30 Watermelon Recipes That Are Perfect for Summer
Nothing says "summer" like a juicy, ripe watermelon. Whether you're searching for a refreshing cocktail, popsicle, or salad, we have the watermelon recipes for you.
Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Cucumbers add a welcome crunch to this refreshing summer salad of cubed watermelon, fresh herbs, and crumbled feta cheese. You can replace the fresh mint with basil if you prefer, or use a combination of both herbs. A personal-sized seedless watermelon is just the right size for this salad, but you can also use pre-cut melon or a portion of a larger watermelon. Be sure to dress the salad right before serving it to prevent the melon and cucumbers from watering down the vinaigrette
Fresh-cut summer melon is best, but precubed melon will work in a pinch. Spoon this over grilled pork chops or fish, or serve it with tortilla chips for a twist on salsa.
Steamed Shrimp and Watermelon Salad
Steaming the shrimp helps prevent overcooking and keeps it succulent. Watermelon makes a surprisingly good pairing.
Double-Serrano Watermelon Bites
These bites are a step up from classic prosciutto-wrapped melon and provide sweet, spicy, salty, tart, and meaty tastes. If you can’t find serrano ham, use prosciutto; you also can use balsamic glaze in place of pomegranate molasses.
Spicy Scallops with Watermelon Salsa
Here we season quick-cooking scallops with inspiration from Caribbean pepper pot recipes. To get a nice sear on the scallops without any sticking, be sure to thoroughly pat your scallops dry and preheat the skillet until it’s nice and hot. The spicy scallops are cooled by the sweet, minty watermelon salsa. Ask for “dry” sea scallops at the fish counter. Other scallops have been treated with a sodium solution that prevents them from browning nicely and can make the texture of the meat less pleasant.
Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint
A simple, fresh watermelon salad says summer like nothing else. And with the addition of crumbled feta cheese, bright mint, and a chunky olive vinaigrette, the salty-sweet flavor balance of this watermelon salad is especially swoon-worthy. The secret to the salad's Kalamata dressing, which would be excellent with any blend of summer melons, is in the toasted walnuts. The robust nuts temper the intense brininess of the olives to just the right level, while also giving the dressing another layer of rich flavor. If you’re hesitant about salting your watermelon, just trust us on this one—sprinkling the juicy summer fruit with salt actually amps up its sweetness.
Sriracha-Lime Grilled Watermelon
These gorgeous Sriracha-Lime Grilled Watermelon slices look like they took hours to prepare, but they only take 10 minutes.
Watermelon, Cucumber, and Burrata Salad
This bright and beautiful Watermelon, Cucumber, and Burrata Salad looks like summer in a bowl. It's sure to refresh you on a hot day.
Watermelon and Scallop Ceviche
If you can’t find bay scallops, which are small, buy a pound of sea scallops and cut them into quarters.
La Croix Watermelon Agua Fresca
Watermelon-Cucumber Gin and Tonic
A reinterpretation of the familiar gin and tonic, this cocktail includes fresh watermelon and cucumber juices for a refreshing taste.
How to Make Instant Pot Watermelon Rind Pickles
The sweet and spicy snack can be chopped into a salad, served alongside a starchier meal, or simply as is. Finger-licking tasty as watermelon rind pickles are, the pressure-cooker is the real secret weapon behind this dish.
Sip Watermelon Rum Punch Directly from the Fruit
This tart and floral watermelon rum punch is a delightful brunch sipper all afternoon long. The star of the show may be the melon, but this drink’s flavor power owes a lot to St-Germain, a sweet elderflower liqueur.
Spike Your Watermelon with Tequila
Before biting into a sweet slice of watermelon, you should really soak it in tequila. Essentially a cocktail poured over the fruit, tequila-spiked watermelon is so much better a brunch side than a pile of the plain fruit.
This Spiked Watermelon Lemonade Recipe Will Save You from the Heat
Your local lemonade stand’s got nothing on this summer cocktail refresher. A glass of tangy, sweet lemonade is an old-fashioned Southern standby, but it could use an update. For an icy, pink-tinted drink that’s made for the shade, we experimented here, elevating the summertime favorite by adding a splash of vodka and watermelon juice.
Instant Pot Watermelon Rinds Are the Snack of the Summer
You're throwing away the best part of the watermelon, and I'd like to help you out here. Not just to minimize the waste you're discarding willy-nilly into the world, but also because I would like to be the person who introduces you to your new favorite warm weather snack: spicy Instant Pot watermelon rind pickles.
Hot-Sweet Grilled Watermelon
Tim Love likes to use guajillo chile powder here, which provides moderate heat. Cayenne or chipotle powder would also work.
You can substitute unseasoned rice vinegar or fresh lime juice for the white balsamic, adding a touch of honey if needed. Fresh mint can stand in for the basil.
Watermelon Granita with Hibiscus Syrup and Yogurt
Karen Hatfield serves this sophisticated granita at her LA restaurant, Odys + Penelope. Dried hibiscus flowers can be found at specialty markets, Latin markets, and health food stores. You can substitute grenadine syrup to good effect, but Hatfield asserts that hibiscus syrup best complements the fruit in this dish.
White balsamic vinegar, sweet and mild just like traditional balsamic, is ideal here because it’s light in color and won’t “muddy out” the salad. The salty, sharp bite of pecorino Romano is delicious here. You can also sub another hard grating cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or ricotta salata.
Transform juicy summer watermelon and tomatoes into a vibrant sweet-tangy salsa that’s perfect for anything from scooping with tortilla chips to spooning over grilled chicken. For a vibrant appetizer, you can also use this simple, yet scrumptious, recipe as the red band of our “Rainbow” Salsa.
This versatile watermelon syrup will save your summer desserts.
Watermelon-Lime Pops with Chile Dipping Salt
. When store-bought simply won’t do, you’ll be grateful for this recipe, which uses fresh and unexpected ingredients to really amp up the sweet and salty flavor. Light, bright, and sweet, these make-ahead watermelon pops come together in just five minutes, after chilling overnight, of course.
Tomatoes are usually the main ingredient in this Spanish-style chilled soup, but this version features fresh-seeded watermelon.
Packed with good-for-you nutrients and hydrating benefits, watermelon is a healthy thirst quencher for summer. So it’s only fitting to combine it with other fresh fruits to make a thick and creamy beverage to enjoy for a quick breakfast or snack.
Enjoy this revitalizing take on lemonade with the addition of juicy watermelon and cooling mint. The natural sweetness of the watermelon mellows out the tartness of the lemon juice while the mint delivers with a invigorating finish. Remember to purchase a seedless watermelon so you aren’t spending hours picking out the seeds.
Citrus Yogurt With Watermelon Dippers
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Instant Pot Pork Sliders with Watermelon Barbecue Sauce
This has all the flavor and tenderness of all-day barbecue, but comes together in a few hours. The watermelon juice replaces the stock usually found in Instant Pot or slow cooker pulled pork recipes, and the rind gives the sauce from extra body. The pork’s sweetness resembles that of al pastor, so it would work just as well in tacos as it does in sliders.
Try a new twist on a classic margarita with watermelon and mint flavors.
Tuna-and-Watermelon Poke Bowls
This poke bowl is super delicious and flavorful, complete with umami-soy saltiness and citrus notes. Poke should only be made with sushi-grade tuna, which you can find at specialty stores like Whole Foods or your local fishmonger. If you can’t find yellow watermelon, use cantaloupe—that ingredient’s more about color contrast. Letting the fish and fruit “marinate” really allows the flavors to meld. Make sure the sauce gets nicely pureed so it’s super smooth—in a regular blender, that means at least a minute or two. The fruit can last overnight, but the fish shouldn’t go for more than a few hours. Serve with all the accoutrements, and customize to your heart’s content.