July 05, 2012

Whether shopping at the farmers' market or grocery store, you are bound to see a bounty of sweet, juicy watermelons ready for carving. If you're looking for some fresh takes on this summer staple, check out our recipe roundup featuring watermelon as a dessert, side, salad, and relish.

 

 

 

Watermelon Margarita Pops
These four-ingredient pops give all the satisfaction of a watermelon margarita but as an easy and festive dessert. Simply process watermelon and lime juice in the blender, strain, stir in tequila, lime zest, and sugar and freeze in paper cups. Break these out after a hot day at the pool or lake for a refreshing, boozy treat. 



Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Watermelon Refresher


Freshness abound in this fruit and veggie packed side dish. With ingredients like sweet watermelon, crunchy English cucumbers, jicama, cantaloupe, mangoes, jalapeño, red onion and fresh herbs, this recipe will pair well with any grilled chicken, fish, or beef.

 

Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad
Combine juicy watermelon chunks with fresh tomato for an unusual flavor combination that epitomizes summer. Toss with an easy, homemade red wine vinaigrette and sliced red onions to round out this dish. For even more flavor, add feta cheese and

 


Watermelon Rind Relish
If you're tired of throwing away the rind of your watermelon, use the inner white rind to make this tangy relish that is a perfect complement to fish, ham, or pork. You'll need 6 cups of grated rind (about a 5 pound watermelon) as well as sugar, cider vinegar, dry mustard, ground turmeric, ground ginger, and salt. Store the relish in and airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.

What is your favorite way to enjoy watermelon?

 

 

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