In honor of National Watermelon Day, we’re getting our favorite fruit out of the fridge and onto the counter. While you may love yours whole and fresh (who doesn’t), there’s actually a ton you can do with watermelon! This ultimate guide will give you ideas for just about any dish from appetizer to dessert and beyond.
Appetizer: Watermelon Slices With Lime, Mint, and Honey
Watermelon slices are our absolute favorite pre-meal eats for a summer afternoon, but it can get boring after a few bites. Mix it up with a few extra ingredients to make it more of a wow factor.
- Watermelon, sliced in thick pieces
- ¼ cup of honey
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- Handful of finely chopped mint
- Mix honey and lime in small pot and heat on medium-high for 1-3 minutes.
- Allow honey and lime to cool and then generously spread on watermelon slices. Top with mint for an extra kick.
Salad: Watermelon Salad With Feta and Almonds
When we think of a summer salad, we usually think of raspberries or strawberries, but watermelon is becoming a new favorite salad topping! We love how you can personalize this dish to make it your own.
- Leafy greens
- Mint leafs
- Tomatoes, preferably cherry or heirloom
- Watermelon in cubes or small bites
- Feta cheese
- Slivered almonds
- Raspberry vinaigrette dressing
- It’s as easy as taking all the ingredients and tossing together! Play around with dressings, nuts, and toppings.
Entrees: Watermelon and Shrimp Lettuce Wrap
We know it sounds weird to have watermelon in the main course, but it’s an added flavor that totally changes up a meal from bland to amazing! Plus, watermelon goes with a lot of meats and seafood, including pork and shrimp.
- Shrimp, tail off
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Romaine lettuce pieces
- Watermelon cut in chunks
- Feta cheese
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a small pan, heat oil for 1-2 minutes on medium-low. In a dish, cover shrimp with garlic powder. Add shrimp and cook about 2 minutes on each side.
- Remove shrimp and allow to cool slightly.
- Spread lettuce and add shrimp, watermelon, and feta cheese. Sprinkle with vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Roll the lettuce up and serve as a wrap.
Desserts: Watermelon Popsicle
Sure, we get that you’re an adult with sophisticated tastes when it comes to your food choices. However, we can guarantee that you’ll go NUTS when you take a bite of a classic watermelon popsicle. It’s a flashback on childhood you won’t want to miss.
- Chopped watermelon (roughly 3-5 cups’ worth)
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- Dash of salt
- In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until watermelon is liquid and sugar is fully dissolved. If needed, add more lime juice to taste.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds and add popsicle sticks. Freeze and serve.
**Don’t have popsicle molds? No problem! By using ice cube trays, you can make watermelon ice cubes that are perfect to toss into your favorite juices, lemonades, and other summer drink mixes. Or you can stick toothpicks in them for mini-popsicles that make a great, guilt-free, refreshing treat!
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