11 Wonderfully Creative Ways to Serve Watermelon This Summer
It's virtually mandatory to serve sliced watermelon at a summer cookout. People can't seem to get enough of the stuff, despite the fact that watermelon seeds, if swallowed, can germinate inside your stomach and grow into problematic vines.
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That being said, there are much more creative ways to serve watermelon than slices. The fruit of the watermelon lends itself well to juicing, freezing or grilling, and can easily be incorporated into any number of drinks, desserts, and even savory dishes. And sure, some of those dishes might appear odd at first, but they're all inherently delicious and refreshing simply by virtue of containing watermelon.
What's more, preparing one of the following watermelon recipes allows for the pre-removal of those pesky watermelon seeds, lest any of them have a chance to take purchase inside the fertile valleys of your intestines.
(Clockwise from left: The Kitchy Kitchen, Inspiring the Everyday, Manu's Menu)
Nobody wants soup on a hot day, but gazpacho is a completely different story. The next time you find yourself with an abundance of watermelon, try whipping up this recipe from Chinmayie at Love Food Eat, which swaps the tomatoes for everyone's favorite summery fruit.
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Watermelon Salad With Feta and Mint
Cate from Girl Cooks World likes to serve ripe watermelon chunks in a fresh green salad, along with feta cheese, mint, and a simple citrus dressing. Click here to read her recipe.
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Fruit and whipped cream have always made a fun couple, so why not fruit and whipped-cream frosting? This recipe, courtesy of Heather at Sprinkle Bakes, combines watermelon and homemade icing for a unique take on cake.
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Tomato-based salsas are a dime a dozen. Watermelon salsas, on the other hand, must cost at least a nickel apiece. For a good one, try this recipe from Jessica at How Sweet It Is. It's great on chips, but Jessica piles it on her tilapia burgers for a bright summery punch.
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Unlike grapes or plums, watermelons aren't generally pressed and fermented into wine. But if you still insist on getting your buzz from a watermelon, try this mojito recipe from Michael at Inspiring the Everyday.
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Grilled Watermelon With Sriracha Soy Glaze
If you're the type of person who likes a little spicy with your sweet, you're going to love these grilled watermelon slices from Claire's Kitchy Kitchen. Brushed with a savory-sweet glaze containing sriracha-style hot sauce, Claire describes her recipe as "umami-tastic" and extremely addictive.
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Probably the most daring recipe on the list, this watermelon curry from Shaheen's Seasonal Veg Table features a delicate balance of sweet fruit and savory spices. Try out her full-flavored recipe here.
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Watermelon Ice Pops
Aside from air conditioning, there's almost nothing better than an ice pop on a hot day. Learn the recipe for making Nashira's watermelon pops (along with several other fruity ice pops) at her blog, Plateful.
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All you need are three ingredients and a freezer to whip up this cooling watermelon granita from Jennifer at Yummy Healthy Easy. "I can’t believe how something so simple can taste so good," she says of her sweet, slushy recipe.
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Gelo Di Melone
When she was a little girl growing up in Milan, Manuela at Manu's Menu remembers her grandmother making this exact recipe for watermelon gelatin. Try it with chocolate chips and pistachios for a special summertime treat.
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It seems so simple, mixing chocolate and watermelon. Yet none of us were brave enough to try it until Zerrin at Give Recipe gave us the all-clear with this tutorial, along with the assurance that yes, chocolate and watermelon are two great tastes that taste great together.