Grilled Watermelon and Watercress Salad

Grilled Watermelon, Goat Cheese and Watercress Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled watermelon recipes, watermelon salad recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Energy: 99 kcal
Author: Jennifer
An easy and pretty Summer salad, featuring delicious grilled watermelon. Serve the grilled watermelon at room temperature or make ahead and refrigerate and serve cooled.


  • 1- inch thick slices of fresh watermelon cut into rounds with a glass, ring or cookie cutter
  • 3 oz. log of goat cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • Fresh watercress
  • Prosciutto slices
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze*


  1. Heat BBQ or grill pan to medium-high. Lightly grease BBQ or grill pan with a bit of oil. Place watermelon pieces on grill and grill until grill marks show on the underside. Flip and grill the other side. Remove to a plate to cool. Can be made ahead. Simply cool, cover and refrigerate.
  2. Prepare the goat cheese by cutting log in to 3/4-inch rounds. Grind some pepper on to a flat plate and roll the goat cheese round edges in to the pepper, to crust the outside edge. Set aside while you prepare the salad.
  3. To make the prosciutto roses: Place a slice of prosciutto in front of you, with the long side facing you and the flat bottom length closest to you. Fold 1/3 of the prosciutto slice up. Starting with the short end, roll the prosciutto loosely, until it is all rolled up. Gently loosen the top of the rose shape to form a rose. Set aside.
  4. When ready to plate your salad. Clean and dry watercress and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and toss. Place watercress along one side of your plate. Place grilled watermelon round on plate and top with pepper-crusted goat cheese round. Place prosciutto rose next to the watermelon. Place 5 or 6 drops of balsamic glaze along the open side of the plate. Use a skewer or toothpick to run through the middle of each drop, in a line, to make a heart-like shape. Sprinkle watercress and goat cheese with chopped pistachios.
  5. *Balsamic glaze is a reduced and sweetened balsamic vinegar, that is thicker than balsamic vinegar. It is available in with the balsamic vinegar in most stores. Look for a small bottle.