Once summer arrives, nothing is more refreshing than cutting into a ripe and juicy watermelon! Sink your teeth into this mouthwatering summer fruit all on its own, or enjoy your melon in tons of easy recipes. From sweet desserts to savory dishes, to refreshing cocktails, here are 22 Ways to Use Watermelon this season.
Learn the easiest way to cut a watermelon for all your favorite recipes with our handy step-by-step instructions and video! Then discover the best ways to use it from the ideas below.
Sweet Ways to Eat Watermelon
Naturally flavorful and juicy, there’s a reason why watermelon is perfect for sweetening up countless recipes! Try these delicious recipe ideas, from light fruit salads to easy summer desserts.
Watermelon Berry Fruit Salad
If there’s one thing that freshens up a fruit salad, it’s bright bursts of juicy watermelon! This easy berry salad has the best combination of sweet and tangy fruit. Plus the red, white, and blue color scheme with patriotic watermelon stars makes it a perfect side for 4th of July cookouts!
Cheesecake Watermelon Pizza (HEALTHY Dessert Recipe)
This Watermelon pizza is one summer dessert you won’t want to be without. Watermelon triangles topped with a cheesecake “sauce” are loaded with strawberries, pecans, bananas, and white chocolate chips. The ultimate healthy dessert that’s juicy, creamy, crunchy and easy to make!
Red White and Blue Berry Watermelon Fruit Pizza Recipe
This watermelon pizza is topped with layers of berries and cream, for a summer dessert idea worth having on repeat! This fruit pizza recipe is super simple to assemble and so refreshing.
3-Ingredient Easy Watermelon Granita
A lovely watermelon dessert made with 3 ingredients that’s sweet, tangy, and perfect for a summer evening! This easy granita recipe is a delicious blend of watermelon and lime with the most satisfying shaved-ice texture. Simple and fancy, all at once!
Savory dishes that transform this sweet, succulent fruit in all kinds of ways. Pairing perfectly with so many ingredients, from tangy goat cheese to fresh greens, seafood to veggies – you’ll love these savory melon recipes!
Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
Learn how to make your own version of this popular summer salad, featuring cubes of juicy watermelon tossed with crisp cucumbers, creamy feta and mint. A delicious tangy-sweet-savory side dish that’s bound to make an appearance more than once throughout the season!
Refreshing Watermelon Salad
Another watermelon salad to have on your roster this summer! This mixed green salad made with watermelon and blueberries is crispy, juicy, and wildly refreshing. It’s the ultimate easy recipe to take along to all of your summer potlucks and picnics.
Refreshing Watermelon Feta Salad with Cucumber
A warm-weather salad that you can toss together (literally) in 10 minutes! Crisp watermelon, crunchy cucumbers, red onion, and creamy feta mingle with mint and fresh basil in this refreshing and easy side dish.
Fruity Grilled Shrimp Salad with Strawberry Lime Poppyseed Vinaigrette
Help yourself to a bowl full of sunshine! A delicious summer salad recipe made with fresh greens and fresh fruit (watermelon included!), tossed with tangy goat’s cheese and juicy grilled shrimp. Don’t forget the sweet and zesty homemade vinaigrette!
How to make a Simple Summer Cheese Board in 10 minutes
Watermelon makes an awesome addition to a summer-inspired charcuterie board that you can pull together in just 10 minutes! Paired with summer fruits like blueberries and strawberries, discover the best cheese platter ideas to wow your guests all season long.
Watermelon and Citrus Shrimp Ceviche
Bring a little lightened-up luxury to your next dinner party with this ultra easy and refreshing homemade ceviche. Succulent diced shrimp, fresh watermelon and bright citrus flavors combine in an effortlessly impressive summer dish.
Watermelon Salad with Spiralized Veggies and Cotija Cheese
A fun spin on watermelon salad made with spiralized veggies and a fresh raspberry dill dressing. Deliciously loaded with crunchy veg, crumbly Cotija cheese and herbs for the perfect combination of fruity-savory goodness!
Easy Cocktails and Drinks
Classic cocktails and inventive summer drinks get an extra infusion of our favorite summer fruit in these easy drink recipes.
A Refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Gin and Tonic
You’ve heard of a cucumber gin and tonic – now brace yourself for the watermelon version! A light and fizzy summer cocktail prepared with cucumber slices and mint in a pitcher, infused with pureed watermelon.
Watermelon and Strawberry Chia Smoothie
Fuel your day with this protein-packed, nutrient-rich fruit smoothie made with watermelon, bulked up with bananas and strawberries. Bursting with chia seeds and healthy ingredients, this recipe is easy to whip together on busy mornings, for a light breakfast smoothie that the whole family will love!
Watermelon Lime Spritzers
A healthy cocktail that tastes amazing? You better believe it! Move over, vodka soda – there’s a new low sugar cocktail in town. These refreshing vodka lime spritzers are made with the summery addition of homemade watermelon juice, for a lightened-up, boozy sip!
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