Summer is in full swing and so is grilling season! Did you know the grill isn’t just for meats and vegetables? Grilling fruit is becoming increasingly popular and we’re loving it! We enjoy spending time outside making dinner and even desserts on the grill. Grilling fruit increases its sweetness by reducing the water and caramelizing the natural sugar. Grilled fruit pairs well with your favorite spices and liqueurs; they can be sweet and savory, great salad toppers or even desserts. Here are our top nine favorite recipes!
Adding fruit to grilled vegetable kebabs amplifies flavors and intensifies brightness for any dish. Not only are they beautiful but these Grilled Rainbow Fruit and Vegetable Kebabs are vegan too! “These simple grilled rainbow fruit and vegetable kebabs are the perfect side dish for any summer dinner or party. They look pretty so they would be fun to entertain with. I ate these for a couple days after they were made and they tasted as good as when I made them” says Amanda Hernandez, MA, RD from The Nutritionist Reviews
Sweet, savory and spicy! These skewers can be eaten as a main dish, due to the high protein from tofu or even as a side to a delicious salad. “This recipe is the perfect marriage of sweet, spicy, and deeply savory flavors. Charring the peaches and red onion play up their sweetness and adds smoky, bitter notes. I used my trusted cast iron grill pan to achieve deep char marks (which I highly recommend!), but if you happen to have the outdoor grill fired up, these skewers loveee some live-fire.” says Jamie Vespa MS, RD, LD/N of Dishing Out Health
Adding a savory balsamic drizzle to a traditional grilled dessert takes this dish above and beyond! “Grilled peaches are a great summer dessert option because there’s minimal cooking involved. Especially if you’re already using the barbecue, this recipe is fast, easy and great for company! The balsamic drizzle is optional but it does elevate this dish to the next level. You could also add some kefir (I tried these with sheep kefir and it’s amazing) or yogurt (coconut yogurt if you’re dairy-free or vegan)” says Christy Brissette, MS, RD of 80 Twenty Nutrition
Two summer favorites together in one dish is ideal! Pairing grilled watermelon and avocado in this salad will leave everyone wanting more. Take your salad to the next level! “So throwing your watermelon on the grill like with this Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad will help evaporate some of the moisture and leave you with an impossibly sweet treat. Avocados are also irresistible on the grill. I love the texture they get, and the mild smokiness it imparts on their otherwise creamy dreamy flesh” says Abbey Sharp, RD from Abbey’s Kitchen
Everyone loves a little sweetness in their salads! Instead of using dried fruit which can be high in sugar, grill up some fresh peaches! “Throw a few peaches on the grill and whip up this salad—you’ll enjoy an unexpected sweet and savory meal while also benefiting from an extra boost of vitamin C to boost your immunity and help build collagen to keep your skin looking young, potassium for a healthy heart, dietary fiber to keep you regular and vitamin A for good vision!” says Tammy and Lyssie, RD of Nutrition Twins
We love to add even more nutrients to our salads! “Apricots are an excellent source of Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, which can promote healthy skin, healthy vision and is important in brain functioning. Fiber is another important nutrient found in apricots. One cup of apricots has about 3 grams of fiber, which can promote healthy digestion and intestinal function” says Kathy Siegel MS, RDN, CDN and Tracee Yablon-Brenner RD, CHHC of Triad to Wellness
This sweet treat is flavorful and nutritious. Not only does this dish provide micronutrients from the pineapple but also omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts. This is a “simple recipe that is elegant enough for dessert but healthful enough for breakfast” says Maria Adams, RD from Halsa Nutrition.
You’ll think this dessert came from an elegant restaurant, but you can make it right in your backyard! “What is better than a ripe, summer peach? A grilled summer peach–sticky with honey and wine. This simple dessert defines healthy indulgence!” says Katie Cavuto, RD
Cut the added sugars by grilling some pineapple and adding creamy toppings! “Fruit is a great healthy dessert option during the summer. Leave the grill fired up after dinner and kick up the flavor of your fruit by grilling it! Fruit is a great healthy dessert option during the summer” says Julie Harrington, RD from RDelicious Kitchen