It’s time again to start enjoying summer’s greatest gift to fresh produce (watermelon, obviously)—what are you waiting for? The 4th of July? Okay, that’s fair. But come that red, white, and blue holiday where bright colors are required, 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.)
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.
The addition of cilantro and lime make watermelon an even more summer-y side dish. Get the Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon recipe.
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Flip a whole watermelon's worth of slices at once (this is great for lots of other fruit, veggies, meat, and fish on the grill too).
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.
Yes, you can even use your grilled watermelon for a sweet and smoky cocktail—this one is spicy too, thanks to serrano-infused tequila. Get the Grilled Watermelon Margarita recipe.
Related Reading: How to Make a Vodka Watermelon
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.
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.
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.
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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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