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Grilled Watermelon Salad

Grilled Watermelon with Feta and Arugula-Mint Pesto

  • Author: Tiffany
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This Grilled Watermelon dish with feta and arugula-mint pesto is the quintessential summer side. Sweet, savory, bright, and packed with flavor. 


  • 1 small seedless watermelon
  • Pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta

For the Pesto:

  • 3 cups baby arugula (about 5 oz)
  • 3/4 cup packed fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper


  1. Prepare the pesto. Combine the arugula, mint, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until incorporated. Pour in the olive oil while processing, blending until emulsified. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
  2. Slice the watermelon into thick wedges (with the rind kept on) and grill until charred, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Arrange the grilled watermelon on a large platter and drizzle with the pesto. Sprinkle the crumbled feta evenly on top and finish with additional toasted pine nuts and some fresh mint sprigs. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 240
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 143mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 4.8g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg