9 Refreshing Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon is intoxicatingly perfect on its own, just sliced and eaten out of hand. But sometimes…you crave something more. It works beautifully when served in more savory ways. Or juiced. Or frozen. Here are some of our favorite ways to eat more of that wonderful melon.

Watermelon Lemonade

A tangy sweetness that's irresistible to all ages. (Although if you’re looking to make it more grown up, we can help with that, too.)

Watermelon Salad with Aleppo Pepper

Yeah, watermelon juice dripping off your elbow is a swell thing. So is this incomparably elegant yet easy salad that melds sweet and heat.

Tomato Watermelon Feta Salad

All your summer favorites collide in this kaleidoscopic salad that's equally stunning when layered in a jar or simply tossed in a bowl.

Watermelon and Ginger

Watermelon takes on a sweet heat when rubbed with a nubbin of ginger. Wowsers.

Pickled Watermelon Rind

A Southern summer tradition that makes a sweet, tangy, and cinnamon spiced pickle. Not too sugary or tart, they make a perfect snack.

Watermelon Sorbet

No ice cream maker required. Just watermelon, citrus, sweetness, mint, and a little time in the deep freeze. Vodka optional. Then all you do is scoop it up and plop it in a pretty bowl.

Watermelon, Halloumi and Za’atar Salad

A marvelous, if unconventional, Middle Eastern concoction that's as refreshing as a dip in the Mediterranean.

Watermelon Limeade

Taken neat, on the rocks, or with a stealth shot of tequila, we think you'll find no fault with this drink that's designed for the dog days of summer.

Watermelon with Fleur de Sel

The simplest and most summery dessert we know--complete with juice dribbling down your chin--just got even more spectacular.


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