Grilled Watermelon with Lime-Mint Yogurt Sauce

Refreshing and juicy but with a toasted complexity that is balanced by the lime. This unique appetizer is as tasty as it is hydrating.

Makes 12 servings


Grilled Watermelon Ingredients

  • 1 medium watermelon
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2-3 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, medium coarse
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, diced

Lime-Mint Yogurt Sauce Ingredients (Optional)

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped


Slice watermelon into 3/4-inch thick wedges, keeping the rind on.

Whisk together lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and cayenne pepper.

If making yogurt sauce, in a separate bowl, whisk yogurt with 2 tablespoons lime and 2 tablespoons mint in a separate bowl and, Set aside both mixtures.

Heat outdoor or stovetop grill to high. When grill is hot, brush each side of watermelon slices with lime-honey mixture and grill until you see grill marks, about 1-2 minutes, then flip and grill another minute.

Remove watermelon from grill, sprinkle with salt and mint leaves. Repeat until all watermelon is done or grill watermelon as needed. If using, serve yogurt sauce on the side.