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Summertime Surprises for the Grill

By Donna Stark

Summer has arrived, and it's time to fire up the grill, so head out to your local store and stock up on burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and steaks. But don't just stop there. Expand your barbecue menu, and surprise your guests in the process, by adding different items to the grill this year ... foods that aren't commonly seen being at most backyard barbecues. What are they? Take a look at a few of the most delicious examples below.


If you didn't think you could love watermelon on a hot summer day any more than you already do, think again! Watermelon is one of the most hydrating and nutrient-rich fruits you could pick to eat. It's been a picnic favorite for millions of people and can always be found sitting on the table next to the hamburger rolls. But perhaps it is time to pull it off the table and throw it on the grill. The sweet, caramelized flavor grilling gives it could be a game-changer for you!


Pineapple has already found its way onto pizza, so don't you think it is time for it to find its way to your grill too? Simply cut into wedges, grill for a few minutes on each side, and set it on the table for a unique twist to your menu. You can top your salad with it, pair it with some Greek yogurt for dessert, or simply eat it on its own. The sweet flavor will keep you going back for more!

Romaine Lettuce

Do you want to wow your guests with something truly unique? Take a head of romaine lettuce, cut it in half lengthwise, brush the top with your favorite heart-healthy olive oil, and season it with salt and pepper. Grill for a few minutes on each side and top with your favorite veggies for a delicious new way to eat your summer salad.

Sweet Potato

Do you enjoy sweet potato fries and wish you could have them more often? Make your own at the next barbecue you host! Cut the potatoes into wedges and grill until your desired tenderness. But be careful though! You may need to use a grill basket so you don't lose any to the fire.

A Grilling Experience Like None Other

Imagine what everyone will be saying at your next barbecue when you present them with the suggestions above. If you aren't already the king of the grill at your house, you will be after serving these delicious surprises!

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