It’s no mystery how watermelon became summer’s unofficial mascot. There’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a cold wedge on a hot day. It’s refreshing, it’s sweet and you can even get your kids to eat it. But there’s a lot you can do with this pretty-in-pink fruit besides cutting it up. Here, 50 watermelon recipes that are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.
50 Watermelon Recipes to Make (and Eat) All Summer
4. Grilled Watermelon Feta Skewers
Salad’s always better on a stick. Here’s what we like to call a twist on a traditional Caprese, using sweet watermelon and tangy feta in place of tomatoes and mozzarella. Not only is it simple to make, but the char marks will make you feel like a total grill master.
5. One-ingredient Watermelon Sorbet
In the summer, we try to chill as much as possible. Luckily, this sweet fits right into our schedule since it’s made of nothing but twice-frozen watermelon.
7. Spicy Grilled Watermelon With Crème Fraîche
This sweet fruit comes alive with smoky grill marks, lots of chili powder and fresh lime juice. Stay fancy with a fork and knife or dig in sans cutlery. Either way, we support you.
8. Cucumber, Basil And Watermelon Salad
You’re going to fall hard for the zingy soy-ginger dressing spiked with garlic, lime and serrano pepper. Ahh, we feel more refreshed already.
9. Watermelon Salad With Mint
This dish is packed with watermelon, sliced grapes and grape tomatoes. Toss it all in a simple vinaigrette with fresh herbs and your work is done.
10. Watermelon Raspberry Slushies
The kids can sip the fruit-and-agave version all day long, but we give you permission to add a splash of raspberry-pomegranate vodka to yours.
11. Watermelon Gazpacho
This dish stars our other favorite seasonal fruit, tomatoes. Blended with cucumber, red onion and bell pepper, it’s a great way to cool off and get your vitamins for the day. (Bonus points for homemade croutons.)
16. Watermelon Lemonade
Regular ice cubes? Yawn. Frozen watermelon ice cubes, on the other hand, are just what your picnic needs.
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17. Spinach And Watermelon Salad
Greens loaded with Cotija cheese, sweet onions and glazed walnuts? Now this is a salad we can get behind. We’ll meet you on the patio with extra red-wine vinaigrette.
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19. Watermelon Agua Fresca
Forget about hopping a flight to Puerto Vallarta. This drink will take you there in ten minutes.
20. Grilled Watermelon And Balsamic Chicken
Meet us on the porch. Store-bought balsamic reduction is just fine, but you can totally handle making it on your own.
26. Watermelon Peach Cooler
Make the most of your farmers market haul with this blended beauty. We’re already planning to add a dash of coconut rum.
27. Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca Popsicles
Sometimes shouting at the kids to come inside isn’t enough. These four-ingredient pops will get their attention.
28. Watermelon Water
Staying hydrated is priority one when the temperatures rise, but water can feel plain when we’re craving something sweet. Skip the soda and opt for this one-ingredient refresher, made with nothing but watermelon and water. Add agave or honey for extra sweetness.
32. 3-ingredient Watermelon Raspberry Popsicles
You’ll be host of the year once these hit the table. Don’t look now, but we’re drizzling ours with dark chocolate.
33. Watermelon-kiwi Ice Pops
Three ingredients + paper cups + popsicle sticks = the easiest summer treat you've ever made. The only hard part? Waiting for them to freeze before digging in.
35. Pistachio Feta Watermelon Salad
Crunchy, fresh, salty, sweet—this mélange of fresh herbs, nuts, fruit and cheese hits all the right notes. Don't even get us started on the pomegranate-balsamic dressing.
38. Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho
The classic ingredients are upgraded with watermelon, minced serrano chiles and ginger, so each spoonful packs a punch of fresh, complex heat.
44. Chicken Gyro Salad With Homemade Pita Chips, Watermelon And Feta
Proof that every salad should be crowned with freshly baked pita chips tossed in garlic-herb olive oil.
45. Spicy Grilled Watermelon With Honey Yogurt
We've seen plenty of charred watermelon steaks in our day. But French fry-inspired watermelon batons that make dipping a breeze? Now, that's plain genius.
46. Caribbean Jerk Salmon With Curried Pineapple Goat Cheese Salad And Fruit Salad
You're only 30 minutes away from this tropical flavor bomb. The salmon is perfectly balanced, thanks to a sticky, spicy sauce made with fresh-squeezed orange juice, molasses, curry powder and other spices.
47. Baked Watermelon Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks
The marinade is equal parts smoky and sweet, since it stars watermelon, chipotle peppers in adobo and a few pantry staples. Instead of serving them with ranch dressing, try citrusy blue cheese yogurt dip instead.