11 Unexpected Watermelon Recipes for the Most Refreshing Summer

Look, we’re all for eating watermelons by the slice. It’s how we fell in love with them in the first place — juices dripping down our chins, fingers sticky with that sugary goodness. But this summer, let’s do even better. You already went through the trouble of hauling home a ten-pound fruit the size of a baby seal; now, let’s use it up every way we can.

We’ll start out sweet, with a bright cocktail to kick off the season — and then, we’ll go rogue. We’ll turn our watermelon into salad and let it mingle with herbs and feta cheese. And finally, we’ll finish it off where all things end up in summer: on the grill. Cut yourself a big slice — and then, let watermelon show you what it can really do.

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by Lisa Siva

Salted Watermelon Margarita

Nothing says summertime more than a margarita — except maybe a margarita with watermelon. Heather Christo gives everyone’s favorite warm-weather drink a bright, refreshing twist.

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Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon, feta, and balsamic vinegar are the trinity of summer salads. Pass the Sushi shares the essential recipe you’ll be making all season long.

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Tequila-Soaked Salsa

You already mixed watermelon into your tequila…so let’s do it the other way around. Half Baked Harvest whips up a perfectly spicy salsa, with just enough sweetness to tame the heat.

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Rare Beef and Zucchini Noodle Salad

Watermelon and beef? Yes, it’s a thing — and it’s tastier than you think. Thin slices of fruit keep this summer dish light and refreshing over at Tucker.

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Rum Punch

If you’re looking for a drink with a bit more bite, Jelly Toast’s rum punch is your cocktail.

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Watermelon, Feta & Basil Quinoa

Yes, you can put watermelon in quinoa. And since we already love it with feta, How Sweet Eats throws in a handful of cheesy goodness, too.

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Watermelon and Burrata Salad

Can you tell we’re on a salad kick? While feta is traditional, burrata turns out to be an airy, equally delicious counterpoint to crisp watermelon. Thanks, I Am a Food Blog!

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Lemonade Slushies

Watermelononade is probably the greatest thing ever invented. And when it’s frozen and slurpable? It’s pure summer in a glass. Half Baked Harvest has the recipe.

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Spicy Watermelon and Avocado Salad

This is the last salad — we promise! But paired with creamy avocado and jalapeno, Love and Lemons’ recipe might leave you begging for more.

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You know we couldn’t leave you without a gazpacho, right? Here’s another way to drink your watermelon, no cocktail needed. Thanks, Green Kitchen Stories!

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Grilled Watermelon

We won’t blame you if you keep coming back to watermelon by the slice. But this summer, try something new and throw it on the grill. How Sweet Eats shows us how to make the most of our melons.

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