Summer is finally upon us! One of our favorite summertime treats is WATERMELON! Love, love, love the stuff. We know that we plan to eat it all summer long, and you should, too. To make it even easier and more fun (if that’s possible!), try this Watermelon Slicer.
The video below shows you exactly how easy and fun it is to use. Melon with less mess and faster to the plate and to your belly. That’s what were talking about!
Watermelon gives healthy doses of vitamins A, B6 and C, amino acids, antioxidants and a ton of good ol’ H2O, there are so many reasons to just say yes to watermelon. And now, with the watermelon recipes below, you have 15 more reasons. Try each and every one, and let us know what you think!
Enjoy this simple 4-ingredient refresher pool-side or even printer-side at the office. This infused water whips up in a snap and brings great flavor to a boring H2O bev!
This 3-ingredient cooler is fantastic on a hot day! Super simple to make – just make sure you have good quality, healthy lemonade, we like this one from Texanerin.
Delicious and refreshing agua fresca, which translates to “fresh water”. Watermelon, lime, mint and water. Consider replacing the water with sparkling water for an effervescent kick. (Notes say to add agave or powdered sugar to sweeten if needed, but we recommend maple syrup or honey for a lower-glycemic, less processed take. Translation = healthier for you!)
Where do lemonade, raspberries and watermelon become best friends? In this cool cooler – and soon enough, in your belly! Try with the suggested coconut water for an electrolyte-powered, thirst-quenching boost. Just one cup contains a whopping 600mg potassium! Swap this out for your kid’s Gatorade – they’ll love it!
Break out that blender and get whirring! This no-sweetener-added smoothie makes a scrumptious fruity breakfast or mid-day snack. Enjoy!
Vin is in! Vinaigrette is the hip and healthy way to dress up your salads in any season. Did you know that vinegar’s tart flavor doesn’t just wake up your taste buds–it contains electrolytes that boost energy and help you hydrate? This sweet and sassy combo will titillate your tongue with a surprise apple cider twist! For another great vin spin, try our Champagne Vinaigrette for a fancy, sparkling refresher!
Fruit salsas are a refreshing spin on the classic veggie-laden condiment. Add another level of sophisticated to this flavor companion of all things crunchy and savory! This version is refreshing and delicious and works perfectly over grilled chicken or on fish tacos. Yum!
Whaaat?!? Yes. If there ever were such a thing as too much watermelon, then jerky is your solution! Remember that time you bought a GIANT watermelon for the BBQ, only to have 10 other people had do the same? Melon jerky has you covered – deliciously, deliciously covered. Yum!
When this easy, inexpensive and craving-conquering munchie shows up in the lunchbox at school…or the office…or the gym…or anywhere…just be warned you’ll be asked for this recipe so often you might start packing copies with your meals. In this version, we prefer it honey-sweetened for a healthier treat you’ll be happy to give your kiddos.
Waste not, want not. These pickled snacks are a great way to get the most out of your fruit. Pickle the rind in just 5 days and get more from your food. Yum!
Finger foods are always in demand at garden parties and we’re always on the lookout for new things to skewer. Marinated kebabs? A staple. Grilled veggies? Naturally. Summer salad on a stick? Why not! And if you love these, check out our Spiraled Cucumber Greek Salad.
Chilled soups were a thing way back when silverware was actually silver, corsets and three-piece suits were proper dinner attire and live-in chefs were on demand. However, this sweet and tangy gazpacho tastes like a million bucks without the effort! Delish!
Unless you’re very lucky, you probably have memories of slimy, canned or fridge-flavored fruit salads. (A certain grandmother who will remain nameless made it with whipped cream, pink marshmallows and unflavored gelatin.) This is redemption for all those cafeteria afterthoughts and corn-syrup fruit cups we suffered through as kids.
Tomatillos are also called “tomate verde” in Mexico (which means green tomato) and are a staple in Mexican cooking. Texas gardens sport these tangy little green gems in bonnets of papery lantern leaves, but if you’ve never personally seen one outside of salsa, skip on over to the local grocery and get acquainted!
Feta usually finds itself in rich or savory dishes, but you haven’t lived until you pair it with watermelon. It’s one of those magical combinations that renews itself in each bite, waking the senses and thrilling the taste buds to the last forkful. And for more fabulous feta foods, try our Green Beans with Feta and Olives. Yum!
There are several delicately sweet fruits that take balsamic vinegar to a new level; pears, strawberries, and now watermelon. In this recipe we bring chicken along for the ride for a sumptuous salad that’s sure to please!
This combination of flavors really brings out the bright, clean ocean taste of quality shrimp, so treat yourself to the freshest you can find!
Did you know watermelon is originally native to tropical Africa? And if you think “tropical” and “Africa” is an exotic juxtaposition, then this summer couscous will definitely send your taste buds to new places!
If you have had the joy of sipping cool “spa water” loaded with cucumber and citrus slices, that’s the refreshing delight this marinated chicken inspires. Hot off the grill and loaded with cool cucumber watermelon salsa, it’s an endless summer in the tummy.
That’s right, sparkling! This meal is anything but cookie-cutter. (See what we did there?) Looks amazing, tastes better, and plates quickly and easily. Mint and champagne vinegar give it a sparkle on the tongue and glorious color on the table. And for more champagne vinegar goodness, try out our own Champagne Vinaigrette recipe.
Time to indulge in a sizzling Hollywood affair. And what says west-coast summer more than watermelon and fish tacos? Level up your street food and street cred in one delicious meal, and make sure you go fresh or go home!
Coconuts. Sure they make great drink-holders and luau daywear…but with a little tequila, Mahi-Mahi, watermelon and this recipe? Your taste buds will be doing the hula.
Tilapia is an inexpensive white-fleshed fish that slurps up flavor in any recipe. Here it is showcased as a light burger alternative loaded with–you guessed it–watermelon salsa! Don’t go light on the lime juice, it’s delicious on fish and brings an extra pop of sweet from the watermelon.
…AND THE TREATS
We always want more sweets. And now we can have them, without the guilt!
We prefer a squeeze of honey in place of the sugar for a healthier take. If you’re feeling a little grown-up, also try a splash or two of rum for a real mojito treat!
Two delicious berries–that’s right! Watermelon is a berry, we Googled it–in a smoothie on a stick! If we had a microphone, we’d drop it. Bam.
Reminiscent of cream sodas, bobby socks and poodle skirts, this sorbet can be dressed up or down with mint or a berry reduction–take a bag of frozen berries, defrost in a small saucepan with a dash of rum and drizzle warm over a scoop or two!
Simple, sweet and no-nonsense. The lime really adds a depth to watermelon that may have you squeezing it on fresh slices forevermore!
We love this recipe for taste and for the adorable look of the pops. Food should be fun, don’t you think? These sure are! Use honey to taste in place of sugar and enjoy guilt-free.
This recipe serves four, but we suggest you fill the biggest tumbler you can find with this icy treat, add a tiny umbrella, a giant straw and slurp to your heart’s content! We found we didn’t even miss the sugar when we left it out.
BONUS: FUN WATERMELON CRAFTS!
These are easy enough to do with little ‘uns, and if you have a hair dryer you can speed up the paint’s dry-time and finish several in a single afternoon.
The cuteness factor is “très adorable” with this French article, but even without a translatioh, the photos alone are enough to walk you through this project with ease! We recommend Sharpies or acrylic paint markers, just make sure to ask for the ones that don’t wash off!
Another project the tots can help you with, reminiscent of preschool sponge paintings and potato stamps!
We’re fans of bargain hunting. From garage sales to dollar stores, you can find a pair of serving spoons just waiting to be transformed by a painter’s touch and a bowl of fruit salad!
There is no such thing as too many crafty mason jar projects. So here’s one more! Try filling it with watermelon jerky for an original hostess gift at the next big get-together?
Remember tie-dye? This is so much easier. A simple, sweet design that’ll add a cool slice of summer to the wardrobe. And why stop at a shirt? How about socks? A scarf? Pillow cases? Matching hoodie for the dog? Okay, we might have to pace ourselves.
We hope you enjoyed these watermelon-y treats. Try a few or a few dozen this summer. It’s a great way to stay hydrated! And for more tips on hydration, check out this article. Want more melon recipes? Check out this Arugula, Cantaloupe, and Goat Cheese Salad. Yum!
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