I’ve become very brave this summer.

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By grilling EVERYTHING.

I really mean everything.

Give it to me, I will grill it.

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Like I even need to mention anything with tomatoes and mozzarella and basil ever again. My infatuation is over the top. And just in case you doubt it, I’ve made caprese baked pasta, caprese quinoa with homemade basil oil, roasted tomato caprese panzanella (my favorite!), caprese grilled cheese (!!!), fried green tomato caprese stacks, caprese shells with mini meatballs and red wine flank steak with caprese salsa. Soooo many exclamation points. I don’t think I will ever be caprese-d out. Especially since I only get to reap the benefits of the ingredients for about 90 days every summer. A little more, sometimes a little less.

All aboard the caprese train.

I’m even (sort of) over my fear of blowing up the house if I attempt to use the grill on my own. I’m not over the fear of blowing out my camera lens when I put it centimeters away from 600 degree grates. I’d rather buy a new pair of shoes. Not a new camera lens. That’s just real.

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I freak out over this combination because it involves something sweet. A lot of times the watermelon version of caprese removes the tomatoes… but I say keep ‘em. They are cute little juicy jewels that burst with flavor when covered with tons of salt. Plus, keeping them in there means you are eating more vegetables! Don’t even tell me they’re a fruit. No. Stop. Stop it. Don’t say it.



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I might be weird (definitely) but I find a meal like this pretty satisfying for dinner. Of course, I usually have seconds or thirds, but I don’t really need anything else. Except for… maybe… some grilled corn. That’s what we ate on Monday night. Last night… I ate pancakes for dinner. Accidentally. But on purpose. I just didn’t want to make ANYTHING.

You know those nights? This works on a night like this. It takes mere minutes to prepare. Heck, you can even just make the watermelon and top it with some ice cream or something.

Wait. How did I get there? From a healthy meal to ice cream. Why? How does this happen to me.

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Honey Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salads

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 30 mintues


2 large, round watermelon slices, each cut into 4 triangles
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 pint of grape tomatoes, quartered
4 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cut in half or sliced
a bunch of fresh basil leaves
balsamic glaze for drizzling


Preheat your grill to medium heat. Brush both sides of each watermelon triangle with olive oil and season all sides with salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of honey over each triangle and place them on the grill, grilling each side for about 2 minutes. Remove and add a little more honey if desired.

Assemble salads by placing 2 watermelon triangles on each plate, then cover with a sprinkle of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves. Add some salt and pepper on top, then drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve!

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Eat that color!

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92 Responses to “Honey Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salads.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 31, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    Oh my gosh! The watermelon pictures are gorgeous! I love caprese salads and love, love, love that you added watermelon! Fabulous idea! I am soooooo making this recipe.


  2. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — July 31, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    Gorgeous! That mozzarella looks heavenly!


  3. #
    Dana Ivy — July 31, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    Heck yeah this would satisfy me for dinner! Holy delish!

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  4. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — July 31, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    Well In Australia we commonly grill fruit in order to bring out the sweetness. Especially important in summer when everything semi cold seems bland, my faves to grill are pineapple,peach and honey melon.
    So colourful and I suspect this could go well with some grilled off sour dough! YUM!


  5. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — July 31, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    these combos look amazing, and that color!!! to pretty to eat… well maybe not tooooo pretty to eat.


  6. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 31, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    The grilled watermelon in this sounds so freaking good! Keep on grilling and we’ll keep making your wild creations!


  7. #
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun — July 31, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    I have never thought of grilled watermelon but it looks DELICIOUS! I don’t know if I could get the hubby to try it, but we could work on that :)


  8. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — July 31, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Hello gorgeous!!!! I haven’t tried grilling watermelon yet (usually it doesn’t last longer than about 5 minutes when I pull it out of the fridge… it ‘disappears’ somehow! ;) BUT, I have been getting over BBQ fears too. I replaced my propane tank (all by myself!!!) without blowing up myself or my house, which I was pretty impressed with. These photos are absolutely beautiful!


  9. #
    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake — July 31, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    That looks gorgeous.


  10. #
    Meg Jones | The Spatularettes — July 31, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    Confession time: I bought one watermelon this summer in the midst of that heatwave. I waited too long to cut it and somehow it FERMENTED. And started FOAMING through little cracks in the rind. Did you know that was possible??? Yeah, me either. Needless to say I was a little turned off by watermelon, but this recipe may have just changed my mind!


  11. #
    DessertForTwo — July 31, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    You had me at honey!

    I’ve been eating quinoa caprese salad all week for lunch. So good! The fresh mozarells melts and makes the quinoa clumpy. I got the idea from your quinoa, corn and cheddar salad :)


  12. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — July 31, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    And I seriously have all the ingredients on hand for this which must clearly mean to make it ASAP. Yummmmm.


  13. #
    Archana @feedingthefoodie — July 31, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    Love all things caprese!!! Grilled watermelon just takes it to another level.
    Great idea and gorgeous pics – as always!!


  14. #
    Sarah | The Sugar Hir — July 31, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    I don’t know how you stopped yourself from just eating that watermelon! It looks incredible.


  15. #
    Kim in Md — July 31, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    Your photos are stunning, as usual! This looks so delicious, and I agree that this would be perfect for dinner on a hot summer day. I grill all the time, even when my husband isn’t home. I tease him all the time that everything he knows about grilling he learned from me! I say it jokingly, but it’s true- grilling is not just for men!


  16. #
    Tieghan — July 31, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    That watermelon drenched in honey is the most delicious looking thing ever. Oh my gosh. I wan’t, no need this whole thing. Amazing!!!! (4 exclamation points needed)


  17. #
    Jenna — July 31, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    This is the most beautiful meal!!! Yum


  18. #
    Marta @ petiteraisin.ca — July 31, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    One word: YES!

    Looks awesome – grilling everything is a great problem.


  19. #
    Morgan — July 31, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    That salad looks awesome and you go girl, with the grill. Also, the photographs are stunning!


  20. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 31, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Gimme the salad and no one gets hurt.


  21. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — July 31, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    OMG this looks like the best thing ever. Like, no words.


  22. #
    Cookin Canuck — July 31, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    This is brilliant! A little watermelon sweetness with one of my favorite salads sounds perfect.


  23. #
    Melissa — July 31, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    So unique! It looks incredible! The flavors I bet, work really well together, too.


  24. #
    Katie — July 31, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    I’m always SO pleasantly surprised when there is watermelon instead of (or in addition to) tomatoes.


  25. #
    Cate — July 31, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    !!!!!!!!! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Also, not to be picky, but I think you left honey off of the ingredient list. No biggie since it’s in the instructions, but thought I’d let you know.


  26. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 31, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!


  27. #
    carrian — July 31, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    ok, that looks and sounds incredible!


  28. #
    Laurie E. — July 31, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I wonder what would happen if you were to add bacon to this? Would it still be considered a “caprese salad?” Would anyone care?


  29. #
    Amanda @ Food, Fitness, Faith — July 31, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    This looks just beyond fabulous! I’m finally getting more comfortable grilling on my own and definitely think I could manage this!


  30. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — July 31, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    gorgeous! what a perfect summer meal!


  31. #
    Skazka Vostoka — July 31, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    Unbelievable! Very original! I love it! Great, now that there are watermelons! Be sure to cook! Once again – I’m in wild delight.


  32. #
    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — July 31, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    i love how you are taking full advantage of capresing :P absolutely love everything on that plate including the plate :)


  33. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — July 31, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    I have never tried grilling watermelon but after looking at this recipe I definitely want to!


  34. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 31, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    This is awesome! Man, you weren’t kidding when you said you have been grilling everything!


  35. #
    Marissa@ohhhsolovely — July 31, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    this looks wonderful! i find myself grilling a lot this summer as well now that we’re keeping the grill more accessible. i don’t mind & neither does my fam. grilled food is so great!


  36. #
    Cassidy — July 31, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    this looks amazing!! omg you and ashley (edible perspective) should do a grill off!! That would be awesome!


  37. #
    Lizzy — July 31, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Holy cow, yum!


  38. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 31, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    I’ve never grilled watermelon but now that I have heard of it, I’ll be obsessed thinking about it til I try it. This sounds so good!


  39. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — July 31, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    My parents have this awesome framed print in their kitchen that says “Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

    This is dangerously close to a fruit salad, but I think you might have found the perfect exception to the rule :)


  40. #
    Wendy @ All Kinds of Miles — July 31, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    You kno


  41. #
    Wendy@ All Kinds of Miles — July 31, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Can someone please explain why I do that every time? #fatthumbs. Just wanted to say this looks delicious!!


  42. #
    holly — July 31, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    tomatoes may be a fruit but guess what i just found out via rachael ray magazine? watermelon is a vegetable! it’s in the cucumber family!


  43. #
    Marcie — July 31, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    I love that you grill everything–bring it on! Looks delicious!


  44. #
    Larry — July 31, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Damn! This looks so refreshing yet satisfying at the same time! AHHH!


  45. #
    Michelle — July 31, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    That last picture is just to die for.


  46. #
    Dani — July 31, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    I’m confused–the recipe calls for an onion but I don’t see an instruction for it? Did you mince the onion and just throw it into the salad? Grill it first? Help! Ha.


    • Jessica — July 31st, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

      ah sorry – that measurement was for the honey. no idea why i wrote onion!


  47. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — July 31, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    I think grilling is fun! Although I only have a George Foreman — does that count? I also lump roasting in with grilling……….. sorta the same? Kinda, maybe…


  48. #
    Jenni — July 31, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Watermelon? And caprese??? Mind. Blown.


  49. #
    Lauren — July 31, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    I have been silently obsessing about throwing some watermelon on the grill, but I haven’t tried it yet this summer. Here’s my inspiration! That gorgeous pic of the melon slices dripping in honey= love!


  50. #
    LisaG — July 31, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    Sexy salad!’



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