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Grilled Watermelon Salad

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Grilled watermelon salad is the perfect summer side dish. Slice up some watermelon rings, throw them on the grill (literally if you’re brave enough), wait for some gorgeous smokey grill marks to spear and you’re half way there.

Grilled Watermelon Salad

If you don’t have a grill, a grill pan will work fine. You can also skip the egregious use of fire all together and just cut the watermelon into bite sized chunks. The saltiness of the Cotija and the briny quick-pickled red onions set of that great sweetness of in-season watermelons.

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It’s also a great salad to serve at room temperature, making it the perfect low maintenance side dish to serve on your summer party table. It also has a lovely sweetness that pairs well with a spicy food, I served it with these wings. It does not, however, keep very well. If you plan to make it ahead of time, keep all of the components separate and toss just prior to serving.

If you need a patriotic plan for the rest of the watermelon, check this out.

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Grilled Beer & Buttermilk Chicken with Sriracha Glaze


    For the Chicken:
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 12 ounces IPA beer
  • 2 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks and wings
  • Cilantro, minced (optional)
  • For The Glaze:
  • ¼ cup Sriracha
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup IPA beer
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup mirin


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the buttermilk, 12 ounces beer, salt, smoked paprika, cayenne, cumin, and brown sugar. Add the onions and chicken to the marinade. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to 12.
  2. Just prior to grilling, make the glaze. In a saucepan over medium high heat, whisk together all the glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 8 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade, discard marinade.
  4. Place the chicken on a preheated grill, brush with glaze, cook for about 2 minutes, flip and brush with glaze. Continue to flip and brush with glaze every 2-4 minutes until chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes (depending on the size of your chicken). Transfer chicken to a serving platter and sprinkle with cilantro.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 27, 2013 um 2:09 am

I grilled or roasted plenty of fruit in my day but never watermelon. What a fun idea – and I love watermelon. Perfect way to use it and mix it up a little !


Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig June 27, 2013 um 6:42 am

Watermelon salad is one of my absolute fave things to eat but I’ve never grilled it and I need to change that!!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 27, 2013 um 7:22 am

Watermelon is one of those fruits I can’t wait to grill. This salad sounds fabulous, Jackie!


ashley – baker by nature June 27, 2013 um 9:23 am

This is just gorgeous, Jackie! I eat watermelon like it’s candy! Now if only I had me a grill… cue the crying!!!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious June 27, 2013 um 5:00 pm

Wow your grill is soooo much cleaner than mine 🙂 I’ve never grilled watermelon but it sounds and looks fantastic, and I know with Cotija this salads a winner!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 28, 2013 um 5:48 am

I’ve never tried grilling watermelon, but it sounds wonderful!


steph@stephsbitebybite June 28, 2013 um 6:04 am

I’ve made a salad similar to this but didn’t grill the watermelon, I’ve gotta try that!


Crista June 29, 2013 um 6:26 am

this sounds fabulous, i’ve never thought to grill watermelon! xo


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 29, 2013 um 5:01 pm

What a fun salad! I never would’ve thought to grill watermelon. I actually just grilled some cinnamon-sugar crusted banans today and they were epic. Can’t wait to grill up some watermelon now!


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 30, 2013 um 4:27 pm

This is such a gorgeous salad! I have never had grilled watermelon!


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Now you’re talking! I have a similar watermelon salad that is an all time fave, but you have just upped the ante. Pinned!


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