This simple appetizer takes just 20 minutes to make, and your guests will absolutely adore the combination of creamy brie and fresh cherry salsa.
Brie is really delicious on its own, but add a fresh cherry salsa and WOW. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
The brie becomes soft on the grill, so it flows right out of the rind when you cut it open. It’s summer appetizer perfection.
I made it for a recent girls’ night and it got devoured. It pairs really nicely with wine, too!
- You’ll need an entire wheel of brie. This one is 14 ounces.
- Fresh bing cherries are the star of the salsa.
- A red onion adds a gorgeous purple hue.
- A jalapeño is nice for a little kick.
- Lime juice and sea salt add flavor to the salsa.
- To serve, you’ll need crackers of your choice.
Where to find a whole wheel of brie
You can find a wheel of brie in the specialty cheese section of your local grocery store. It is sometimes sold as “baby brie”. It HAS to be a whole wheel—a wedge will melt all over the grill.
If you can’t find a whole wheel of brie, you can purchase a wheel of camembert instead. Camembert is typically made in whole wheels and is smaller than a whole wheel of brie. The taste is similar, though camembert is little bit more earthy and a little bit less creamy.
How to make cherry salsa
I highly recommend a cherry pitter for pitting the cherries.
After pitting the cherries, dice them into small pieces. Then, dice half a red onion and a jalapeño.
I scrape the ribs and seeds out of the jalapeño so it’s not too hot.
Then, combine the cherries, red onion, jalapeño, lime juice, and sea salt. Toss to combine.
How to grill brie
Preheat a grill to medium heat.
Brush the wheel of brie with olive oil, and place on the grill for 2 minutes. Gently flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
Use a long handled spatula for flipping it, being careful not to puncture the rind.
Then, gently transfer the brie to a serving platter. Top it with the cherry salsa, and serve!
You’ll need lots of crackers for scooping up the brie and salsa.
I love the “entertaining crackers” that come with a few varieties in the box. I get them at either Aldi or Trader Joe’s.
Gluten free crackers are a thoughtful addition for gluten free guests.
Apple slices would be delicious for scooping it up, too. I added a few more whole cherries and fresh strawberries to the platter for color.
If you love brie, don’t miss my recipe for Chocolate Covered Brie!
And while we’re on a grilling + fruit kick, these Grilled Peaches with Honey Whipped Cream are another favorite for summer.
Grilled Brie with Cherry Salsa
- 2 cups fresh bing cherries, pitted and diced
- ½ small red onion, finely diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely diced
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 14 oz wheel of brie cheese
- olive oil for brushing
- For garnish: fresh mint
- To serve: crackers
- Preheat a grill to medium heat. Place the diced cherries, diced onion, diced jalapeño, lime juice, and pinch of salt in a small bowl. Stir gently to combine. Brush the brie gently with olive oil. Place the brie on the grill and close the lid. Grill for 2 minutes. Carefully flip the brie with a long handled spatula and grill for 2 minutes more. Place the grilled brie on a serving platter and top with the cherry salsa. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve immediately with crackers and fruit.
- Place the diced cherries, diced onion, diced jalapeño, lime juice, and pinch of salt in a small bowl. Stir gently to combine.
- Brush the brie gently with olive oil. Place the brie on the grill and close the lid. Grill for 2 minutes.
- Carefully flip the brie with a long handled spatula and grill for 2 minutes more.
- Place the grilled brie on a serving platter and top with the cherry salsa. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve immediately with crackers.