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Recipe from The Classic Grill

Recipe from The Classic Grill

The Classic Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in the Brainerd Lakes area. If you have plans to visit Madden’s Resort or just live in the area, don’t forget to stop in to try the latest specials, enjoy a casual lunch on the deck before a round of golf, or celebrate a special occasion over dinner with friends.

Darrell Lorenz, The Classic Grill’s chef prepares a different seafood dish to tempt your pallet each week, so we asked him to share one of his favorites with you.

Grilled Swordfish with cucumber watermelon salad, mint ginger vinaigrette, and lime

4 – 8oz Swordfish steaks

Olive oil

Kosher Salt to season

Black Pepper to season

Directions: Season swordfish with salt & pepper, drizzle with olive oil before grilling.


Cucumber Watermelon Salad:

3 c. Seedless watermelon, rind removed, thinly sliced in 1″ squares

2 c. English Cucumber, thinly sliced

1 T. Mint, chopped

kosher salt to taste

black pepper to taste


Mint Ginger Vinaigrette:

1 c. Mint, fresh

1 T. pickled ginger

4 T. Agave nectar (or honey)

6 T. Rice wine vinegar

3 T. Olive oil


Directions: Place all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth.

Directions to complete salad: Toss watermelon, cucumber and mint with mint ginger vinaigrette, salt and pepper to taste.

Plate salad, top with fish, garnish with finger lime (or substitute regular lime).


We hope to see you at The Classic Grill soon!


The Classic Grill Hours:

Open for lunch and dinner every day, 11am-9pm

Call to make reservations: 218-829-2811



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