24 Best Watermelon Recipes
These creative recipes are easy to make and allow you to savor every last morsel.
No time for skewers? Gently toss the ingredients in a salad bowl, or dice the tomato, watermelon, and cheese into small cubes to serve as a fresh relish for grilled meats.
Watermelons are a classic summer road stand fruit that sometimes goes to waste because they are so large. Make use of your leftover watermelon slices and cool down from the heat with this fresh, tangy summer sipper.
Recipe: Watermelon Cooler
Spiked with the sweet-sharp heat of a pepper-jelly vinaigrette, ice-cold cubes of watermelon team up with buttery crumbles of Gorgonzola cheese and toasted pecans. Mâche is a tender, heirloom variety of lamb’s lettuce, but the salad is equally good prepared with a mix of baby lettuces.
Recipe: Watermelon, Mâche, and Pecan Salad
Making refreshing sorbet takes just fruit, water, and sugar. Use the simple syrup base to make the flavor combination of your choice— grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, orange, strawberry, cantaloupe, cherry, or raspberry.
- Recipe: Watermelon Sorbet
Melons are at their most flavorful this time of year so chill out with this summer refresher.
- Recipe: Watermelon Agua Frescas
This surprising salad combination will please your palate. The bright hues and refreshing flavors make Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad the perfect summer side dish.
Recipe: Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad
Use leftover watermelon to make this slushy summer drink. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
- Recipe: Watermelon-Mint Margaritas
Reinvent the fruit cocktail with hot pepper jelly, watermelon, peaches, herbs, and tomatoes.
This rainbow of summer fruit makes an elegant presentation and a refreshing side for a luncheon, brunch, or dinner. Layer and chill the salad up to eight hours in advance.
Recipe: Melon-and-Mozzarella Salad
Step up your traditional fruit salad recipe with this punched-up take as a BBQ side dish. The watermelon cleanses the palette and cools you down on hot summer days.
- Recipe: Melon and Plum Salad
Blue cheese and salty prosciutto are delicious with sweet melon. Grilling the watermelon enhances that sweetness and adds a touch of smoky flavor. Brushing the wedges with oil keeps them from sticking to the grill.
Recipe: Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
This pretty and easy to prepare spiked-fruit salad is guaranteed to be a conversation-stater at your next gathering.
The sweet heat of this beef dish is surprisingly refreshing. Slice the watermelon into sticks about the same size as the sugar snap peas so you get a sweet crunch in every bite. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for extra flavor.
Recipe: Beef-and-Watermelon Stir-Fry
Whirl up any summer melon in this refreshing sipper. For a nonalcoholic option, replace the sparkling wine with sparkling white grape juice, sparkling cider, or club soda.
Recipe: Watermelon Bellini
Cut a 1-inch slit into the rind of a just-cut watermelon wedge, and insert a wooden stick. Serve pops a variety of ways: Sprinkle with flavored salts and freshly ground pepper, drizzle with local honey and fresh lime juice, dust with red pepper, or add a splash of schnapps.
- Recipe: Instant Watermelon Pops
Indulge in the warm days of summer with this refreshing watermelon and goat cheese combination.
Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites
This salad uses just enough mayo to coat the shrimp, which will keep them moist but not drown them in a deluge of dressing.