Grilled watermelon with vegan feta

Sweet, salty, smoky – simply delicious! Grilled watermelon is great by itself and makes a perfect side dish. You can also add it to a salad.

Using everyday ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, a little salt and pepper and a sprinkle of vegan feta will help you transform a simple watermelon into a delicious summer [ side ] dish.
Simply throw fruit on the barbecue and use your favorite vegan cheese brand – I used a plant-based feta cheese from one of the local supermarkets – Jumbo.
Natural sugars in the watermelon caramelize on the grill, leaving it even sweeter than a fresh fruit. As far as it goes for the texture, the watermelon will toughen up a bit when thrown on the barbecue. Some say that grilled watermelon resembles a steak. I wouldn’t go that far. I had my fair share of steaks before going vegan and watermelon for sure doesn’t taste like one. It is delicious though and definitely worth trying!

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How to grill watermelon?

It is really easy! Use a little bit of olive oil, to prevent sticking, sprinkle each side with a little bit of salt and then place on indirect heat for a few minutes per side. The goal is to have a caramelized outside and a juicy center.

What are the top health benefits of watermelon?

Sweet and juicy watermelon is a perfect treat to satisfy your thirst during the summer heat. It’s also packed with nutrients and has numerous health benefits.
Here are a few:
  • keeps you hydrated
  • contains vitamin C, A, B1, B5, B6, magnesium and potassium
  • inhibits the growth of cancer cells
  • boost heart health
  • reduce muscle soreness
  • decrease inflammation

  • grilled watermelon

    Grilled watermelon with vegan feta

    Servings 8 servings
    Prep Time 5 mins
    Cook Time 10 mins
    Total Time 15 mins

    Equipment

    • barbecue or grill pan

    Ingredients

    • 1 small watermelon
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil more for serving
    • salt to taste
    • freshly ground pepper to taste
    • vegan feta
    • cilantro for serving

    Instructions

    • Get your watermelon ready :
      - start by cutting your watermelon in half
      - take one of those halves, face it red side down, and cut it in half again
      - place the watermelon on its side and slice into thick pieces
    • Brush watermelon slices with olive oil, to prevent sticking and season lightly with salt and pepper
    • Place on indirect heat for a few minutes per side
    • Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, crumbled vegan feta and fresh cilantro
    Course: Side Dish
    Keyword: BBQ, budget friendly, easy, grill, healthy, watermelon

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