O2 Fitness Food of the Week: Watermelon

Aug 05, 2013

August 3rd was National Watermelon Day! It's not too late to celebrate by having a slice of juicy watermelon this week.  Did you know that this fruit is over 90% water!  Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin A (important for eye health and boosts immunity) and C (also boosts immunity) and a good source of vitamin B6 (important for nerve function and helps the body use protein).

Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

Makes 4 servings.  Preparation time: 20 minutes

Watermelons (botanical name Citrullus lanatus) in abundance at outdoor farmers' market in Sarasota, Florida


  • 3 (1/2-inch-thick) watermelon rounds, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons bottled balsamic glaze



  • Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Brush both sides of each watermelon quarter with olive oil, and season with desired amount of salt and pepper. Cut prosciutto into thin strips.
  • Grill watermelon quarters, without grill lid, 1 minute on each side or until grill marks appear.
  • Transfer watermelon to a serving plate; top with blue cheese, prosciutto strips, and fresh basil. Drizzle watermelon with balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.

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