A Whim for Watermelon: Grilled Watermelon Salad Recipe

9 months ago

grilled watermelon salad

Who would have thought that watermelon can be also grilled? These days, it’s easy to try new ways of cooking our favorite foods! The refreshing fruit gets a sizzling makeover in this recipe for a juicy watermelon salad.


Grilled Watermelon Salad
Makes 4 servings


½ Seedless watermelon

½ cup Extra-virgin olive oil

4 ½ cups Baby arugula

1 bunch Basil leaves

  • Favorite vinaigrette (optional)

1 cup Marinated feta cheese

⅓ cup Sliced Kalamata olives

  • Balsamic cream or reduction, for drizzling
  • Sea salt or kosher salt and
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste


  1. Peel the watermelon’s rind and discard. Cut the fruit into half and then quarter until you have nice triangles. Cut them into ½ – ¾ -inch thick slices.
  2. Brush the watermelon slices lightly with olive oil and place on a hot grill or grill pan and grill both sides. Allow the grilled watermelon to cool to room temperature then refrigerate.
  3. Next, combine the arugula and basil in a bowl. Toss and lightly dress with extra virgin olive oil or your favorite vinaigrette.
  4. Plate the arugula and basil then top with grilled watermelon slices, feta cheese, and olives.
  5. Before serving, drizzle the watermelons with balsamic cream. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.


Recipe by Chef David Pardo de Ayala
Photographed by Floyd Jhocson of Studio 100


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