As soon as it’s July, you better believe that I’m going to have watermelon in my fridge 24/7. Not only is it one of the most refreshing summer snacks on its own, it’s also an extremely versatile ingredient. People may not realize that they can use watermelon from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep.
Check out some of these inventive ways to use up summer’s favorite fruit!
Smoothies and Slushies
Because of the watermelon’s high water content, it’s the perfect ingredient to blend up in your morning smoothie. You won’t need to add as much liquid, which often dilutes the flavor of your smoothie, because the watermelon adds that extra liquid all on its own. Try cutting your watermelon into cubes and then freezing them - they’ll turn into a delicious flavored ice cubes you can blend to thicken and chill your morning drink!
Recipes to try: Coconut Lime Watermelon Slushie from Minimalist Baker & Refreshing Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie from Ambitious Kitchen
Due to watermelon’s circular shape, it’s the perfect ingredient to use to whip up this spin on an Italian classic. Simply cut your watermelon into flat circles, and top with whatever your heart desires! Greek yogurt, coconut whip, or your favorite jam make fantastic “sauces,” and fresh fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips are great choices for toppings!
Recipes to try: Watermelon, Feta, & Balsamic Pizza from Skinnytaste & Banana Cheesecake Watermelon Pizza from The Cookie Rookie
With all of the beautiful produce available this time of year, it’s no wonder that watermelon is often paired with the other fruits and vegetables of the season. Try complimenting watermelon’s sweetness with some balsamic vinegar or honey or throwing thick slices on the grill to help the watermelon’s sugars caramelize. You’re going to love this pink fruit in your next leafy creation!
Recipes to try: Honey Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salads from How Sweet It Is & Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum
You don’t need to use the whole fruit in order to enjoy watermelon’s flavors! Extract the juices by blending and straining the fruit and then make ice cubes out of the juice that won’t dilute your drink. Think of it as a whole food vitamin water; you’re getting all of watermelon’s vitamins and nutrients in one refreshing and hydrating package.
Recipes to try: Watermelon Limeade from Maebells & Vitamin Water from Soup Addict
Ice Cream and Sorbet
Can you think of a more refreshing treat this summer?! Because watermelon freezes so well, you’ll love blending it up into a thick and creamy frozen dessert. Try adding ingredients like coconut milk for a creamy texture, or mint, other fruit, and honey for a flavored sorbet!
Recipes to try: Watermelon Sorbet by A Sweet Pea Chef & Watermelon Coconut Ice Cream by Baking-Ginger
On its Own
Some people may shy away from buying a watermelon at the store because they’re supposedly a pain to cut. Do you cut it “hamburger” or “hotdog” style? How do you get those perfect little squares? Luckily, there are many different ways to make cutting a watermelon manageable and stress-free activity.
Recipes to try: The Easiest Way to Cut a Watermelon by Fooduzzi & How to Cut Up a Watermelon by The Kitchn
What’s your favorite way to enjoy this refreshing summer fruit?