Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salad

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Hello Summer!  I’ve missed you, old friend.




Nothing says summer more than a caprese salad.  Well, maybe watermelon and grilling.  I had so much watermelon and I already pureed it and added booze so what’s left to do?  Throw it on the grill.




Now we all know that I tend to make things janky rustic and that’s the way I’m rolling here.




I could have done some precision artistry with my big ole knife and made uniform shapes or some business like that.




But I didn’t.  The truth is that I started to and just got over it.  I was ready to get my grill on with this watermelon caprese.




And it was time for dinner.


Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salad

Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salad


  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 8 or so cups of watermelon pieces
  • salt according to taste
  • 8 ounces mozzarella
  • 15 or so basil leaves


  1. Bring balsamic to a boil in a small sauce pan, reduce to medium and reduce by about half and thick
  2. Salt watermelon according to tase - I used about 1/4 teaspoon on all the watermelon and found it to be a bit insufficient
  3. Grill watermelon 2-3 minutes each side - you can do this on a grill or use a grill pan on the stove
  4. While watermelon is grilling, cut up the mozzarella into slices, then quarters
  5. Let the watermelon cool and drain a bit so it doesn't get soggy
  6. Arrange watermelon on a platter, top with mozzarella and basil
  7. Drizzle with balsamic reduction
  8. Serve immediately
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Note: I think grilled peaches and/or plums would be a nice addition with the watermelon.

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33 Responses to Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salad

  1. I have been devouring Watermelon like it’s my dang job recently, (can you actually get paid for that? I’d be down for that!) And I have been meaning to grill it, but I get hungry and impatient too quickly. However, this salad would be worth developing a lil’ patience for! Looks absolutely perfect, refreshing and seriously delish! Thanks for sharing another stellar dish♡

    • Girl, if you can find us a gig to be paid to eat watermelon I’m totally down for that! No reason to be impatient – it grills up fast! Thanks for your kind words, friend. You make my heart smile!

    • Thanks Gayle! We had this with our dinner Sunday night as a trial run for a dinner party coming up this weekend! It’s going on the menu!

    • Thanks, Kathy! I ran out of tequila, so I figured if I couldn’t add booze I would throw it on the grill!

  2. I love caprese salad but for some reason I have never made it at home!! I know that needs to change and this version with watermelon probably will be my new favorite!

  3. GRILLED watermelon?? That is such a brilliant idea. We are moving to a house (right now we have an apartment) in a few days, so we will finally be able to have a grill, and I am SO excited. I’m basically going to grill anything and everything. So this salad is perfect for me right now! Can’t wait to try!

    • Thanks so much Jenna! You should totally try grilling fruit of all kind – it’s amazing! Thanks for letting me party with y’all! Such a fun idea!

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