Even if you go with the baby watermelon over the heavy honker, chances are, there will always be leftover fruit. But there's more to be done than just slicing and serving. Let these recipes — from savory soups, salads, and salsas to icy (and iced) desserts — be your guide.
Lazy sunsets, poolside parties, and backyard barbecues: these are just a few of the times suitable for a sweet, fruit-specked watermelon sangria .
Toss up a bowl full of Summer with this watermelon salad , complete with ripe tomatoes, cucumber, feta, and mint. A sprinkle of Herbes de Provence offers a hint of lavender flavor.
Watermelon, Mango, and Cucumber Salsa
Instead of busting out pico de gallo at your next gathering, whip up watermelon salsa , which also features cucumber and mango.
Watermelon stands in for the actual cake in this whipped-cream-slathered watermelon cake . Contrast the texture with crunchy almonds and tart berries.
Mango, Cucumber, and Watermelon Salad
Playing with heat and umami, this watermelon salad  recipe contains a few unlikely ingredients, for a result that is completely nosh-worthy.
Who can resist a watermelon martini ? The answer is no one.
OK, there is one worthy way of serving up slices of watermelon, and that's if it's spiked with vodka .
Watermelon Shark Fruit Salad
Cute without being too kitschy, this watermelon shark  is filled with fruit salad, gummy fish, and octopus candies.
Watermelon and Feta Salad
Go Greek with this arugula salad , starring watermelon, feta, and red onion.
Watermelon Mint Cocktail
Elderflower liqueur, watermelon juice, and mint come together for a refreshing Summer cocktail  you'll want to sip all season long.
A cross between raw tacos and lettuce wraps, these watermelon tacos  are stuffed with radish, pine nuts, and avocado.
Stay cool with watermelon granita . It's nature's snow cone.
Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Skewers
Watermelon, feta, and olive skewers  are dressed with mixed herbs and olive oil for a pretty, party-ready bite.
This sweetened-up take on caprese  adds watermelon to the mix for an unforgettable side dish.
Just because we could all use more watermelon cakes  in our lives, this one is decorated with shredded coconut, berries, and shaved chocolate.
Yes, you can juice watermelon . Go ahead and throw cucumber, mint, lime, and honeydew into the juicer, too, for the ultimate Summer refresher.
Grilled Watermelon Salad
Throw watermelon on the grill , then dress it with lemon juice, cheese, and fresh herbs.
Grilled Watermelon Poke With Sesame Soy Vinaigrette
Grilled watermelon  replaces tuna for a vegetarian-friendly poke.
Mexican Fruit Cups
In Mexico and Southern California, fruit vendors sell heaping cups of watermelon, mango, and cucumber, spiced with lime, chili powder, and salt. While you may risk food poisoning with that purchase, the spiced fruit  can be easily re-created at home!
Tomatoes aren't the only thing that can go into a chilled soup. Try watermelon gazpacho , seasoned with yellow bell pepper, cucumber, blueberries, and jalapeño.
Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas
Spicy-sweet watermelon jalapeño margaritas  can be made in bulk and served in a pitcher for large crowds!