Upgrade Your Holiday Fruit Salad With This Grilled Watermelon & Pineapple Recipe
Summer barbecue tables aren't complete without a fruit salad, and though we've no problem with a classic bowl of chopped fresh fruit—you can do better than that.
Grilling fruit brings out the natural sweetness, allowing you to introduce other flavors to the party. This simple recipe pairs grilled watermelon and pineapple with a flavor-packed dressing of soy sauce, ginger, scallions, and mint.
It's the perfect sweet, spicy, salty fruit salad to make for your holiday dinner this weekend.
Grilled Watermelon & Pineapple Salad With a Scallion Soy Sauce
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
- 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
- ½ cup scallions, extra charred and chopped
- 1 Tbsp. mint, slice thin
- 3 large or 4 smaller 1-inch-thick slices watermelon
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 3 large or 4 smaller 1-inch-thick slices
- ¼ cup jalapeño, sliced thin
- ½ cup scallion greens, sliced very thin
- Combine the soy sauce, coconut, ginger, sesame oil, black pepper, charred scallions, and mint, and stir.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
- Prepare a medium-hot grill. Use 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce to brush the watermelon slices lightly.
- Grill for about 3 minutes per side, or until charred. Remove from heat and large dice. Now grill pineapple for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, and dice when done.
- Toss together with jalapeño and scallion greens, and let sit for a few minutes before serving. Toss again just before serving.
Ed Harris is an executive chef and the founder of Chef Life Consulting, where he helps other chefs and restaurants with developing businesses and menus. Most well known for winning Food Network’s hit cooking show “Chopped," he received his culinary education at the Art Institute of New York City and now specializes in creating dishes that are healthy, taste great and can provide health benefit with inspiration from a variety of different culinary traditions.