14 Amazing Watermelon Recipes

The watermelon you loved as a kid has been paired with new ingredients for grown-up summer treats

Remember biting into a slice of chilled watermelon as a kid? A slice of the sweet and sticky fruit was the ultimate summer treat. It still is, with a few grown-up twists. Try our favorite watermelon salsas, salads and even spiked sorbet this summer.

 

 

Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

The Bitten Word

The boys at The Bitten Word are pretty sure that just about everything tastes better grilled, and we have to agree. Charred watermelon is complemented by a tangy yogurt sauce, bringing new dimension to this sweet favorite.

Get the recipe for Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

Watermelon Poptini

Watermelon Poptini

Snappy Gourmet

Raise your hand if you love Pop Rocks! This fun summertime drink combines watermelon, watermelon vodka and a few other ingredients in a glass that’s rimmed with those snappy little candies.

Get the recipe for the Watermelon Poptini

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Healthy Delicious

Hey, watermelon lovers … this watermelon based soup is more savory than sweet – and it’s got a hint of spice too. How’s that for a fresh and fabulous take on this classic favorite?

Get the recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho

Crab Salad, Avocado with Lime, Watermelon with Feta & Mint

Crab Salad, Avocado with Lime, Watermelon with Feta & Mint

Taste with the Eyes

The layers of flavor in this pillar-style dish totally make us swoon. Crab salad is topped with avocado with lime, which is topped with feta, mint and an edible floral garnish. Sure – it’s nothing like the watermelon of childhood. It’s better!

Get the recipe for Crab Salad, Avocado with Lime, Watermelon with Feta & Mint

Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices

Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices

Food for my Family

Serve up an extra special slice of watermelon on hot summer days. These slices? Sure, they are served in the watermelon rind, but they are filled with an easy homemade watermelon sorbet dotted with chocolate chips. Sweet!

Get the recipe for Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices

Stacked Watermelon Salad

Stacked Watermelon Salad

Fifteen Spatulas

Rethink watermelon in salad – it totally doesn’t have to be a fruit salad. This savory take tops balsamic-dipped watermelon with creamy goat cheese, meaty pistachios and shards of red onions.

Get the recipe for Stacked Watermelon Salad

Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca

Strawberry Watermelon Aqua Fresca

Nutmeg Nanny

Cool off this summer with a simple cocktail that combines pureed fruit and sparkling wine. It’s simple, but absolutely perfect for poolside sipping.

Get the recipe for Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon Nectarine Salsa

Watermelon Nectarine Salsa

Elle’s New England Kitchen

Basil, jalapeno and lime give this fruity salsa some true punch. Also, be sure to whip up the homemade cinnamon sugar pita chips to dip with. The combination is perfect for summertime.

Get the recipe for Watermelon Nectarine Salsa

Mojito Melon Balls

Mojito Melon Balls

Snack Girl

There’s something about the sensation of gliding a melon baller through juicy, sweet melon flesh that’s just plain fun. What’s even more fun is using that balled melon to make a spiked version of fruit salad for dessert. Minty rum-soaked melon balls? Make ours a double!

Get the recipe for Mojito Melon Balls Dessert

Watermelon Heart Stacks with Minted Sugar

Watermelon Heart Stacks with Minted Sugar

Noble Pig

As if these heart-shaped watermelon slices aren’t enough (they are seriously cute, aren’t they?), they are topped with a sure to excite little pile of minted sugar. We don’t know about you, but we are already thinking of all the ways to use the leftover minted sugar too.

Get the recipe for Watermelon Heart Stacks with Minted Sugar

Watermelon and Feta Puzzles

Watermelon and Feta Puzzles

Gourmantine Blog

Besides being so incredibly pretty, this dish is a marriage in perfect contrasts. Salty feta and sweet watermelon party on together in a homemade basil oil with a little balsamic vinegar drizzled over. Hello, awesomeness.

Get the recipe for Watermelon and Feta Puzzles

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

What’s Cookin’ Chicago?

You know what we love about this lemonade? It’s lemonade that’s been dotted and brightened with cubes of crisp, sweet watermelon. Simple, but wildly fun – the contrasting colors are too pretty to pass up.

Get the recipe for Watermelon Lemonade

Smoky Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita

Smoky Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita

Boulder Locavore

This summer cocktail has it all: Glasses rimmed with hickory smoke salt. Huge depth of flavor. Seriously it’s a tart, sweet and spicy cocktail. What more could you ask for?

Get the recipe for Smoky Watermelon Jalapeno Margaritas

Paleo Watermelon Cake

Paleo Watermelon Cake

Paleo Cupboard

Ingenious! That was totally our first thought when we saw this fabulous fruity cake that’s really (wait for it!) … watermelon bathed in coconut whipped cream. As Stacey London would say (yes, we know you are totally digging the reruns of What Not to Wear), Shut Up!

Get the recipe for Watermelon Cake

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