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It’s time again to start enjoying summer’s greatest gift to fresh produce (watermelon, obviously)—what are you waiting for? Memorial Day? Okay, that’s fair. But come that official kick-off to grilling season, get to the grocery store immediately, buy yourself a big, ripe watermelon, and get slicing. Better yet, toss a few of those triangles on a hot grill for a caramelized treat that rivals most candy.

Grilled watermelon may not be anything novel, but with veggies, meat, and corn on the cob in the mix, we forget there is a world of possibilities with charred fruits. Chop grilled watermelon into a salad, mix it with something savory, or eat it straight from the rind. No matter what you do, you’re certainly in for one of the best summertime treats. (You’ll need to act quickly, though. It’s only a matter of time until you begin to smell the pumpkin spice, which comes back earlier every year.)

Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

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Nearly every grilled watermelon recipe on the web is paired with salty feta (because #obviously), but this mint-heavy option is both refreshing and beautiful. The red and green will gave you thinking it’s Christmas, but treats like this are exclusive to the warmer months. Get our Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad recipe.

Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon

The addition of cilantro and lime make watermelon an even more summer-y side dish. Get the Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon recipe.

Stainless Steel BBQ Grill Basket, $20.99 on Amazon

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Hot-Sweet Grilled Watermelon

It’s sweet, spice, and everything nice when it comes to this perfectly balanced recipe of sugary watermelon, lemon, and chile powder heat. Bet you can’t just nosh on one. Get the Hot-Sweet Grilled Watermelon recipe.

Grilled Watermelon Pizza with Honey and Lime

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This Grilled Watermelon Pizza is ready in minutes and perfect for your summer BBQ! Topped with honey, fresh lime, pickled red onions, queso fresco, and a sprinkle of cilantro, you can bring the party to your mouth. ➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖ Ingredients: ▪️1 20-25 lb seedless watermelon ▪️2 cups cilantro leaves ▪️6 oz queso fresco ▪️1/4 cup honey ▪️fresh lime wedges as garnish 🔸Pickled Red Onions ▪️1 medium red onion thinly sliced ▪️1/2 cup white vinegar ▪️2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice ▪️1 Tablespoon honey ▪️1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt ➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖〰️➖ Instructions: 1️⃣About an hour before you're ready to grill the watermelon, combine the sliced red onion, white vinegar, lime juice, honey, and salt in a small glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. 2️⃣When you're ready to cook, preheat your grill to High (about 500 degrees F). Slice your watermelon into 1.5 inch rounds using a large, sharp knife. 3️⃣Brush each side of the watermelon slice with the liquid from the pickled onions. Place the watermelon rounds on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until there are some light char marks on each side of the watermelon. You might need to work in a few batches at a time to get all of the watermelon grilled if your watermelon rounds are large and your grill grate is small. 4️⃣Place each grilled watermelon round on a large cutting board, drizzle with some of the honey, then top with a few slices of the pickled red onion, some of the queso fresco and cilantro. Serve with a fresh lime wedge to squeeze over the top. 5️⃣Serve while still warm. #heygrillheyrecipe #heygrillhey #hghrecipe #recipe #grilledwatermelon #grilling #bbq #barbecue #watermelon #limes #honey #foodie #instafood #foodie #fruit

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Ditch the Digiorno’s for a pie that isn’t necessarily filling, but a hell of a lot more hydrating. And don’t skimp on the queso fresco—it tastes equally as delicious with some crunchy grill marks. Get the Grilled Watermelon Pizza with Honey and Lime recipe.

Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad

We all know that avocado makes anything taste better, so it’s no surprise that watermelon with avocado and red onion is a flavor and texture trifecta. Serve this on summer taco night and apologize to guacamole in advance. Get the Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad recipe.

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Steak and Tomatoes

Since you’re going to be grilling the steak anyway, why not just chop them both up and serve together? Throw in some seasonal cherry tomatoes for a dish as beautiful as it is mouthwatering. Get the Grilled Watermelon Salad with Steak and Tomatoes recipe.

Steak & Shrimp Mixed Grill Summer Cookout Box, $125 at Blue Apron

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Grilled Watermelon and Donut Peach Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Combining watermelon with an ever sweeter fruit can really enhance a summer side, especially if it’s all bound together with grated parmesan. Get the Grilled Watermelon and Donut Peach Salad with Balsamic Reduction recipe.

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