Lunch/ Summer Lovin'

The Ultimate Grilled Watermelon Salad

May 19, 2018 (Last Updated: December 10, 2019) by Chris Collins

This Grilled Watermelon Salad is absolutely bursting with flavour. Topped with Arugula, Pistachios, Blue Cheese and a Balsamic Glaze, after trying this recipe you won’t grill watermelon any other way!

Is there anything that screams ‘summer’ more than a grilled watermelon? Those gorgeous grill marks on a mouthwatering slice of watermelon is almost too much to bare sometimes. Add a dollop of the most incredible arugula salad and you’re on to something quite special.

Grilled Watermelon Salad with arugula, blue cheese and pistachios

Watermelon itself is not only the most delicious fruit in existence, but it’s also incredible versatile.

It’s only recently that I’ve been experimenting with watermelon in a savoury context and to be honest, I think I prefer it that way.

Don’t get me wrong, watermelon in a fruit salad or even just by itself is heaven. But when you balance out that sweetness will a little salt, spice, sour or a combination of all, things get a little more heavenly.

This recipe celebrates the perfect balance of flavours and that’s all down to our dear friend ‘arugula salad’. Or ‘rocket’ as some of us know, whatever tickles your pickle.

Here’s exactly how I like mine:

Arugula blue cheese and pistachio salad for grilled pineapple ingredients photo

You’ve got the gorgeous peppery arugula/rocket as the base with a punch of flavour from the blue cheese. A nice crunch from the pistachios (and I don’t know about you but pistachios are my favourite nut everrrrrr) all wrapped in a silky olive oil/lemon juice dressing.

This combo will have you weak at the knees, promise. So simple and delish!

Okay so you’ve got the salad, and if you manage to not eat it all before hand, we need to top it on some grilled watermelon.

Grilled watermelon is pretty easy to make, but there a couple of tips and tricks to consider.

How to Grill Watermelon

How to grill watermelon guidance photos

To find out if a watermelon is fresh, I usually tap the underbelly. If it’s ripe, it’ll have a hollow sound. Once you’ve found yourself the most glorious watermelon in the grocery store:

  1. Slice a disk of watermelon around 3/4 – 1″ thick.
  2. Use a cookie cutter/glass and push out 2 small disks.
  3. Soak up some of the moisture with a paper towel, then lightly coat with olive oil.
  4. Grill on high for a few minutes each side until dark grill marks appear.
  5. Lightly salt before serving.

The key is to make sure the watermelon isn’t swamped in moisture throughout the process. Soaking up juice with a paper towel before you grill the watermelon will help, as will salting the watermelon after it’s grilled. Salting beforehand will draw out moisture and prevent those gorgeous grill marks from forming.

And boy are those grill marks gorgeous!

Grilled Watermelon with grill marks

So you’ve got your grilled watermelon, you’ve got your salad, just one more final piece of the puzzle.

Balsamic glaze.

This freaking stuff, not only completes this dish, but my life in general. That fuzzy sweet taste drizzled over grilled watermelon. 😱

So good.

This grilled watermelon recipe is perfect for a summer brunch or even a starter/appetizer! Quick and easy to make, minimal ingredients and SO darn delicious. You’d be crazy not to give this dish a go!

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Glaze

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How to make a Grilled Watermelon Salad (Full Recipe & Video)

Grilled Watermelon Salad with arugula, blue cheese and pistachios

The Ultimate Grilled Watermelon Salad

This Grilled Watermelon Salad is absolutely bursting with flavour. Topped with Arugula, Pistachios, Blue Cheese and a Balsamic Glaze, after trying this recipe you won't grill watermelon any other way!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Salad
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 2
Calories: 265kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 disk Watermelon, approx 3/4 - 1" thick
  • 1 handful Arugula/Rocket
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Pistachios, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup Blue Cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Glaze
  • drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra for frying
  • squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • In a bowl, combine your arugula/rocket, blue cheese, pistachios, lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning. Place to one side.
  • Using a cup/glass/cookie cutter, shape out 2 circles in the flesh of the watermelon. Pat with a with a paper towel to soak up extra moisture, then lightly brush both sides with oil.
  • Grill over high heat for a few minutes each side, or until black grill marks appear.
  • Sprinkle a little salt on top, then add your arugula salad and finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Balsamic Glaze - Check out my foolproof Homemade Balsamic Glaze Recipe!
b) Seasoning - Go easy on the seasoning in the salad. Arugula/rocket is already quite peppery and you're also adding salt to the watermelon after it's grilled. Always better to add in more after than overpower it in the beginning!
c) Calories - Based on using 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.


Nutrition Facts
The Ultimate Grilled Watermelon Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 201mg8%
Potassium 592mg17%
Carbohydrates 18.8g6%
Fiber 4.1g16%
Sugar 10.9g12%
Protein 8.5g17%
Vitamin A 3400IU68%
Vitamin C 73.4mg89%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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For another gorgeous watermelon salad recipe, check out my Watermelon and Feta Salad!

Watermelon and Feta Salad cubes with mint and fork

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  • Reply
    May 27, 2018 at 2:08 am

    5 stars
    We are big watermelon fans, but I don’t think I have grilled it, actually. This looks so pretty, simple and elegant. I can imagine delicious too.

    • Reply
      May 27, 2018 at 11:24 am

      You gotta grill it! So good 🙂

  • Reply
    EA The Spicy RD
    May 27, 2018 at 12:18 am

    5 stars
    This looks amazing, and I love how simple it is too! That feta watermelon salad looks pretty fabulous as well!

    • Reply
      May 27, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Thanks so much! The feta watermelon salad is pretty delish too!!

  • Reply
    May 27, 2018 at 12:08 am

    5 stars
    That looks fantastic. Great presentation. And love the combination of flavors and textures.

    • Reply
      May 27, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, Roxana!! 🙂

  • Reply
    May 26, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    5 stars
    Totally pinned this watermelon salad. It looks divine!

    • Reply
      May 26, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks, Emily! It’s pretty delish 🙂

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