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When I was in Texas I learned quite a few things about BBQ. I learned that in Texas, barbeque means beef and a spicy kicked up sauce. BBQ is a way of life in Texas and the word itself brings to mind hot summer days, smokey grills, and picnic tables. However, in the last few years I have come to learn something very important about BBQ. It does not have to involve MEAT at all! Contrary to what those Texans tried to teach me, I have discovered that fruits and vegetables can be delicious on the grill! Light vinaigrettes, sweet glazes, and fresh herbs can turn plain old boring fruits and vegetables into amazing creations that will wow your friends and family. If you would like to start experimenting with grilled fruits and vegetables, here is a roundup I created on to help get you started. One of the recipes I included was the grilled papaya dessert that I made for my family last night and honestly, I think it came out delicious!

Grilled Fruit and Vegetable Roundup


If you are firing up your gill this spring, try to think outside the box when it comes to recipes. Not only are grilled fruit and vegetable dishes delicious but reducing our meat consumption is a good way to improve our health and go green. Try grilled kabobs without the meat. Make a grilled portabella mushroom burger instead of ground beef. Or, just create a delicious side dish or dessert to go WITH your grilled meat! This grilled papaya dessert recipe was a delicious way to end our dinner last night. And I am calling it healthy since it does, in fact, include fruit!

Easy Grilled Papaya Dessert Recipe

Grilled Papaya Dessert Recipe

Yields 4 to 6

Grilled Papaya Dessert Recipe

A delicious combination of smokey and sweet!

10 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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  • 1 large, ripe papaya
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 TBSP freshly ground ginger
  • 1 tsp freshly ground lemon grass
  • 1 container Talenti coconut gelato
  • 1/3 cup toasted coconut
  • fresh mint for garnish


  1. Peel papaya, cut into rounds approximately 1 inch thick, remove seeds
  2. To make the glaze: combine honey, lime juice, ginger and lemon grass in small bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Reserve half of the glaze for serving. Brush the papaya slices with some of the remaining glaze on both sides.
  4. Grill the papaya over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. You want it to remain firm but be warm with light grill marks on it. Baste with the glaze once or twice.
  5. Remove the papaya from the grill and place on a plate
  6. Top papaya slices with Talenti gelato, toasted coconut, a small amount of the remaining glaze, and a piece of mint
  7. Serve immediately


 Have you ever grilled papaya?
What is your favorite NON meat dish to grill?


  1. That looks amazing! I grilled pizza once. It was really good.
  2. I have never grilled fruit before, I should give it a try this summer!
  3. This sounds great--can't wait for the nicer weather to use the outdoor grill and try it-thanks for sharing
  4. Sounds like a delicious way to get the kids to eat more fruit
  5. This looks very yummy! I would have never thought of grilling papaya? But it is delicious, and I am sure it is wonderful grilled.

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