I’ve found the cure to beat the summer heat! It’s Grape and Watermelon Freezer Pops opens in a new tab. For ultimate summer cooling, I suggest one after meals or as a snack. Repeat as needed.
Each summer I give thanks for watermelon. It’s a summertime gift from nature, delicious on its own or in beverages, soups, salads, salsas, mains, desserts and even condiments such as Pickled Watermelon Rind with Radishes opens in a new tab.
This summer, make watermelon a priority for your picnics, poolside parties and outdoor barbeques. Here are some crowd and kid-pleasing ideas and recipes:
Make a watermelon smoothie with spearmint and honey.
Purée watermelon with grape or pomegranate juice; freeze into ice cubes for juices and other beverages.
The sweet, juicy flavor of watermelon is a perfect complement to the saltiness of cheese. The two are even better when combined in salads. Ideas include Watermelon and Arugula Salad opens in a new tab, Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint opens in a new tab, Watermelon Salad with Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Basil opens in a new tab and Watermelon and Strawberry Salad with Chile Vinaigrette opens in a new tab.
Make Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho opens in a new tab or watermelon soup by puréeing with honey and lime juice. Garnish with sour cream or Greek yogurt and blueberries or blackberries.
Make watermelon salsa with plums or peaches, tomatoes, cilantro and lemon or lime juice. Serve with grilled meats, tofu or tempeh. Try Halibut with Watermelon Salsa opens in a new tab or Black Bean, Corn and Watermelon Salsa opens in a new tab.
Add cubed watermelon to yogurt or cottage cheese.
Eat watermelon with shrimp or crab salad. Shrimp, Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad opens in a new tab is simple to make and perfect for grilling.
Dip sticks of watermelon into cream cheese dip.
Serve watermelon for dessert on its own or in a fruit salad. Or, cube and serve with ice cream, frozen yogurt or non-dairy dessert.
Do you have a favorite way you like to eat watermelon? Let me know.