13 Ways To Eat Watermelon All Day Long, Because This Summer Fruit Won't Be Around Much Longer
Labor Day is almost upon us, bringing with it the unofficial start of fall. Make the most of these last few days of summer with the most summery of all fruits, watermelon. These watermelon recipes by Spoon University are exactly what you need to say goodbye to this beautiful, warm weather season in the most delicious way possible. Put your favorite fruit in smoothie bowls, salsa, or salad — or heck, just eat it straight up with a spoon. Watermelon, wonderful though it may be, won't be around for much longer, so it is important to eat up while you can. Luckily for you, there is no end to the amount of ways you can get your watermelon fix, so go ahead and start noshing.
Summer isn't over yet, and watermelon is the "it" fruit of the season. Whether it's at a music festival or poolside, the iconic red wedge is bound to make an appearance on your Instagram feed.
But of course, the king of summer fruit is more than just a good photo op, and can be incorporated into your diet in more ways than you'd expect. If you love watermelon, here are 13 recipes to use so that you can dedicate an entire day to getting your fill.
1. Watermelon Smoothie Bowl
Photo by Danielle Cahoon
Start your watermelon marathon off on the right foot. The açai bowl, a longstanding Instagram celeb, health-nut staple, and best friend of the #healthyliving tags, needs to take a break from the limelight.
Although I'm all about my morning sambazon myself, I don't mind putting the açai aside for a refreshing watermelon smoothie bowl , which is full of health benefits guaranteed to satisfy every superfood fanatic's needs.
2. Watermelon Jelly
Photo by Rachael Piorko
Tired of traffic jams? Overplayed radio jams? Try watermelon jam. Throw it on toast, pancakes, eat it straight, whatever. Find the totally car accident and The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) -free recipe here.
3. Watermelon Agua Frescas
Photo by Angelina Marioni
Wash down your watermelon breakfast with more watermelon. This one-ingredient treat is the perfect way to keep cool while staying summertime-lazy. Find the recipe here .
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4. Watermelon Salsa
Photo by Santina Renzi
Keep things going with a melon-y snack. There are few things on earth better than a summer snack of chips and pico de gallo, except perhaps pico de gallo with a twist of watermelon. Easy and refreshing, here's how to do your next salsa dish.
5. Watermelon Salad
Photo by Tiare Brown
Move on to lunch, which can easily focus on watermelon. Contrary to popular belief, watermelon is good for more than just fruit salad. Whether paired with feta cheese and faro or mozzarella and balsamic, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this juicy fruit with greens. Find 10 ideas here .
6. Watermelon Gazpacho
Photo by Danielle Cahoon
For everyone against the whole "cold soup" thing, don't knock it until you try it. This recipe is totally worth getting adventurous for.
7. Watermelon Sashimi
Photo by Tess Wei
Watermelon dinner? You can totally do it. While arguably a stretch, watermelon sashimi is definitely a thing — a true testament to this wonder fruit's versatility. Apparently when you bake watermelon, it takes on texture similar to raw fish. Don't believe us? Grab some chopsticks, and read up here .
8. Grilled Watermelon
Photo by Edgar Sandoval
Summer would not be summer without barbecues or watermelon, so why not combine the two? Grill up some watermelon slices alongside those hot dogs to add a summery twist to your hamburger bun, fish taco, or shrimp skewer. More foods to grill here.
9. Watermelon Lime Granita
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For dessert, try out a new kind of shaved ice — watermelon style. Enjoy it in a snow cone, or blend it in with your water to keep you hydrated happy all day long.
10. Watermelon Cake
By Samantha Ho
Smother on the frosting of your choice (coconut cream is a must try), sprinkle with almonds, go crazy with the berry toppings, and voila! The perfect tropical treat. Recipe here.
11. Watermelon Soda Float
Photo by Naib Mian
Sick of rootbeer? Ditch the pop but keep the fizz with this refreshing recipe , a new and improved way to keep summer cool.
12. Watermelon Shot Glasses
Plus Sour Patch Watermelon-infused vodka. Epic. Here’s how.
13. Half a Watermelon (plus a spoon)
Photo by Justin Schuble
Bonus for the really hardcore watermelon fanatic. My personal favorite, the original half slice. Spoon required, sharing optional.
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