Grilled Jicama, Watermelon and Avocado Salad With Cotija Cheese

Makes 6 Servings

  • Total Time: 21
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 6

Did you know watermelon is a perfect grilling vegetable? It’s true! Some might say it’s also a great grilling fruit—though we’ll let others sort that one out.

No matter what you call these melons, once grilled, their caramelly-savory side emerges in a new texture. Not to mention those intriguing black stripes. This recipe brings extra flavor dimensions for a not-too-sweet watermelon salad. Even the grilled jicama shows up smoky. Add cilantro and cotija cheese, and you have some of summer’s freshest finds in one spot.



1 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into half-inch sticks

1/2 pound jicama, peeled and cut into half-inch sticks

Olive oil spray

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 avocado, pitted and thinly sliced

1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced into thin rounds

1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Lime wedges, kosher salt


  1. Preheat a gas grill to 450 degrees.
  2. Spray watermelon and jicama lightly on both sides with olive oil spray. Transfer fruit to hot grill, in a grill basket if desired, and cook for 3 minutes, until char marks form on the flesh. Flip fruit to second side and grill for 3 minutes more.
  3. Meanwhile, combine lime juice, chili powder and salt in a large bowl. Add grilled fruit, jalapeno slices and cotija cheese and toss until well combined.
  4. Begin arranging fruit mixture on a large serving platter, layering in avocado slices throughout. Garnish with chopped cilantro and an extra squeeze of lime juice. Season with additional kosher salt to taste.