Refreshing and sweet, Grilled Watermelon Pizza with Blueberries, Parmesan and Arugula is a fun twist on the traditional pizza pie. Simple to make, this is a summertime must have for every party this season.
I always wanted to build a vegetable garden…..for like a billion years. When we bought our house four summers ago, I was itching to dig up the yard and start a mini farm. Really. I had visions of rows of sweet pea vines, corn stalks and perfectly perky tomato plants thriving in the summer sun just bursting with fresh vegetables. I imagined a pretty willow fence with a path of crushed pebbles where I’d carry a straw basket out to the garden to gather the goods. Can you tell I spent quite a bit of time pinning vegetable garden on Pinterest? Well, I finally got my vegetable garden this summer and let me tell you…..it’s not quite the stunner I had hoped it would be. And I’ve already had a few casualties like our broccoli got all weird, then turned yellow with some black spots so they had to go. And the cauliflower was sadly following in it’s footsteps so out they came. A bunny keeps eating the carrot leaves and kale. But I do have a few tomato plants that seem to be doing well and we’re already knee deep in cucumbers. And we have some baby watermelon which is really all we wanted anyway. Sooooo……there’s that.
Summer wouldn’t be complete without the juicy goodness of a big, ripe watermelon. It’s something I crave when the weather gets warm, and one bite can totally blast away the effects of sweltering hot day. I remember long summer days playing in the woods behind my house spending hours just wandering around exploring…but once I heard the crickets start to chirp and spotted the twinkle of the first lightening bug I knew it was time to head home. Once I reached the front door, there was always a plate of chilled watermelon wedges waiting for me. The best form of hydration…in my opinion.
My little guy has the same love of watermelon as I do….but he spends his days swimming around in the pool not so far from the house. I still offer up plates of chilled watermelon wedges as a healthy snack…but the adults like to play with their food a little more. And that’s how this Grilled Watermelon Pizza with Blueberries, Parmesan and Arugula came to be.
You would think that a grilled watermelon would lose it’s juiciness…but that’s not the cause. In fact, I feel it actually enhances the flavor, kind of like a release mechanism that makes them just burst at the seems with flavor. The outside has bits of caramelized sugar from the grill grates adding a fun, tasty texture and THEN you can top with anything you like. For this recipe I topped our pizza with a pile of baby arugula, some sliced cherry tomatoes, blueberries and shaved parmesan. The saltiness is totally on point here….don’t skip it, it just belongs there.
Drizzle with a bit of olive oil for a peppery finish and dig in. This Grilled Watermelon Pizza is the perfect light lunch or a great way to kick off a summer barbecue as a healthy appetizer. I just eat the whole pizza myself as my dinner some nights….and I don’t even feel bad about it. And really…why should I? It’s fruit, it’s healthy and it’s summer. Oh….and it only takes about 10 minutes to make from start to finish. Now….go make it! And if you’re looking for more of a salad to satisfy your watermelon craving DEFINITELY make THIS Watermelon Salad with Feta….it’s bonkers delicious!
Grilled Watermelon Pizza with Blueberries, Parmesan and Arugula
- 1 thick slice watermelon (approximately 1 1/2 inches thick)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup shaved parmesan
Get the full recipe instructions at RecipeGirl.com