Grilled Watermelon Salad

A close up of grilled, cubed watermelon on a white plate, garnished with crumbled white cheese and sliced mint.

Grilled watermelon has a wonderful flavor and makes a sweet, but relatively healthy, salad for a hot summer day. Flavored with mint and goat’s cheese it is divine.

The watermelon is charred on the grill in large slices, then chopped into bite-size pieces. The salad can be served warmed if desired, but if you can chill it down it makes a great temperature contrast to hot grilled meat.

The crumbled goat cheese adds a salt element to the dish. If it is too mild for your tastes, substitute it with feta cheese or add extra salt to the dish.

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A close up of grilled, cubed watermelon on a plate with crumbled goat cheese and fresh mint.
This refreshing sweet-salty salad is a perfect side to any barbecue.
Looking down onto a white plate with grilled watermelon cubes garnished with crumbled goat cheese and sliced mint.
The watermelon is first grilled in large pieces, then cut into cubes.
A close up of grilled, cubed watermelon on a white plate, garnished with crumbled white cheese and sliced mint.
Make sure to cool the watermelon after grilling it, so it doesn’t melt the cheese and wilt the mint.

Grilled Watermelon Salad Recipe

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A close up of grilled, cubed watermelon on a white plate, garnished with crumbled white cheese and sliced mint.
If you love a sweet element to your barbecues, then this Grilled Watermelon Salad is the perfect option. Flavored with mint and goat’s cheese it is divine.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Ready in 25 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseAppetizer
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodGrill
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Ingredients

Salad Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons mint leaves finely diced

Salad

  • 1/2 watermelon

To Serve

  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint sliced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese

Equipment

  • grill grates

Directions

Salad Dressing

  • Combine the white wine vinegar, maple syrup, and mint. Leave to marinate while preparing and cooking the watermelon.

Salad

  • Slice the watermelon into rounds, then grill on a very hot grill to get caramelized grill marks (this step isn’t trying to cook the watermelon, just give it more flavor).
  • Dice the grilled watermelon into equal-sized cubes and drizzle with the salad dressing. Place in a cooler or fridge to chill.

To Serve

  • Place the watermelon on the serving plate, then sprinkle with the fresh mint and goat cheese. Serve immediately before it warms up.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 78mgCalcium: 91mgVitamin C: 33mgVitamin A: 2612IUSugar: 35gFiber: 2gPotassium: 511mgCholesterol: 9mgCalories: 223kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 5gProtein: 6gCarbohydrates: 43gIron: 2mg

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