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Reimagining Watermelon: 7 Ways to Use the Official Fruit of Summer

Written by Adrienne Wolter, Community Blogger | Jun 23, 2014 7:16 AM

Watermelon is a staple summer tradition. It pairs perfectly with a cookout in your backyard, a picnic in the park, at the pool, the dinner table and for a delectable summer snack. Its refreshing sweetness is the best solution to cool off from the scorching summer sun. Without watermelon, it just wouldn't be summer.


Photo by Harsha K R

Sure, we all have our different ways to enjoy this yummy summer fruit. Parents tell little kids not to swallow the seeds, because, as the old myth goes, you will grow a watermelon in your stomach. Personally, my friends and I used to play a game with the black seeds. We'd lick the seeds and stick about three to our foreheads. Why, you ask? No, we weren't crazy; we played a silly game. Each seed on our forehead represented a crush of ours. The last seed to fall off would be our true love. Be it Bobby, Joey or Chris, we'd have so much fun trying to keep seeds on our heads.

No matter what memory comes back to you surrounding this amazing summer fruit, watermelon always brings back a sense of nostalgia. Why not try to put a fun twist on your summer tradition with some new, innovative ways to enjoy your favorite summer treat? Below are 7 ways to make magic and memories with some juicy watermelon.

Creative Condiments

1. Watermelon Rind Relish

Stop throwing your poor, neglected rinds in the trashcan and make good use of this surprisingly delicious relish. Okay, don't all jump to go dumpster diving either. You know that little part between the sweet, fruit and the green outer shell? That's the part of the rind that is edible. While a lot of us neglect it, it can be such a great eat. Ignore anything with green as that was probably waxed and focus on the clear section. This Watermelon Rind Relish is the best way to use the whole fruit. Add a little ginger and dry mustard in the mix, serve with ham or fish and it is delish!

2. Watermelon Jelly


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Yes, there are thousands of possibilities when it comes to jellies, but have you heard of watermelon jelly? What better way to serve up some toast or English muffin in the morning with a smattering of butter and sweet Watermelon Jelly? Not only will this make you crave summer, but it's a light, refreshing treat that won't throw you over the bridge in caloric intake. Stir up your own summer condiments and try this on for size.

Refreshingly Sweet Salads

3. Watermelon, Rosemary and Feta Salad

It seems that last years' craze was strawberries and mandarin oranges in fresh salads. While that still tastes amazing, let's think outside the box even further. It goes without saying that fruit and cheese are a brilliant pair. Mix up some yum with this unique dish. If you're planning to host a swanky, summer shindig, try this Watermelon, Rosemary and Feta Salad recipe. The hints of rosemary pull the whole piece together in a wonderful burst of flavor and presentation. Your friends will love every bite.

4. Shrimp Summer Salad with Watermelon

How about a little shrimp on the barbie? Okay, we're not from Australia, but this Shrimp Summer Salad tastes like something straight from down under. Grab some great kabobs and grill up some shrimp. Toss over watermelon, avocados and, if you're feeling feisty, some jalapeños. This is such a great sweet and savory dish to add a dash of spice and flavor to your party.

Deliciously Delectable Desserts

5. Frozen Watermelon Margarita

Do you want to kick back and relax, you know, put your feet up and enjoy the heat? Cool off with this yummy Frozen Watermelon Margarita. Enjoy a bit of Tequila and lime in your drink for a sweet splash. Or, if you're serving minors, make it a virgin. Either way, this drink will cool you down from the hot, summer heat. Serve your treat at the lake, the beach or even the pool as you're catching some rays. It's so good, it will make you go, "ahhh."


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6. Watermelon Sorbet

Who doesn't like a yummy heaping of a frozen treat in the dead heat of summer? We've got kids running to the ice cream truck, lapping up vanilla and chocolate sweets. How about something much more healthy and natural to satisfy when hunger (or their sweet tooth) strikes? Like any good parent, teacher or lawyer, it's important to be flexible. This refreshingly sweet Watermelon Sorbet is the perfect solution for a possible sugar crash or upset tummy. Serve up as a summer snack on a long, hot day out on an adventure!

7. Paleo Watermelon Cake

Ice cream cakes melt. Actual cake is time consuming and doesn't always appeal to everyone. The whole vanilla/chocolate debate is a struggle and so many people are skipping the dessert, because they are watching their beach body figure. So, why not find a dish that will hopefully please everyone? For a twist in dessert fun, try this Watermelon Cake on for a change. Literally, it is a big chunk of juicy watermelon served with other summer fruits. You can't go wrong for a light, delicious dessert.

You don't have to eat until you burst to get a sweet fix of summer. Since most of us are out in the heat all day or planning our next adventure, we need the right foods to match our mood and our bodies. Avoid heavy, filling dishes that will combine poorly with the heat, and instead embrace watermelon. Experiment with some fun dishes and see how this staple summer fruit can complete any party or outing. Just make sure you don't smash it like Gallagher!

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