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  • Makes 8 cups

Nothing tastes as sweet and succulent as grilled melon. This summery side dish features three different types. While white balsamic vinegar is a classic pairing with fresh melons, you can use white wine vinegar or even apple cider vinegar in this easy recipe.

grilled melon salad


  • ½ of a 5-lb. seedless baby watermelon, rind removed
  • ½ of a cantaloupe, seeded and peeled
  • ½ of a honeydew melon, seeded and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pistachios, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. Cut watermelon into 1-inch-thick slices. Cut cantaloupe and honeydew into 1-inch-thick wedges. Arrange fruit on a tray; drizzle with vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill melons, covered, over medium 2 minutes, turning once. Return melons to tray. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Drain any liquid that has collected around the melons.
  3. Cut melons into 1-inch cubes; spoon into a bowl. Top with pistachios and basil.

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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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