13 Grilled Fruits For a Sweeter Summer

#13 grilled fruits for a sweeter summer

Make the most of fruit’s natural sweetness on the grill. Yep, the same grill that cooks your favorite steaks and burgers caramelizes the natural sugars in fruit and enhances flavors in a way that no other cooking method can. The fruit can shine on its own or be a component in an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert.


Tips for Grilling Fruit


Firm and just-barely-ripe fruits cut into large pieces are the best candidates for the grill. Cooking softens the fruit, and you want it to hold its shape and not fall through the grates! Use skewers or a grill pan for smaller fruits like grapes, strawberries or blueberries. The simplest grilled fruits are low in calories and full of nutrients, so you can indulge guilt-free in large serving sizes.


Use a medium-low flame or indirect heat to grill fruit. Fruit cooks in just a few minutes per side, so stay close to get it off the heat as soon as it’s done.


Just the Fruit, Ma’am!


For the purist, there’s nothing better than fresh fruit grilled on its own, either completely naked or with just a few added flavors to please a more sophisticated palate with a touch of the unexpected.

Grilled Canteloupe

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitSweetened with honey and kicked up a notch with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper, this is an unexpected blend of flavors. The fruit is the focus, but the cayenne is a pleasant surprise, tempered by the sweet honey glaze.

 

Grilled Pineapple Kebabs

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitA sweet-hot marinade brings out the best of big pineapple chunks cooked on the grill. Hot sauce adds zing, but you can leave it out for a milder buttery sweet treat.

Sweet Grilled Mango Slices

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitCinnamon adds a touch of the exotic to tropical mangoes. Glazed with honey and cinnamon sugar, you will grill these fruit slices on foil to maximize the sweet glaze.

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitBrown sugar, honey and lime juice make a delicious marinade that grills into a sweet glaze for fresh pineapple. The cream cheese and yogurt based lime dip is a creamy bonus.

 


For Meat-Loving Fruit Lovers


Smokey caramelized fruit adds a sweet surprise to meaty main dishes. Pineapple is a popular grill partner with chicken, but we’ve included some grilled peach and plantain recipes, too.

Hawaiian Grilled Chicken & Pineapple

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitSurf's up with this kebab recipe that's perfect for dinner on the beach (or dinner when you wish you were on the beach). Soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger add a complex mix of exotic flavors.

Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitSeafood, pineapple and island flavors are a summer favorite on the grill. The food processor makes quick work of blending the dozen-plus marinade ingredients that add complex flavors to this dish.

 Caribbean Steak with Grilled Plantains and Coleslaw

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitBeef is what's for dinner. Serve it with crunchy coleslaw and grilled plantains brushed with a glaze of brown sugar, butter and rum for a vacation in a meal.

Peachy Grilled Chicken

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitA packaged marinade mix simplifies preparation for this fruity grilled chicken. It makes enough marinade to coat fresh peach halves for their turn on the grill.

 


New Favorite Grilled Fruit Pairings


Why be predictable? Try grilled fruit with goat cheese, chocolate, sorbet and more, and you’ll never look back! Appetizers, salads and desserts are all delicious grilled fruit options.

Grilled Figs with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitSo elegant! These appetizers look uber-fancy, but they are really easy to make. Timing is everything, so watch them carefully on the grill to make them just right - don't let all the the goat cheese melt away!

Grilled Pineapple & Cucumber Salad

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitUnexpected combinations of hot and cool fuel this salad surprise. Grilled pineapple, hot peppers and cool cucumbers make a refreshing summer salad. A little bit sweet and a little bit hot - maybe like you??

Grilled Chocolate Banana Melt

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitThe kids will love these, so make plenty - you'll want some, too! S'more-like, but with bananas! The preparation couldn't be easier (make the kids help!) and the foil wrap makes the cooking time very forgiving.

Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Sorbet

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitTake a trip to the tropics in your own backyard! The mix of textures will delight, starting with the grilled honey-glazed pineapple to the smooth sorbet to the crunchy toasted coconut topping.

Piña Colada Pie On the Grill

sweeten your meal with grilled fruitNo need to heat the oven for this summer pie - you bake it on the grill! Starting with prepared pie crust saves lots of prep time, and the rum-flavored coconut filling couldn't be easier.

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