A, fiber, potassium and even the antioxidant lycopene. So go ahead and enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and more, all guilt-free! Here are 15 ways to try grilled watermelon at your next barbeque or brunch!
If you’ve never grilled this summertime fruit before, start here. All you need is olive oil, sea salt, and of course, a grill! It should only take about three minutes per side to grill perfectly, but the recipe suggests that you first salt the watermelon and allow it to rest on a paper towel covered wire rack for 20 minutes, so be sure to build that time in.
Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt
This delicious yogurt and grilled watermelon combo, based on chef Michael Psilakis's traditional Greek snack of watermelon and feta cheese, can be served with honey as a perfect mid-day snack or even a breakfast on a balmy summer day.
Grilled Watermelon With Honey Glazed Mandarin
A truly unique brunch idea; grilled watermelon that guests can top with grilled honey-glazed Mandarin orange slices, yogurt and Muesli. Much healthier and heartier than a doughnut or Danish, and just as yum!
Grilled Watermelon and Tomato Salad
Make use of the season’s abundant heirloom tomato and basil crops with this simple, oh-so-fresh recipe. It’s an ideal appetizer to serve to friends while you’re sitting around and enjoying each other’s company.
Grilled Watermelon Salad
A fantastic, flavorful salad with watermelon, baby arugula, goat cheese and topped with a balsamic vinegar reduction that elevates this salad beyond the basic lettuce/tomato offering. In fact, served with a glass of wine, this may be the perfect stand-alone weekend lunch.
Grilled Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad
A Mediterranean style recipe that’s got so much goodness going on you’ll want seconds and thirds! Though feta is a high-fat ingredient, it’s got a whole lot of tangy flavor, so you really don’t need all that much to make an impact.
Watermelon Burgers with Cheese
If you’ve been going to one barbeque and backyard party after another and want a lighter main dish, try this bun-less, vegetarian “burger” that’ll even impress the meat eaters!
Curried-Shrimp Salad with Grilled Watermelon
In this recipe, you sprinkle watermelon with sugar to give it a nice char and pair it with shrimp, which is a great source of protein and also iron, zinc and selenium.
Hoisin-Braised Pork with Grilled Watermelon and Shishito Peppers
For an elegant evening entrée, try this Asian-inspired main course that isn’t too heavy or rich, but still satisfies.
Grilled Watermelon Pizza
If you can’t get enough pizza, try this dough-less, lower-fat way of satisfying your desire for a slice: grilled watermelon topped with small amounts of crumbled blue cheese, chopped pecans and red onions. If the taste alone isn’t enough to win you over, check out these stats: A typical slice of pizza contains about 285 calories and 10 grams of fat (almost five of which is saturated fat). This recipe, on the other hand, is 130 calories per serving with seven grams of fat (less than two grams is saturated).
Grilled Watermelon and Donut Peach Salad with Balsamic Reduction
Any peach will do in this recipe, but we love how donut peaches (also known as Saturn peaches) look in this lovely dish.
Grilled Watermelon Sundae
Yes, it’s a splurge with the vanilla ice cream, but a worthy one! You’ll love the honey and lime syrup topping (made with fresh lime juice, honey, and a dash of cayenne pepper).
Honey Glazed Grilled Watermelon
At the other end of the dessert spectrum, here’s a simple, lower-calorie treat that’ll please the crowd and keep you all sticking to your diets.
Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Kabobs
Kabobs are inherently fun, kid-friendly food, but the fruits on here are perfect for sophisticated adult palates, too.
Grilled Watermelon Salad and Cinnamon Toast
What a fun twist on the typical cinnamon toast; here it’s turned into an elegant dessert with the aid of a loaf of fresh peasant bread and the addition of basil, strawberries, limes and charred watermelon.
Once you’ve tried these recipes, you’ll certainly understand what Mark Twain meant when he said, “When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.”