Grilled Watermelon Pizza Popsicles

It’s usually a summertime staple at barbeques, pairing well with burgers and corn – but who knew watermelon could be more than a side dish?

With a shape that makes the perfect pizza decoy, it’s no wonder this recipe is a great spin on more traditional options. Besides it’s unique flavor, watermelon is 92 percent water and saturated with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. So hold off on making the call for a pizza delivery this summer – instead, head to the backyard, fire up the grill and give this juicy new recipe a try.

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Photo Credit: Grace Derocha, A Healthier Michigan

grilled watermelon pizza popsicles

Ingredients

  • Small seedless watermelon
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Mint, finely diced
  • Basil, finely diced

Grilled Watermelon Pizza Popsicles

Instructions
Step 1: Soak popsicle sticks ahead of time for about 1 hour.

Step 2: Cut watermelon into 1 ½ inch thick wedges.

Step 3: Lightly sprinkle the wedges on both sides with salt. Stand the wedges on their edges on a rack over a sink or pan and let them drain for half an hour, while the popsicle sticks soak.

Step 4: Preheat the grill to high.

Step 5: Press to remove excess water. You should stop just when you feel the watermelon begin to crunch.

Step 6: Insert popsicle stick through center of rind into watermelon.

Step 7: Brush the watermelon lightly on both sides with the olive oil. Grill over high heat until grill marks have formed and the melon is slightly softened, 3-5 minutes.

Step 8: Take off grill and place on plate. Sprinkle feta, mint basil on watermelon.

Step 9: Pick up with popsicle stick like a slice of pizza and enjoy!


Nutrional Analysis:
• Calories 124.6
• Total Fat 3.6 g
• Saturated Fat 2.1 g
• Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
• Monounsaturated Fat 1.2 g
• Cholesterol 12.6 mg
• Sodium 317.3 mg
• Potassium 338.4 mg
• Total Carbohydrate 22.4 g
• Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
• Sugars 17.7 g
• Protein 5.8 g
• Vitamin A 23.2 %
• Vitamin B- 124.0 %
• Vitamin B- 623.5 %
• Vitamin C 45.9 %
• Vitamin E 2.1 %
• Calcium 9.4 %
• Copper 4.9 %
• Folate 2.8 %
• Iron 3.5 %
• Magnesium 8.7 %
• Manganese 6 %
• Niacin 3.5 %
• Pantothenic Acid 7.5 %
• Phosphorus 7.4 %
• Riboflavin 10.4 %
• Selenium 3.4 %
• Thiamin 16.7 %
• Zinc 4.1 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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