17 Watermelon Recipe Ideas (perfect for a Summer day)

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I used to think watermelons were just for eating by themselves, and spitting out the seeds. But things have changed! (Most of the watermelons at the store don’t even have seeds anymore.)

Here is a list of watermelon recipe ideas that you can pull out and enjoy on a nice summer day.

Watermelon Recipes

These watermelon recipes range from breakfast options, to cooling drinks, appetizers to dinner.


1. Watermelon Salad

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Mix cubed watermelon with feta cheese, mint leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a refreshing summer salad.

2. Watermelon Popsicles

Photo credit: TheBestIdeasForKids.com

You could insert popsicle sticks into thick watermelon slices and freeze them for a simple, hydrating popsicle that kids and adults will love.

Or you could change things up a bit, like Kim at “TheBestIdeasForKids.com” did when she incorporated some yogurt and kiwi into the mold. Click here to check out her full instructions.

Blend watermelon with a bit of lime juice and freeze in popsicle molds for a cool, hydrating treat perfect for hot days.

3. Watermelon Salsa

Photo credit: TheGirlWhoAteEverything

Do you want to try something a little different with your watermelon?

Here is a watermelon salsa recipe that is sure to turn heads at your next picnic. Try it with chips or grilled fish.

4. Watermelon Smoothie

Blend watermelon chunks with half a frozen banana, and your choice other fruits and veggies to create a nice refreshing summer smoothie.

You could also add yogurt or protein powder to up the protein content of your drink

5. Grilled Watermelon

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Slice watermelon into thick rounds and grill for a few minutes on each side.

The heat caramelizes the sugars, enhancing its sweetness and adding a smoky flavor.

6. Watermelon Gazpacho

Photo credit: LoveAndLemons.com

Want a refreshing cold soup that is perfect for hot summer days?

You can blend watermelon with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and a touch of olive oil for a light, chilled soup that’s perfect as a summer appetizer.

If you prefer to follow a recipe, check out this watermelon gazpacho from LoveAndLemons.com

7. Watermelon Skewers with Feta or Halloumi

Thread cubes of watermelon and feta cheese onto skewers for a simple, tasty appetizer that’s easy to eat and looks amazing.

For some variety you could use halloumi instead of feta and add some other fruits like strawberries and large blueberries.

8. Watermelon Sorbet

Puree watermelon and freeze it in an ice cream maker for a light and refreshing sorbet that’s dairy-free and delicious.

If you want to follow a recipe, here is a link to one on Food.com

9. Watermelon Caprese Salad

Replace tomatoes with watermelon in a classic Caprese salad, layering with mozzarella and basil, and drizzling with balsamic reduction.

10. Watermelon Margaritas

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Want a fruity twist on the classic margarita that is perfect for summer parties?

Check out this homemade watermelon margarita recipe from CherishedBliss.com

11. Watermelon Pizza (dessert)

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Here is a clever dessert I found on WholesomeYum.com that looks delicious and refreshing. Diehard pizza fans may scream this isn’t pizza, but it sure looks good whatever you call it.

Top watermelon slices with yogurt, berries, granola, or even icing for a fun “pizza” that’s great for breakfast or dessert.

12. Watermelon and Shrimp Ceviche

Here is a refreshing take on traditional ceviche that includes watermelon, lemon juice, bell peppers and more.

13. Watermelon Chia Pudding

You have a couple of options here. You could make up your chia pudding using milk or any non-dairy milk or water, then add cubes of watermelon to the top. (Like in the photo above.)

Or you could mix blended watermelon with chia seeds and let it set overnight for a nutritious breakfast or snack. So you’d be using the watermelon juice as the liquid to make your chia pudding.

14. Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

Photo credit: DinnerAtTheZoo.com

Combine watermelon and cucumber cubes with fresh mint and a light vinaigrette for a crisp and refreshing salad.

There are also lots of variations you can use to personalize this salad.

Check out DinnerAtTheZoo for her recipe.

15. Watermelon Slushie

Blend watermelon with ice and a touch of honey for a quick, icy slushie that’s perfect for cooling down.

You can also try adding a squeeze of lime, lemon or some mint leaves for extra zing.

16. Watermelon Bruschetta

Top toasted baguette slices with a mixture of diced watermelon, basil, and goat cheese or feta for a sweet and savory bruschetta.

You can also season it with rosemary or other spices to get the flavor you crave.

17. Watermelon Float

Photo credit: HowSweetEats.com

Want a nice and sweet way to cool down? If so, check out this watermelon float shared by Jessica at HowSweetEats.com

Many people in the summer already have a stock of vanilla ice cream, soda, mint and watermelon.

So follow Jessica’s recipe to make this interesting twist on a summer-time favorite.

These watermelon recipe ideas are easy to make and show just how versatile this summer fruit can be. I enjoyed learning about this variety, and I hope you have too.

Enjoy experimenting with these recipes!

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