Grilled Watermelon Salad

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Everything in this salad is grilled. Except for the spinach. And the dressing. When I figure out how to grill an olive oil-based salad dressing, I will let you know. And when I say grilled, I mean in my grill pan since I live in an apartment complex and don’t own a grill. To be fair, my complex has several grills available for common use, but my grill pan? Doesn’t require me to gather all my ingredients, walk downstairs, and across the lawn to one of the grills. #laziness.

But I do love grilled foods. And while burgers, steaks, and fish are delightful, fruits and cheeses can be made even more delicious when placed on the grill for a few minutes. Or the Le Creuset grill pan, as the case may be. Bottom line: you don’t need to own a grill to enjoy grilled deliciousness. Any time of year.

Grilled Watermelon Salad (serves 4 as an entrée):
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  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/2 small watermelon, cut into slices
  • 4 oz. halloumi cheese
  • 1-2 avocados, halved, peeled, and pitted
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 t finely chopped mint
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper

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I chopped my watermelon before grilling, but if you’re grilling on a real actual grill, you probably shouldn’t do this. I recommend cutting the watermelon into slices and grilling it that way. Once it’s grilled, you can cut it into chunks.

How every you do it, make sure you lightly brush the watermelon with olive oil on both sides.

Grill watermelon over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. Obviously you want to have those super fabulous grill marks showing up.

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Same thing goes for the avocados. You probably want to halve, peel, and pit them if you’re planning to grill them on an outdoor grill. Since my avocados were in no danger of falling through the grates, I sliced them ahead of time, brushed them with a bit of olive oil, and placed them in my grill pan. Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until you get pretty grill marks.

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Gotta grill the cheese, too! Halloumi is one of my favorite summertime cheeses because it’s made for grilling and is a great addition to any cookout spread. Or salad. I sliced the cheese, brushed it with some olive oil, grilled it for about 2-3 minutes on each side, and then cut it into bite-sized pieces.

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The dressing was also super simple. I whisked together olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, mint, and salt, and pepper.

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In a large bowl, toss together watermelon, avocado, and cheese and drizzle dressing over the top. And you have a fully grilled meal… that doesn’t even involve any meat! Serve in individual bowls. This can be a fabulous side salad, an appetizer, or even an entrée if you’re craving a lighter summer meal.

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Have you ever grilled watermelon before? It’s crazy! Grilling sucks some of the liquid out, brightens the fruit in a major way, and gives it this deep flavor-packed taste. I’m in love. Doesn’t the watermelon almost look like tomatoes?


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Obviously I’m already avocado-obsessed and would eat them in any way, shape, or form, but grilling them makes them even better. Next up? I totally want to make a grilled avocado guacamole. Seriously. Coming soon!

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This is the kind of salad I could eat all summer long and be perfectly happy eating. I ate it for dinner and then brought it to work for lunch the next day. I feel like I need to have grilled watermelon and grilled avocado in my fridge all summer long. Just waiting to be devoured or made into salads.

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Some day I shall have a house with a grill off the porch. And I will grill everything around. For now, I’m pretty satisfied with my fabulous Le Creuset grill pan and my little apartment kitchen. Sooo, what are we grilling next??

Do you like to grill? What’s your favorite grilled food?


15 Responses to "Grilled Watermelon Salad"

  1. Erica says:

    This is so much fun! I never thought to grill watermelon. I love grilled peaches and pineapple

  2. Odetta says:

    The true meaning of grilled to perfection! Everything looks delicious!

  3. Victoria says:

    I’m a fan of grill pans too! They allow you to “grill” year round 🙂 This salad looks great! The more that’s grilled the merrier!

  4. Megan says:

    I just had a chilled watermelon soup with halloumi in it last night. Love the combination. I bet this is even better with the grilled watermelon and avocado. I love grilling! Grilled potatoes are my current obsession, but definitely love grilling steaks and pork chops too.

  5. I just got a grill pan and I am loving it too! I am just too lazy to clean my actual grill, hah!

    Also… where has Chels been? I feel like we haven’t heard from her in a while!

  6. This looks so delicious and refreshing. I love the way grilled fruit tastes.My favorite things to grill are shrimp, salmon and veggies.

  7. its like the perfect refreshing and fruity salad for the summer! Love it

  8. Grilled watermelon? Mind blown … this looks incredible — that avocado is just calling to me.

  9. reason #4503 i need a grill pan. yum!

  10. zachary says:

    you have a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

  11. Jenn says:

    Do I love to grill??? Oh my gosh, YES! I grill pretty much every night… and am thankful I live in an area where I can gill all year without having to dig my grill out from under snow 🙂

    The salad looks and sounds perfect for summer!!!

  12. maillot de foot says:

    I would like this!!!

  13. Perfect timing.. I’m going to have alot of watermelons to pick this week! I have got to try this!

  14. Shannon says:

    grilled watermelon and avocado and halloumi? i’m in 🙂 i bet it would also be good with strawberries…

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