The summer season is wonderfully vibrant and brimming with life; however, there are days when the weather is simply too hot to handle. Here’s where watermelon comes in–with watermelon on your side, you will be able to tolerate the hottest of days with ease.
Most people simply slice their watermelon and eat it, but there are actually many creative methods for preparing watermelon! From watermelon juice to watermelon steak (yes, it’s real), there are plenty of new ways to serve your watermelon this summer. Also, watermelon is primarily water, so it’s the perfect treat if you need a little extra hydration.
Here are some of the most refreshing and inventive watermelon recipes you’ll want to make all summer long!
1. Watermelon Sorbet
Watermelon sorbet may be simple, but it’s also simply delicious! In this particular recipe, you can make your sorbet with a food processor or kitchen blender. You will only need a few simple ingredients — watermelon, lime juice, warm water, and honey (for a little extra sweetness.) The result is a scrumptious and refreshing snack!
Get the full recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef.
2. Watermelon Juice
This wonderful watermelon juice combines watermelon (of course), strawberries, sugar, water, and crushed ice. It’s sweet without being over the top, and it’s an incredibly refreshing afternoon drink. You can also freeze it for up to 60 days!
Get the full recipe from Lil’ Luna.
3. Mint Watermelon Salad
There something simply wonderful about the combination of watermelon and mint. This recipe for mint watermelon salad blends sweet with a dash of savory. You will need cut-up watermelon, fresh mint, olive oil, lemon juice, and granulated sugar.
Get the full recipe from Taste of Home.
4. Watermelon Fries with Coconut Lime Dip
Sure you’ve heard of carrot fries, but have you heard of watermelon fries? This unique treat is the perfect summer appetizer! You will need some expertly sliced watermelon, tajin seasoning, coconut yogurt, lime juice, and coconut sugar.
Get the full recipe from Abbey’s Kitchen.
5. Mediterranean Watermelon Salad Recipe
What’s better than fresh cucumber, feta cheese, mint, and basil tossed together with — you guessed it — watermelon? This recipe for Mediterranean watermelon salad combines these ingredients with delicious honey vinegarette made from honey, olive oil, lime juice, and salt. It’s a wonderfully light salad that’s crunchy in the best possible way.
Get the full recipe from The Mediterranean Dish.
6. Watermelon Poke
If you don’t like or can’t eat fish — this watermelon version of poke is for you! The best part is that when properly prepared the watermelon actually looks eerily similar to real raw fish–so you would never know the difference (at least by appearance)! For this recipe, you will need a lemon, ginger, honey, cayenne pepper, fine-grain sea salt, unseasoned brown rice vinegar, soy sauce, extra-virgin olive oil, toasted sesame oil, and a small seedless watermelon. With about 15 minutes of prep, your unique dish will be ready to go.
Get the full recipe from 101 Cookbooks.
7. Watermelon Donuts
Don’t expect these watermelon donuts to actually taste like donuts — they are basically watermelon rounds with frosting on top. However, they are fun and colorful, and a delicious summer treat.
To recreate these adorable watermelon donuts you will need the proper shaping tools (a round biscuit cutter and a fondant mini circle cutter), as well as watermelon, coconut cream, vanilla extract, and rainbow sprinkles. When whipped, the coconut cream will be incredibly fluffy; a perfect topping for your faux-nuts.
Get the full recipe from Fork and Beans.
8. Watermelon Mango Pico de Gallo
Watermelon Pico de Gallo is almost identical to classic Pico de Gallo — just replace the diced tomatoes with diced watermelon and mango. The result is a fruitier, sweeter, and fresher salsa that is great for a summer party or barbecue. It’s so damn delicious, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon straight from the bowl!
Get the full recipe from Damn Delicious.
9. Watermelon Lemon Italian Ice
This watermelon lemon Italian ice is very easy to make. Simply blend together frozen watermelon chunks, fresh watermelon chunks, lemon juice, and a spoon of your choice of sweetener in a blender. In less than a minute, you’ll have a delicious cup of fresh Italian ice.
Get the full recipe from Smart Nutrition.
10. Watermelon Mimosas
Change up your morning mimosa by adding fresh watermelon. You will need a large watermelon cut into small pieces; freshly-squeezed orange juice; chilled champagne cava, prosecco, or another type of sparkling wine; sugar or honey to taste; and fresh mint leaves to go on top. If you’re a fan of mimosas, you’ll definitely enjoy this summery variety.
Get the full recipe from Laylita’s Recipes.
11. Liquored Up Watermelon Fruit Bowl
In the spirit of mimosas, this ‘liquored up’ watermelon fruit bowl is perfect for summer parties and barbecues. (Or have it at home while social distancing.) It’s a wonderfully fruity treat, but make sure you drink it (or, I suppose, eat it) responsibly.
Get the full recipe from Recipe Girl.
12. Chili Lime Watermelon Salad
Add a little spice and zest to your fresh, vibrant watermelon with this recipe for chili lime watermelon salad. You will need about four cups of cubed watermelon, a pinch of salt, chili powder, lime juice and zest, crumbled cotija cheese, and freshly chopped cilantro. These fragrant flavors come together for a crisp, juicy salad just right for the hottest season of the year.
Get the full recipe from How Sweet Eats.
13. Watermelon Goat Cheese Appetizer
This unique appetizer combines goat cheese, milk, cucumbers, lime, and, of course, watermelon. The presentation is key — it’s a wonderfully unique way to enjoy cheese.
Get the full recipe from A Food Centric Life.
14. Watermelon Steak
This recipe for watermelon steak is perhaps the most unexpected–trying it requires strength of mind and spirit. However, it isn’t that far off from steak itself in flavor and looks.
You will need a large seedless watermelon, olive oil, liquid smoke, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and feta and mint for garnish.
Get the full recipe from Live Eat Learn.