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What a Watermelon! 20+ Recipes That Highlight the Juicy Fruit

Sep 4 2016 - 12:00pm

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.

Watermelon Sangria

Lazy sunsets, poolside parties, and backyard barbecues: these are just a few of the times suitable for a sweet, fruit-specked watermelon sangria [1].

Watermelon Salad

Toss up a bowl full of Summer with this watermelon salad [2], 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 [3], which also features cucumber and mango.

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon stands in for the actual cake in this whipped-cream-slathered watermelon cake [4]. Contrast the texture with crunchy almonds and tart berries.

Mango, Cucumber, and Watermelon Salad

Playing with heat and umami, this watermelon salad [5] recipe contains a few unlikely ingredients, for a result that is completely nosh-worthy.

Watermelon Martini

Who can resist a watermelon martini [6]? The answer is no one.

Spiked Watermelon

OK, there is one worthy way of serving up slices of watermelon, and that's if it's spiked with vodka [7].

Watermelon Shark Fruit Salad

Cute without being too kitschy, this watermelon shark [8] is filled with fruit salad, gummy fish, and octopus candies.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Go Greek with this arugula salad [9], starring watermelon, feta, and red onion.

Watermelon Mint Cocktail

Elderflower liqueur, watermelon juice, and mint come together for a refreshing Summer cocktail [10] you'll want to sip all season long.

Watermelon Tacos

A cross between raw tacos and lettuce wraps, these watermelon tacos [11] are stuffed with radish, pine nuts, and avocado.

Watermelon Granita

Stay cool with watermelon granita [12]. It's nature's snow cone.

Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Skewers

Watermelon, feta, and olive skewers [13] are dressed with mixed herbs and olive oil for a pretty, party-ready bite.

Watermelon Caprese

This sweetened-up take on caprese [14] adds watermelon to the mix for an unforgettable side dish.

Watermelon Cake

Just because we could all use more watermelon cakes [15] in our lives, this one is decorated with shredded coconut, berries, and shaved chocolate.

Watermelon Juice

Yes, you can juice watermelon [16]. 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 [17], then dress it with lemon juice, cheese, and fresh herbs.

Grilled Watermelon Poke With Sesame Soy Vinaigrette

Grilled watermelon [18] 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 [19] can be easily re-created at home!

Watermelon Gazpacho

Tomatoes aren't the only thing that can go into a chilled soup. Try watermelon gazpacho [20], seasoned with yellow bell pepper, cucumber, blueberries, and jalapeño.

Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas

Spicy-sweet watermelon jalapeño margaritas [21] can be made in bulk and served in a pitcher for large crowds!

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