Intro to Cooking: Grilled Watermelon and Pineapple Salad
As the end of May gets closer, I start to crave the summer foods of my childhood: potato salad, greasy hamburgers, funnel cakes, Push Pops… It can’t just be me, right? However, a lot of those foods aren’t exactly, um, healthy. To lighten things up a little bit, let’s talk about fruit.
Watermelon and pineapple are two of my favorite summer fruits. And guess what? They’re delicious together. And they’re delicious grilled, either outside on your dad’s charcoal grill or inside in a skillet.
And, obviously, they’re super good for you! Watermelon is high in antioxidants, as well as lycopene and vitamins C and A. Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory and it can also provide a boost to your digestive and immune systems. Pineapple is also a great fruit for the summer because it can help protect your eyes against macular degeneration, which is caused by sun exposure.
I picked this recipe because… I love to grill things. It’s a great way to spice up pretty much anything. And grilling is an inherently social activity. Plus, you can make it for cookouts and say, “Look guys, you don’t have to eat an entire week’s worth of calories today!”
Grilled Watermelon and Pineapple Salad
You will need…
About 1/2 of a pineapple, cut into slices
About 1/4 of a watermelon, cut into slices
1 teaspoon of honey
About 1 teaspoon of thyme
How to make it….
Grill the pineapple and watermelon on a grill pan indoors, or on a grill outside, for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cube the slices into bite size pieces. In a small bowl, juice the two limes. Combine with honey and thyme and drizzle over fruit. Toss and serve!
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