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6 Surprising Things You Can Grill

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3. Fruit
I am a huge fan of caramelized fruit, and cooking fruit on the grill does just that. You can use pineapple, peaches, mangos, bananas–I can hardly think of a fruit that wouldn’t work. Use large chunks or make fruit kabobs, brush with oil and grill over medium-high heat. You can also marinade the fruit first with a sweet marinade to make a glaze–play around with maple syrup and lemon or honey and orange juice. Grilled fruit can be eaten on its own, as a side for meats, used in a salad, or for dessert served with ice cream.

Grilled Fruit Kabobs
Grilled Peaches, Bitter Greens, and Goat Cheese Salad

4. Cheese
Salty, yummy halloumi, a traditional cheese from Cyprus, is a wonder on the grill. It stands up to high heat without melting, rather it just gets smoky and creamy and mellow and perfect. You can also use thick slices of aged provolone if you prefer. Brush the cheese with oil, and grill over medium high heat until golden, flip, and grill the other side. My favorite way to eat grilled cheese is on (grilled!) bread with chopped raw tomatoes, sea salt and whatever fresh herbs you may have on hand. (Oregano is especially good.) Or, for the salty-sweet combination that weakens knees, halloumi is amazing with grilled fruit.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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6:29AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013


5:50AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Will people really do these?

5:51PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Will try grilling an avacado, bot a few small ones, maybe add them to a salad

5:50PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Love the pineapple! I grill it weekly and it's just so yummy! Thanks

5:20PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

ive tried everything but the cake&salad I love grilling any&everything I can think of. thanks for the new tips!

7:04AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

This reminds me of my friend who once said she felt like grilling her nasty sister.

7:26PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012


11:34AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Back in Mexico, we had to quit barbecuing...the beans kept falling between the grates.

4:48AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:23PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Love some of these ideas. Thanks.

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