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Turn your watermelon into something new and delicious with this recipe for Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon. Take your summer grilling to a whole new level!

A stack of cilantro lime grilled watermelon on a white plate with half a lime.

Grilled watermelon. I’ve actually been wanting to play with it for a while now. When you grill watermelon something happens that changes both the flavor and the texture into a whole new fruit/vegetable.

Yes, watermelon is one of those controversial fregetables like tomatoes. It is the developed ovary of a plant so it is a fruit, but the USDA has ruled it a vegetable because of how it is grown and cultivated. Fregetables, like fruits and vegetables, are just fabulous on the grill. I decided to give a cilantro-lime version a try because what isn’t great with cilantro and lime?

Close up of A stack of cilantro lime grilled watermelon on a white plate with half a lime.

The result was something I absolutely loved. I can totally see watermelon as a vegetable after having this dish. It brings out a smokey and savory quality to watermelon that I didn’t really know existed. It’s important to top it off with a little salt. Salt is magical at bringing out and enhancing flavors and it is no different with this fregetable. I’m telling you, you need to try this recipe just so you can see a whole new side of watermelon. Plus, those grill marks are beautiful, aren’t they?

Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon
Servings

8 pieces

grilled watermelon slices with lime and cilantro
Turn your watermelon into something new and delicious with this recipe for Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon. Take your summer grilling to a whole new level!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 2-inch slices watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  • Cut each watermelon round into 4 pieces, for a total of 8 pieces*. Brush each side of the pieces with olive oil and a little of the lime juice, reserving at least half of the lime juice for after cooking. Season with a little bit of salt (about 1/2 tsp total for 8 pieces, both sides).
  • Heat an outdoor gas grill to high heat. Grill watermelon for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, allowing grill marks to form.
  • Remove from grill and season with the remaining lime juice and sprinkle with cilantro. Season with additional salt to taste. Salt brings out additional flavor so really do it to taste.
Notes
*This is one of those recipes where it a written recipe with exact amounts is not really necessary. You can make as much or as little as you want and easily adjust it. Slice the watermelon 2 inches thick. The above written list of ingredients can be used to estimate how much you'll need for either more or less.

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 54mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Watermelon

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Todd

Olive oil and watermelon…hmmmmm. I’m totally down for the cilantro, lime, and watermelon. I’ll take your word for it on the olive oil. My brother and sister-in-law just bought a watermelon yesterday. I think I know what we’re going to be doing with some of it this week! 🙂

Marjorie

Do you eat it hot? Or can you eat it cold too?

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Time to clean the grill! This looks fresh and tasty!

I love all kinds of grilled fruit, this looks fantastic! I have had grilled watermelon with feta, but never with cilantro and lime. YUM!

What an awesome idea for summer, love the flavors!!!

Weird! Now I HAVE to try it!

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