Watermelon Recipe Round-Up: Summer Edition

Summer is in full swing, and as the heat bears down, there’s no better time to celebrate one of the season’s most iconic fruits: watermelon. Juicy, refreshing, and bursting with flavor, watermelon is a staple at picnics, barbecues, and poolside gatherings. It’s no wonder July is National Watermelon Month, a time to honor this beloved fruit and its delightful qualities.

Watermelon is a tasty treat and an excellent way to stay hydrated during the scorching summer months. With a water content of up to 92%, this fruit is nature’s answer to beating the heat. Plus, watermelon is a nutritional powerhouse packed with essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. It’s a healthful choice for those looking to maintain a balanced diet while enjoying the season’s bounty. Rejuvenate yourself with Betty Crocker’s easy Watermelon Lemonade. This drink is both fresh and tangy with a watermelon-lemon-lime combo.

Allrecipes’ Greek Watermelon Pizza proves that watermelon is suited for the sweet and salty treatment. Feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, and mint are a tasty topping combo that turns watermelon into a surprising summer appetizer. Other great topping combos for watermelon include coconut + curry; jicama + grated ginger + lemon; arugula + balsamic vinegar + shaved parmesan; and red onion + lime + chili powder.

Whip up a batch of Love & Lemon’s Watermelon Gazpacho for a refreshing twist on this classic fruit. This chilled soup combines the sweetness of watermelon with savory ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, green onions, and basil, creating a delightful and unexpected summer dish that will impress your guests. It offers a burst of coolness and flavor, perfect for the summer heat.

The next time you plan a Taco Tuesday night, add McCormick’s easy recipe for Spiced Watermelon Kebabs to the menu for a different dessert. Sea salt and taco seasoning kick up the sweet flavor of watermelon in a unique way. Or surprise your family with our simple Watermelon-Lime Sorbet. Sorbet is a great dessert choice because it’s made with naturally sweet fruit, making it a healthier dessert. It’s also a frosty palate cleanser that wipes the slate clean, preparing taste buds for their next flavor-filled adventure.

After a good workout, Watermelon.org’s Watermelon Beet Post Workout Smoothie or Watermelon Infused Water is a great way to replenish your body’s water supply. You can even Let Watermelon Refresh Your Skincare Routine with a DIY watermelon facial, moisturizer & toner, or sugar scrub.

When selecting a watermelon, look for one that is heavy for its size, as this indicates a higher water content and overall ripeness. The skin should be dull rather than shiny, and there should be a creamy yellow spot on one side where the watermelon rested on the ground while growing. Before cutting into your watermelon, be sure to rinse it thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or bacteria that may be present on the surface.

As we revel in the joys of summer, let us not forget to pay homage to the mighty watermelon. Whether served in wedges, cubed, or blended into a refreshing beverage, this fruit embodies the essence of the season. It’s a true summer icon that never fails to delight.