You'll Never Look at Watermelon the Same With These 40 Next-Level Recipes

Blair Donovan
·9 min read
Photo credit: Yammie's Noshery/Cooking Classy
Photo credit: Yammie's Noshery/Cooking Classy

From Country Living

Warmer temps mean sipping on summer drinks, plenty of time to practice the art of porching, and buying the absolute best fresh produce at the grocery store and the farmers' markets, summer squash recipes, and delicious blackberry recipes. But if we had to declare one sweet produce pick the official fruit of the sunny season, hands down, it would be watermelon.

Watermelon is great on its own, of course. It’s always fun to snack on a big piece straight from the rind (and then, of course, to pickling the rind), but one of the greatest things about watermelon is that there are so many different ways to prepare it. It's delicious as a dessert and dandy as a midday snack. But we often find ourselves most enamored with watermelon in savory situations, paired with beef kebabs or next to a coffee-spiced grilled chicken breast. Next to something savory, watermelon's sweetness really gets a chance to shine.

But whether you prefer slicing, dicing, grilling, or marinating your watermelon, we're betting these recipes will have you covered this summer. Add a tangy taste to your next block party with watermelon skewers, salad, ice pops, or even homemade barbecue sauce. Or on a liquid level, stay refreshed with watermelon juice recipes and an adult-friendly watermelon mojito. This year, stock up on the pink-and-green fruit like there’s no tomorrow and make the most of the seasonal fare while it's hot out with these delicious, crowd-pleasing watermelon dishes.

1. Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta Salad

Photo credit: Brian Woodcock
Photo credit: Brian Woodcock

Where else to start but with a classic? This combo of salty feta, savory tomato, and sweet, juicy watermelon is a must for the season. Top it with lime juice, mint, and a kick of red onion for an absolutely unbeatable taste.

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2. Watermelon Slices with Lime-Honey Syrup

Photo credit: Kate Mathis
Photo credit: Kate Mathis

This is the perfect way to upgrade an easy snack into something a little more elegant. The lime-honey syrup takes just a couple minutes to make, keeps well in the fridge, and will wow family and guests alike.

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3. Watermelon Sorbet

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

All you need is a blender, a freezer, and a hot day to enjoy this extra-delicious refreshing treat.

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4. Mojito Watermelon

Photo credit: Brian Woodcock
Photo credit: Brian Woodcock

To give this zesty snack an adult twist, try letting the melon soak in a little actual tequila as well.

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5. Watermelon Skewers

Photo credit: Cook Nourish Bliss
Photo credit: Cook Nourish Bliss

Who needs a charcuterie board when you can have meat, cheese, and watermelon on a skewer instead? Assembly couldn't be easier, and you can count on these summery sticks becoming a hit at your next party.

Get the recipe from Cook Nourish Bliss.

6. Watermelon Salsa

Photo credit: The Kitchen Docs
Photo credit: The Kitchen Docs

It's not a summer celebration until watermelon-infused salsa makes an appearance. The sweet supplement makes a welcome addition among slices of traditional ingredients like red onion, peppers, and jalapeños.

Get the recipe from The Kitchen Docs.

7. Watermelon Mousse

Photo credit: Sugar-Free Mom
Photo credit: Sugar-Free Mom

This indulgent watermelon recipe checks all the boxes—sugar-free, low-carb, and, most importantly, downright delicious.

Get the recipe from Sugar-Free Mom.

8. Chile-Lime Grilled Watermelon

Photo credit: Cooking on the Weekends
Photo credit: Cooking on the Weekends

It's near impossible to one-up the smoky flavor of grilled fruit, but a chile-lime seasoning does just the trick. From burgers to kebabs, any main course will seamlessly mesh with this easy summer side.

Get the recipe from Cooking on the Weekend.

9. Watermelon Barbecue Sauce

Photo credit: Yummy Healthy Easy
Photo credit: Yummy Healthy Easy

Your go-to BBQ sauce will pale in comparison to this savory spread, which you can whip up in just 15 minutes.

Get the recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy.

10. Watermelon Roll-Ups

Photo credit: Baked by Rachel
Photo credit: Baked by Rachel

You only need two ingredients for these tasty snacks that your kids (and you!) will want to munch on all summer long.

Get the recipe from Baked by Rachel.

11. Watermelon Syrup

Photo credit: Domestically Blissful
Photo credit: Domestically Blissful

Pancakes, ice cream, pie—you name it, this fruity syrup has the capacity to make it instantly taste a million times better. You'll never go back to regular old maple again.

Get the recipe from Domestically Blissful.

12. Watermelon Coconut Mojitos

Photo credit: Yammie's Noshery
Photo credit: Yammie's Noshery

Say hello to your new favorite summer cocktail. With the best tropical flavors, including a dash of coconut rum, it'll be love at first sip.

Get the recipe from Yammie's Noshery.

13. Watermelon Salad

Photo credit: BS' in the Kitchen
Photo credit: BS' in the Kitchen

Feta, mint, bacon, and red onion wedged between marinated watermelon slices put an inventive spin on standard salads. Plus, it's almost too stunning to eat.

Get the recipe from BS' in the Kitchen.

14. Watermelon Ice Pops

Photo credit: Jonny Valiant
Photo credit: Jonny Valiant

There's no better way to beat the heat and stave off sweat than homemade ice pops, and this batch earns bonus points for its lime juice and fresh blackberries.

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15. Mango, Watermelon, and Corn Salad

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Photo credit: The Forked Spoon

Bursting with fresh flavor, this fruit and veggie salad will hit the spot as a standalone meal or paired with grilled meats for a backyard BBQ.

Get the recipe from The Forked Spoon.

16. Watermelon Fries

Photo credit: Abbey's Kitchen
Photo credit: Abbey's Kitchen

Admittedly, nothing could ever top the greasy goodness of classic French fries, but this much healthier watermelon rendition is a close second. With a tasty seasoning and coconut lime dip, the ingenious side dish will win your kids over in no time.

Get the recipe from Abbey's Kitchen.

17. Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad Bites


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Photo credit: Rosyscription

Mini watermelon hors d'oeuvres on sticks? We'll take five.

Get the recipe from Rosyscription.

18. Watermelon, Cucumber, and Quinoa Salad

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Photo credit: Health Nut Nutrition

Rather than leafy greens, turn to quinoa as your summer salad base. The fluffy fare adds some light texture and will enhance the rest of the fresh ingredients smashingly.

Get the recipe from Health Nut Nutrition.

19. Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie

Photo credit: Snacking in Sneakers
Photo credit: Snacking in Sneakers

Day or night, there's no bad time to bust out the blender and sip on a smoothie. Leave a few watermelon slices in the freezer to whip up this three-ingredient beverage whenever you want.

Get the recipe from Snacking in Sneakers.

20. Honey Lime Chicken Tacos With Watermelon Salsa

Photo credit: Cravings of a Lunatic
Photo credit: Cravings of a Lunatic

Whether it's taco Tuesday or not, make any weeknight dinner more memorable with a sweet spin on standard tortilla fillings.

Get the recipe from Cravings of a Lunatic.

21. Watermelon Jelly

Photo credit: Love & Olive Oil
Photo credit: Love & Olive Oil

Itching to broaden your can collection? Fill mini Mason jars with homemade jelly, made from watermelon and lemon juice.

Get the recipe from Love & Olive Oil.

22. No-Bake Watermelon Cupcakes

Photo credit: Carolina Girl Cooks
Photo credit: Carolina Girl Cooks

No cake mix or baking pans are needed to bring these visually-appealing desserts to life. Simply use a round, juicy watermelon slice as the base, then top with whipped cream or icing and dig in.

Get the recipe from Carolina Girl Cooks.

23. Strawberry Watermelon Salad

Photo credit: Giggles Galore
Photo credit: Giggles Galore

Two seasonal staples—watermelon and strawberries—are always better than one. Throw together this easy fruit salad in just ten minutes, honey lime vinaigrette dressing and all.

Get the recipe from Giggles Galore.

24. Watermelon Pizza


Photo credit: Choosing Chia
Photo credit: Choosing Chia

Pizza pie gets a glorious new meaning. Ditch the crust for a fruit-based alternative and top the sliced creation with yogurt, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and blueberries.

Get the recipe from Choosing Chia.

25. Watermelon Gazpacho

Photo credit: Priya Kitchenette
Photo credit: Priya Kitchenette

Cold, watermelon-infused soup couldn't get more summer-worthy if it tried.

Get the recipe from Priya Kitchenette.

26. Watermelon Whiskey Pops

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Photo credit: The Little Epicurean

You're never too old for a flavored ice pop—and the alcoholic addition doesn't hurt either.

Get the recipe from The Little Epicurean.

27. Heirloom Tomato, Basil, and Watermelon Salad


Photo credit: Luci's Morsels
Photo credit: Luci's Morsels

Have you ever seen a more perfect porch dinner? This colorful plate is practically begging you to enjoy it from the great outdoors.

Get the recipe from Luci's Morsels.

28. Watermelon Mint Mimosas

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Photo credit: Mindful Avocado

Because when have you ever said no to a watermelon cocktail?

Get the recipe from Mindful Avocado.

29. Watermelon Coconut Sorbet

Photo credit: Easy Peasy Creative
Photo credit: Easy Peasy Creative

Put your watermelon to good use in the dessert realm. This creamy concoction calls for just three ingredients and a blender or food processor.

Get the recipe from Easy Peasy Creative.

30. Chilled Watermelon and Rosé Soup

Photo credit: No Spoon Necessary
Photo credit: No Spoon Necessary

Believe it or not, watermelon and rosé don't have to be just a cocktail combo—you can even meld them into a cool summer soup, as long as you add ingredients like jalapeño, fresh ginger, lime juice, honey, and a handful of enticing garnishes.

Get the recipe from No Spoon Necessary.

31. Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad

Photo credit: Pinch of Yum
Photo credit: Pinch of Yum

If we've learned anything at all from barbecues, it's that watermelon and meats go together better than peas and carrots. Let a bit of a baby spinach and balsamic glaze in on the fun too with this healthy chicken-infused salad.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

32. Fresh Watermelon Cake

Photo credit: SprinkleBakes
Photo credit: SprinkleBakes

Cut your watermelon down to a cake shape, layer with whipped cream, and give guests a juicy surprise once they take their first bites.

Get the recipe from SprinkleBakes.

33. Cedar Plank Salmon With Watermelon Feta Salsa

Photo credit: Half Baked Harvest
Photo credit: Half Baked Harvest

Once you've grilled salmon on an orange juice-soaked cedar plank and drizzled with a savory watermelon salsa, you'll have even non-fish fans feeling intrigued.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

34. Watermelon Fruit Sparklers

Photo credit: Tastes Better From Scratch
Photo credit: Tastes Better From Scratch

Come Fourth of July (or really any summer day, for that matter), keep things patriotic with star-shaped watermelon and blueberry "sparklers." A much safer alternative to actual sparklers, these skewers make playing with food a blast.

Get the recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch.

35. Watermelon Caprese Salad

Photo credit: How Sweet Eats
Photo credit: How Sweet Eats

Dress up grilled watermelon slices with honey, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

36. Watermelon Ice Cubes

Photo credit: Taste and Tell
Photo credit: Taste and Tell

Toss your ice trays this summer—these frozen watermelon cubes keep temps low and flavor high inside a glass of regular or seltzer water.

Get the recipe from Taste and Tell.

37. Watermelon and Goat Cheese Appetizer

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Photo credit: A Foodcentric Life

Trust us—these bite-sized noms will be gone in the blink of an eye the next time you play host.

Get the recipe from A Foodecentric Life.

38. Watermelon Lemonade Margaritas

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Photo credit: Crazy for Crust

For those days when you could use something a tad bit stronger than plain lemonade.

Get the recipe from Crazy for Crust.

39. Salted Watermelon Sorbet Bars

Photo credit: Spicy Southern Kitchen
Photo credit: Spicy Southern Kitchen

The more layers, the merrier, as evidenced by this three-part dessert's design: a waffle cone crust base, homemade watermelon sorbet middle, and whipped cream to top it all off.

Get the recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen.

40. Watermelon and Manchego Stack With Arugula Pesto

Photo credit: Sam Horine/Food Republic
Photo credit: Sam Horine/Food Republic

There's something about eating stacked foods that just gets us really excited, and this refreshing appetizer is no exception.

Get the recipe from Food Republic.

41. Spicy Watermelon and Avocado Salad

This healthy salad is equal parts sweet and tangy.

Get the recipe from Love and Lemons.

42. Orzo Salad With Chicken, Watermelon, and Feta

This nutritious recipe—featuring boneless chicken, lime, and whole wheat orzo—is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next picnic.

Get the recipe from Rachel Cooks.

43. Watermelon Vodka Tonic

Watermelon soaked in vodka is the star of this summery cocktail.

Get the recipe from Biscuits and Such.

44. Balsamic Watermelon Salad

Red onion, mint leaves, and balsamic give this sweet fruit a more savory flavor.

Get the recipe from Mom on Timeout.

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