Some Fun Watermelon Recipes for Summer

We all think of watermelon on a hot summer day, usually after a barbecue – most likely in the form of a cold slice. Kids love it because it is naturally sweet, juicy and delicious!

July 4th weekend is approaching, so I thought it would be fun to try a few different ways of serving watermelon to change it up a bit and make it more nutritious, colorful and interesting.

This first idea is a variation on the watermelon, basil tomato salad combination that has been popular lately, but with a fun & different presentation.

Tomato, Watermelon, Cucumber & Basil Salad

Ingredients:

  • a few slices of watermelon (cut in 1/1/2″ thick rounds)
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced cucumber (1/8 to 1/4″ thick)
  • 1 cup of sliced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil & fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  • red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 TB. of toasted pine nuts
  • 2 – 3 TB. of olive oil
  • 1 – 2 Tb. of red wine vinegar
  • pesto

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You can make as much or little of this as you like – there are no real set proportions. First slice the watermelon into one or two thick 1″ – 1 1/2″ slices. Next thinly slice up the vegetables and set aside.

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Make a vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, honey and salt & pepper.

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Arrange the fresh sliced vegetables over the watermelon discs.

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Cut into wedges sprinkled with some toasted pine nuts on top, extra basil and mint leaves and crumbled feta. Drizzle the dressing over the top with a few dollops of pesto.

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Enjoy!

The next idea is a fun way to use watermelon as a dessert. You prepare it almost like a pizza topped with yogurt, mixed fruit slices & granola, for a refreshing cold dessert.

Watermelon Pizza Topped with Yogurt, Fresh Fruit & Granola

  • a few slices of watermelon (cut into 1″ – 1 1/2″ thick rounds)
  • about 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of sliced peaches
  • 1/2 cup of sliced plums
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of raspberries (cut in half)
  • 1/2 – 1 banana  (sliced)
  • 1/3 cup of granola
  • honey
  • fresh mint leaves

* Slice a few large watermelon discs about 1″ – 1 1’2″ thick. Slice your fruit into 1/4″ slices. Spread the yogurt over the melon slices leaving a bit of the red watermelon color showing.

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There are no exact proportions for this, just decide how many servings you need and that will determine how many watermelon slices you will need to decorate with fruit slices.

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Arrange the fruit over the yogurt and top with the granola, mint and a drizzle of honey.

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Cut into pie shape wedges. If you like, add a dash of cinnamon to the top.

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Serve chilled – Enjoy!

Have a wonderful July 4th weekend!!

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