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4 Ways to Enjoy Watermelon This Summer

Aug 15, 2016

Summer is the season of backyard grilling and leisurely picnics. It’s also the perfect time to serve up a summer staple - watermelon! In my house, it’s a given that we’ll always have watermelon on hand. Whether we’re heading to the beach, or just looking for a refreshing side dish with dinner, watermelon seems to always be our choice. This summer, we’ve had fun experimenting with different ways to enjoy this healthy and refreshing fruit. Who knew it was so versatile? Here are four ways we’ve recently used watermelon. Hope it inspires you to get creative and try it in a new way as well.

grilled watermelon

Grilled Watermelon

When you think of eating a slice of watermelon, you probably think of it chilled. We decided to toss a few slices on the grill and were so surprised how delicious it was. We grilled the slices for about one minute, squeezed on a bit of fresh lime juice, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt and then topped with a fresh jalapeno slice. Delicious! Of course, the watermelon would be great just grilled, but these extra ingredients made it feel more interesting and even more flavorful.  

Watermelon Slushies

Watermelon is nearly 90 percent water and makes for a very refreshing summertime sip. Place about three cups of seedless watermelon chunks into a blender with one cup of ice and blend until smooth. Voilà – you have a watermelon slushie! You can even add in lemonade in lieu of the water and make watermelon lemonade.

Watermelon-Skewered Appetizer

One of my favorite ways to serve an appetizer or small bite is on a skewer. You can get really creative and combine interesting flavors together. I recently decided to add watermelon into the mix and was pleasantly surprised by the unique flavor and texture it added. On a small skewer (or toothpick), add one cube of seedless watermelon, one piece of fresh mozzarella cheese and one slice of cucumber. For extra flavor, drizzle the skewers with a little balsamic vinegar.

Watermelon Ice Pop

Who doesn’t love an ice pop on a hot day? Watermelon is the perfect ice pop flavor in the summer. Blend three cups of cubed seedless watermelon with ⅓ of a cup of fresh lime juice and one teaspoon sugar. Once blended, pour into an ice pop mold or individual paper cups. Fill ¾ full and freeze for about 20 minutes. Remove, add a stick to each, and then return to the freezer until they are completely frozen.

What other ways have you used watermelon in a recipe?

Photo courtesy of Tori Tait.

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