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Grilled Watermelon Salad with arugula, blue cheese and pistachios
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5 from 4 votes

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!
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: Western
Servings: 2
Calories: 265kcal
Cost: £3.50 / $4


  • Medium Mixing Bowl (for salad)
  • Brush & Small Pot (for oil)
  • Griddle Pan or BBQ
  • Paper Towels
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Circular Disk (see notes)


  • 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 (see notes)
  • 2 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 disk/cookie cutter and shape out 2 circles in the flesh of the watermelon. Pat with a with a paper towel to soak up excess moisture, then lightly brush both sides with oil.
  • Heat up a griddle pan until smoking hot. 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.



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) Circular Disk - You can really use anything, but cookie cutters work best. In the video I use the rim of a glass (just go easy with applying pressure). Worst comes to it you can just cut the circle, or, any shape you like. 
d) BBQ - You can definitely cook watermelon on the BBQ, just place over direct heat until nicely charred both sides.
e) Cheese - If you don't like blue cheese then feta and goats cheese make great subs in this recipe!
f) Calories - Based on using 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.8g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 10.9g | Vitamin A: 3400IU | Vitamin C: 73.4mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1.4mg