Watermelon Everything - Juicy Summer Recipes 🍉

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Summer is all about simplicity, sunshine and let’s face it, watermelon. Not only does it taste like summer, is easy to prepare (um, do you own a knife?). Watermelons also have a host of health benefits — in fact, The Mayo Clinic even has a section on The Wonders of Watermelon touting all the delicious benefits for your body. Among them, Watermelon is a super hydrator (is 92% water), is a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 and has more lycopene than any other fruit or veg.

Check out our favorite recipes below that are summer-simple and good, clean, raw deliciousness. Stay juicy! 

Watermelons next to limes on counter top

Simple Watermelon + Kiwi Homemade Popsicles

Guilt-free popsicles to eat all summer long!

  • 5 cups watermelon, pureed (about half of one large watermelon)
  • 5 medium kiwi, peeled and sliced

Directions: Place all watermelon in a blender and process until smooth. Place kiwi slice in mold and fill popsicle wells with watermelon juice. Continue layering like that until wells are full. Insert popsicle stick and let freeze until solid.

Chef’s Note: If you like your popsicles a little sweeter, add a dash of Agave Syrup to the watermelon puree before pouring into popsicle mold.

 

Easy Summer Fruit Caprese

A super fresh, go-to side dish to serve with every summer meal, take to BBQ’s and every pool party. The combo of watermelon + strawberries is perfection.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of cubed watermelon
  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of Feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil, torn
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: In a large bowl combine watermelon cubes, strawberries, feta. Drizzle olive oil and optional balsamic. Season with Salt and Pepper, toss gently to coat. Garnish with torn basil pieces.

Chef’s Note: If you like a little more tang, add a splash of Balsamic Vinegar to the olive oil before tossing.

 cubed watermelon seasoned with cheese and lime

Healthy Chili Lime Watermelon Snacking Cubes

Sure, plain watermelon is a great snack, but once you try this combo of cool/fresh/juicy/tangy/spicy all at once, you may never go back.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 lime, zest grated and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Place the cubed watermelon in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the pinch of salt and the chili powder (add a touch more if you’re extra spicy). Toss well. Squeeze on the lime juice and top with the lime zest. Sprinkle Cotija then Cilantro over the top and start snacking.

 

Pure Hydrating Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice is selling for $5 a bottle and is marketed for its incredible hydration. After all, watermelon is 90% Water. Take advantage while it’s in season to amp up your hydration and make your own in about 5 minutes.

Chef’s Notes: For extra zing, add a squeeze of lime.

INGREDIENTS

  • Watermelon without the rind
  • Splash of Lime (optional)

Scoop the watermelon into the blender, blend for about thirty seconds.

Taste your juice straight from the blender. If you like it as is, no need to strain it.

If your watermelon had seeds in it, or you want your juice to be less pulpy, pour it through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Happy hydrating!

 

Adults Only: Drunk Watermelon Margarita Slices

Soaking watermelon wedges in tequila? Yes please. In other words, why drink your margarita when you can eat it?

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Watermelon, cut into triangles
  • 1 cup of Tequila
  • 1/3 cup of Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup of Fresh squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup of Margarita salt for garnish
  • Zest of 1 Lime for garnish

Cut watermelon into slices, place on a large baking sheet. Pour over tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Let soak 1 hour. On a small plate, mix together salt and lime zest. Dip watermelon slices in salt mixture before plating. Enjoy!

Please Eat Responsibly: Make sure you keep these out of reach if you have children.

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