Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Salad

Great grilled chicken recipe flavored in a citrus marinade and a refreshing summer side salad of watermelon arugula and feta.

July 16, 2020

Chicken and watermelon salad on a platter


umn][vc_column_text]Get Outdoors

Do you miss gathering with family and friends this season because of the pandemic? This summer grilled chicken recipe with watermelon salad and rice pilaf with almonds and raisins is the perfect antidote to get you grilling and eating outside. Also, being outside can provide an emotional boost and a diversion from current concerns.

Family Favorite

I cut this recipe out of the paper years ago, and it became an instant favorite. I used it so much that the recipe started to self-destruct, so I had to take a picture to archive it- see below.

.Chicken and watermelon salsa recipe from newspaper

Birthday Dinner

The recipe graduated to the birthday dinner for my grandson. I made this meal for my daughter and son-in-law when they brought our first grandson home from the hospital almost two years ago. He was born a week before Labor Day Weekend. That remarkable occasion needed a fun and delicious summer meal, and the grilled chicken and watermelon salad recipe fit the bill perfectly. We repeated the dinner for his first birthday on our family vacation last year. If we cannot be together for my grandson’s second birthday, we will have a Zoom or Facetime dinner.

Gather Safely

Family gatherings and meal traditions are essential, but they can be tricky because of the pandemic. The Mayo Clinic has these tips if you decide to plan a family gathering:

  • Allow for social distancing between people from different households and skip the hugs and handshakes. Plan activities that don’t require close contact, such as sidewalk chalk for kids and games like Frisbee. And offer hand sanitizer.
  • Keep your gathering small, maintaining social distance from others. Plan activities that don’t require close contact. You may even choose to have everyone bring their food and drinks to enjoy the togetherness with less chance of the virus spreading. Wear a mask when not eating or drinking.

If you start having small family and friend gatherings this summer, keep this grilled chicken recipe under consideration. It is one of our family favorites, and I hope it can be yours too. Above all, plan safely and get together with people you care about with yummy food.

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Chicken and watermelon salad on a platter

Grilled Chicken with Watermelon Salad


Simple ingredients with complex flavor combinations! Great  for summer gatherings or a birthday celebration.


Units Scale


8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves


1 Tbsp lime zest

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger

3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp kosher salt

Watermelon Salsa

4 cups of seedless watermelon, diced

1 sweet onion (Vidalia), diced

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

12 jalapeno pepper, seeds and membranes removed, minced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tsp honey

3 Tbsp fresh lime juice


1 cup feta cheese, crumbled, optional – omit if paleo

5-oz package of baby arugula


  1. Mix marinade and place in a zip lock bag; add chicken pieces. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Toss Salsa Ingredients together, lightly, and chill in the refrigerator.
  3. Grill: Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill over a hot grill for 8 – 10 minutes or until there is no pink in the center. Turn once. The temperature should read 165º with a meat thermometer.
  4. Spoon salsa over arugula and top with feta cheese.


Serve with  rice pilaf. The original recipe does not call for feta or arugula. That is my addition to make a side salad rather than a salsa

  • Prep Time: 15
  • 3 hours: Marinade
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grilled chicken summer recipe

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