Like peach salsa and mango salsa, watermelon adds a sweet component to a spicy condiment. Get a recipe for watermelon salsa. Photo courtesy Watermelon.org.
Updated July 2021
Watermelon Recipe Treasures
Page 4: Watermelon Information & Tips
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Watermelon can be eaten fresh-sliced, grilled or diced; added to salads; or served with cheese. It can be served as a fruit soup or as part of a gazpacho. It can be made into jams, jellies and pickles. For dessert, watermelon sorbet, granita, ice cream and frozen yogurt are special treats. Watermelon juice is delicious drunk straight or in combination with other fruit juices and/or spirits.
Watermelon Recipes: Overview
The first cookbook published in the United States, in 1776, contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles—the first watermelon recipe on record.
We have pickled watermelon rind recipe for you, plus others. But first, how can you freestyle without a recipe?
- Fruit Salads. A melon ball salad with watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew is a favorite summer dessert. Garnish with a chiffonade of mint or basil. Use your carving skills to turn the shell into a serving bowl.
- Savory Salads. Watermelon is delicious in salads, especially when paired with blue cheese, feta or other tangy cheese. Add baby greens—arugula provides a peppery counterpoint.
It’s easy to turn a watermelon into a pig serving bowl. Carefully remove the top as shown above, reserving pieces for the feet and snout. Scoop out the watermelon balls. Decorate with buttons, plastic ears and a pipe cleaner tail. Photo courtesy Watermelon.org.
- Beverages: Cocktails, punch (the watermelon shell can be carved to hold the punch), smoothies and straight watermelon juice.
- Garnishes: Just about any foods, from eggs and pancakes to sandwiches, meats, poultry and seafood, taste good with a small slice of watermelon or a melon skewer.
- Desserts: Watermelon sorbet, granita and a watermelon “napoleon”: cut slices of watermelon into squares and make a three-decker napoleon, filling the layers with whipped cream and berries.
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