8 fruits that are surprisingly good grilled


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Warm weather is already here a fortunate number of you, and it will eventually get here for those of us wondering why we're still wearing coats, hats and scarves a few days into this alleged "spring." With warm weather, of course, comes grilling.

Grilled fruits are a fantastic option for omnivores who want to mix things up and for vegans and vegetarians who want something other than grilled corn on the cob (which is still, of course, nom nom nom).


First things first

The list we’ve compiled doesn’t include every fruit, but theoretically you can grill anything you’d like. Just know that you can't grill a strawberry or blueberry for as long as you would a slice of pineapple or mango.

You want to pick fruit that is ripe — especially when it comes to figs — but still firm; otherwise, you’re going to end up with a mess-and-a-half to clean up and absolutely zero noms.

Clean that grill and don’t turn it up as high as you would to grill a steak, burger or hot dog — unless you want charbroiled bananas, of course (no).

Cooking spray is your friend. Very lightly coat your fruit before grilling so it doesn’t stick. That would suck.

Wash your fruit really well and, except for the pineapple, do not peel it.


1. Watermelon

Cantaloupe works, too.


2. Apples

Cut that baby into circle slices and grill it. As soon as you remove from the grill, drizzle with cinnamon and brown sugar.


3. Pineapple

We love this recipe for grilled pineapple from Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa.


4. Peaches

Cut the peaches in half, pit them and grill them up. Grilled apricots are equally delicious.


5. Bananas

Cut them in half with the peel on. Throw them on the grill. Drizzle with a pinch of brown sugar when they are done.


6. Mango

Slice that baby up and throw it on the grill. If you are a fan of mango, that is all you need. Yum!


7. Figs

OK, pay close attention, because this will change your life: Don’t peel them. Cut them in half. Grill them. When they are hot off the grill, top with some goat cheese so that it gets melty; drizzle with the tiniest bit of balsamic, and you’re very welcome forever.


8. Strawberries

Cut them in half and grill them on their own — or make fantastic kebobs! Grab a skewer and include strawberries, blueberries, banana slices, maybe even some kiwi — go nuts — and grill. If you like strawberries in your salad, add them to a skewer that includes grilled shrimp, basil leaves and mozzarella cheese. Don’t grill the basil and cheese, of course.