Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Watermelon and basil is one of my favorite combinations.  Together these flavors create a rich and refreshing taste that is both savory and sweet!

This recipe is very similar to the Mango Flank Steak.  Fruit makes such a fantastic marinade that is low in calories but high in nutrients.  Steak is already a rich food so by making a marinade out of fresh fruit you can keep things light and enjoy a nice piece of meat without any guilt!

  • 1 to 2 lbs rib eye steak
  • 1/4 of a large watermelon
  • 5 or 6 large basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper


Rinse steak and place in large ziplock bag.

Remove rind from watermelon.  Peel and chop garlic. Tear or chop basil leaves.  Place watermelon, basil, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in blender and mix until smooth.

Pour mixture into bag with steak.  Close and place in the refrigerator.  Allow to marinate for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours.  (I like to put it in the refrigerator in the morning before work and then come back at night and cook it).

Grill for about 5 minutes on each side or until steak is the way you like it.  (I like to use my George Foreman grill for these steaks. It cooks both sides at the same time and it's easy to heat up and clean!)

Makes 2 to 4 servings.  (If you are making this recipe just for yourself then I recommend using the leftovers in a salad or as a steak sandwich!)

Check back later in the week for a Watermelon and Basil Drink!

Bad Joan


  1. You have a cool blog! following;) Kisses and have a great day!
    Olaya B

  2. mmm, watermelon basil steak! i love the sounds and looks of that! happy september 1 joan!! p.s. I just love the name "bad joan" so cool ;)
    xo ~ kristina

  3. mmmm I'm a watermelon and basil fan too. This looks like a delicious plate of food =)