Weird but Delicious Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Everything’s better on the grill. But your average griller typically sticks to burgers, hot dogs, and steaks. If you’re looking to branch out with your barbecue this summer, these recipes are for you.

1. Salad

grilled romaine

Grilled romaine is somehow delicious. | Saaster/iStock/Getty Images

We know, this sounds crazy because there are few things worse than a soggy, hot salad. But, for some reason, grilled salad is weirdly delicious. All you need is a head of romaine lettuce cut lengthwise, some olive oil, steak seasoning, and lemon juice. And presto! You have the perfect salad to go with your juicy grilled steak.

Next: A boozy grilled beverage 

2. Cocktails

glasses and shots with different colored cocktails

You haven’t tasted summer until you’ve tried a grilled peach cocktail. | Tsuguliev/iStock/Getty Images

Can you even think of a drink that sounds more summery than a grilled peach cocktail? Half Baked Harvest offers a grilled peach basil bourbon Arnold Palmer recipe that’s to die for. What a perfect drink to sip on as you barbecue the day away.

Next: Fruit and cheese on the grill may sound crazy, but it’s just crazy enough to work. 

3. Watermelon and feta cheese

watermelon and feta salad

They make perfect skewers. | iStock

Skewers were made for the grill, but watermelon and feta cheese? No way, it can’t be! Oh but it can be, young grillers. In fact, Martha Stewart herself recommends this winning summery combination.

“Juicy watermelon gets a heavenly charred note from the heat of the grill. Salty feta and fresh basil bring it back down to earth,” reads her site.

Next: The best way to eat carrots

4. Carrots with ginger

Fresh carrots arranged on a wooden background.

Try Martha Stewart’s recipe for carrots and ginger. | iStock.com/Nataliia_Pyzhova

This Martha Stewart recommendation is nothing short of delectable. “Try this dish once and you’ll wonder why you ever ate your carrots any other way. Fire brings out the vegetable’s intense sweetness and adds an irresistible kiss of smoke and char,” she says. Get the recipe here.

Next: The smokiest guacamole you’ll ever eat 

5. Guacamole

mexican guacamole

Grill the avocados. | iStock.com/Fudio

Take the skin off your avocados and plop ’em right on the grill for the smokiest, yummiest guacamole you’ll ever have. Keep them there until they start to get those nice char lines and then smash them into a bowl along with the rest of your favorite guac ingredients for an extremely smooth dip.

Next: Fire up the grill for your next wine and cheese party! 

6. Cheese wheel

Wheel of Gouda cheese

It gets a smoky flavor. | Ozgur Coskun/iStock/Getty Images

This isn’t your mother’s grilled cheese. If you throw a thick-rinded cheese on the grill (like a Camembert) the inside is going to melt into perfectly gooey, oozy goodness. The outside rind gets a delicious smoky flavor as well.

Next: Grilled breakfast

7. French toast

french toast

The grill takes your French toast to another level. | MariuszBlach/iStock/Getty Images

French toast is already delicious, but everything’s better grilled, right? So it’s unsurprising, then, that grilling your French toast takes it to a whole new level.

“Choose your favorite toppings, or go with the brown sugar and peach combination from Half Baked Harvest. Don’t forget to give your grill grates a good brushing before throwing your breakfast on the fire,” offers Bustle.

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