The Best Watermelon Recipes to Try This Summer

Watermelon is the perfect summer snack, but there is more to this fruit than meets the eye. It is packed with nutrients and can yield some serious health benefits. Find out more about the nutritional hero of summer: watermelon.

Photo: Greg DuPree

This fun take on pizza makes for super refreshing summer treat.

Ingredients: seedless watermelon, Campari, Greek yogurt, mascarpone cheese, honey, kosher salt, cherries, sliced almonds, mint leaves, orange zest

Calories: 213

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Watermelon 'Poke' Bowl

Greg DuPree

This poke bowl offers all the classic Asian flavors you'd expect, but with bursts of juicy watermelon in place of fish.

Ingredients: edamame, brown rice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, toasted sesame oil, granulated sugar, seedless watermelon, cucumber, carrots, avocado, pickled ginger, sesame seeds

Calories: 438

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Watermelon, Radish & Fennel Salad

Greg DuPree

Pair this bright-tasting salad with any grilled to give your summer barbecue a refreshing twist.

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, whole-grain mustard, honey, shallot, kosher salt, black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, fennel, watermelon radishes, seedless watermelon

Calories: 137

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Watermelon and Scallop Ceviche

Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Mindi Shaprio

This refreshing, low-calorie summer recipe will be your new favorite way to enjoy seafood. If you can't find bay scallops, which are small, buy a pound of sea scallops and cut them into quarters.

Ingredients: Navel oranges, bay scallops, limes, watermelon, fennel, jalapeno, raw honey, kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh mint leaves

Calories: 152

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Watermelon, Cucumber, and Burrata Salad

Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Mindi Shaprio

Watermelon is nearly 92 percent water (hence its name), so it's great for hydrating in hot summer weather. Serve this yummy recipe at a summer get-together—the sweet fruit, slightly-salty burrata, and crunchy cucumbers make an incredibly addictive dish that your guests will love.

Ingredients: Extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, shallot, English cucumber, watermelon cubes, burrata cheese, sliced almonds

Calories: 267

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Sriracha-Lime Grilled Watermelon

Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Mindi Shaprio

No time to hit the grill? You can forgo the grilling and just sprinkle the seasonings on raw watermelon for an equally-delicious dish. This recipe also works well with jicama.

Ingredients: Watermelon, extra-virgin olive oil, sriracha, kosher salt, coconut sugar, lime zest, lime wedges

Calories: 45

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Watermelon, Tequila, and Lime Granita

Victor Prado

Cocktail in a bowl, anyone? This low-calorie watermelon dessert is the perfect (boozy!) treat for a hot summer day.

Ingredients: Cubed watermelon, lime zest, fresh lime juice, blanco tequila, light agave nectar, lime wedges (optional)

Calories: 143

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Chilled Watermelon Soup


Break out of your gazpacho rut with this tasty recipe for chilled watermelon soup. Pair with a side salad or grilled chicken for a cool, refreshing summer meal.

Ingredients: Cucumber, fresh mint, cubed watermelon, sugar, dry white wine, fresh lime juice, salt, Tabasco sauce (optional)

Calories: 240

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Strawberry-Watermelon Floats

Levi Brown

Got a sweet tooth? These strawberry and watermelon floats will satisfy your dessert cravings while also tantalizing the palate, thanks to a hit of cayenne pepper.

Ingredients: Watermelon cubes, chopped strawberries, balsamic vinegar, cayenne pepper, lime or lemon sorbet, chilled club soda or seltzer

Calories: 161

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Watermelon, Feta, and Grilled Shrimp Salad


This summer salad is both refreshing (thanks to juicy watermelon wedges) and satisfying (grilled shrimp packs a serious protein punch).

Ingredients: Large shrimp, olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, olive oil, fresh lime juice, honey, red onion, fresh mint, arugula, seedless watermelon wedges, crumbled feta cheese

Calories: 273

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Sesame-Chile Chicken With Gingered Watermelon Salsa

Randy Mayor

Watermelon may be ideal in cocktails and salads, but this chicken recipe with watermelon-and-pepper salsa elevates the summer fruit to main-dish status.

Ingredients: Low-sodium soy sauce, chili sauce, dark sesame oil, boneless chicken breasts, diced watermelon, diced yellow bell pepper, green onions, fresh cilantro, fresh ginger, mirin, fresh lime juice, salt, cooking spray, cilantro sprigs (optional), lime wedges (optional)

Calories: 247

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Grilled Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad

Watermelon is the celebrity of all summer fruits—not only is it delicious, but it’s super hydrating and packed with vitamins A and C. In short, it’s a cookout must-have. This recipe combines grilled watermelon, mint and feta for a tangy salad that will have your guests coming back for more. Watch the video to learn how to make it.

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Watermelon Slushie

Jennifer Causey

You’ll be the star of the BBQ with this super-hydrating watermelon cocktail. Jalapeño gives it an unexpected kick.

Ingredients: Frozen seedless watermelon cubes, fresh lime juice, honey, jalapeño, silver tequila (optional), mint sprigs and watermelon wedge for garnish

Calories: 126

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Pressed Watermelon with Basil Water


Quench your thirst with a glass of refreshing pressed watermelon juice. This summery drink is unbelievably delicious on its own or paired with grilled dishes.

Ingredients: Red or yellow seedless watermelon chunks, basil leaves, sea salt, white wine vinegar, chilled water

Calories: 46

From Cool Waters by Brian Preston-Campbell

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