15 Watermelon Dishes You’ll Want to Enjoy All Summer Long

Summertime is overflowing with seasonal produce. There are tomatoes, berries, peaches, cucumbers, and so much more. But, by far the most summery fruit out there is the watermelon. And, while it’s great on its own, it’s more fun to celebrate summer with a mixture of straight-up slices, and creative watermelon dishes.

The great thing is, it’s easy to work watermelon into any meal, snack, or drink. You can eat it on a parfait for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and a big old quinoa bowl for dinner, then blend it into a nightcap to finish things off. It’s great as an appetizer on cheese skewers, with prosciutto, or even sliced into “fries.” And, there’s no need to choose just one recipe—most watermelons are so big that you’ll actually need to make more than one thing in order to use it all up.

Today is National Watermelon Day and in honor of the special holiday, we scoured the web for the best, most creative ways to enjoy summer’s best fruit.

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Watermelon jalapeño margaritas

Spice things up while you get the party going with these jalapeño margaritas.

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Watermelon, strawberry, and granola breakfast bowls

If you have overnight guests this summer, these watermelon breakfast bowls are an easy way to impress them with minimal effort.

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Spiced watermelon and halloumi skewers

Forget grilled cheese sandwiches. This summer, go for grilled cheese and watermelon.

Image: Nutrition In the Kitch.

Dairy-free watermelon ice cream

No ice cream maker necessary for this coconut milk-based watermelon ice cream.

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Watermelon ice slices

These creamy watermelon slices are great for a kids party, but adults love ’em too.

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Creamy watermelon-coconut milkshake

Check out the ingredients for this watermelon-coconut milkshake, and you’ll realize that you can totally get away with eating it as a smoothie for breakfast.

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Strawberry and watermelon popsicles

Why buy syrupy grocery store popsicles when it’s so easy to make your own.

Image: Abbey’s Kitchen.

Watermelon fries with coconut-lime dip

No one’s saying you need to quit chips and dip, but next time try putting out a bowl of watermelon fries and dip out alongside them.

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Watermelon cucumber cooler

Try trading in plain old lemonade for a pitcher of this watermelon cucumber cooler. No one will be disappointed.

Image: Lillie Eats and Tells.

Watermelon salad with feta and fresh basil

If you’re a pro at prepping grain bowls, make this watermelon salad bowl your go-to summer lunch.

Image: Edible Perspectives.

Watermelon, strawberry, and basil salad

If you make this watermelon salad for a party, you’re going to want to make enough for lunch leftovers.

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Watermelon caprese skewers

Tomatoes are great, but watermelon caprese might be the new hotness.

Image: Bites of Bri.

Watermelon, feta, and mint skewers

There’s no better last-minute summer appetizer than feta and watermelon skewers.


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Watermelon, strawberry, and cucumber salad

Crisp and refreshing, this watermelon salad will hold up for a picnic.

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Watermelon pizza

No, this watermelon pizza isn’t a substitute for the real thing. Yes, you should make it anyway.

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A version of this article was originally published May 2019. 


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