Grilled fruit with balsamic vinegar syrup

Dietician's Tip

Grilling caramelizes the natural sugar found in fruit, which turns the sugar brown and intensifies its sweetness.


  • 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 large mangoes, cored and cut in half
  • 2 large peaches, cored and cut in half
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh mint or basil for garnish


In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, mangoes and peaches. Spray generously with cooking spray. Toss and spray again to ensure the fruit is well coated. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Toss to coat evenly. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar over low heat. Simmer until the liquid is reduced in half, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.

Place the fruit on the grill rack or broiler pan. Grill or broil over medium heat until the sugar caramelizes, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove the fruit from the grill and arrange onto individual plates. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and garnish with mint or basil. Serve immediately.

Serving Information

Serves 4

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 264
Total carbohydrate: 63 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Dietary fiber: 3 g
Monounsaturated fat: Trace
Protein: 3 g
Saturated fat: Trace
Serving size: 3 pieces grilled fruit and sauce
Sodium: 11 mg
Total fat: <1 g

DASH Eating Plan Servings

Fruits: 2
Sweets: 2

Diabetes Meal Plan Choices

Fruits: 2
Sweets, desserts and other carbohydrates: 2

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings

Fruits: 2
Sweets: 2

Last Updated Feb 6, 2020

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