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Watermelon Recipes

Refreshing watermelon can be enjoyed by the whole family with these watermelon recipes, including ideas for desserts, drinks, salads, salsa, gazpacho, slushies, melon balls and more.

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Ripe for a refreshing treat? Try Patty Howse's fruit drink—it'll quench everyone's thirst sweetly. "We like to relax on the back porch after a long hot day with glasses of my slush," she writes from her Great falls, Montana kitchen.
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Watermelon Race Car

Watermelon Race Car

Watermelon Race Car

I made this cute melon bowl treat for my son's 3rd birthday. Our theme was the movie, Cars. —Camile Hixon Galena, Ohio

Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Almonds add a nice crunch to this pretty salad that's always a hit when I sere it. It's refreshing and goes with just about anything. The sweet-tart dressing can be used with any combination of fruits. -Edie DeSpain Logan, Utah

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

From Kansas City Missouri, Pat Bremson relates, "This salsa is so good, I could just eat it with a spoon! It's wonderful over fish or chicken."
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Mint Watermelon Salad

Mint Watermelon Salad

Mint Watermelon Salad

I invented this refreshing fruit salad one sultry afternoon while my friends were gathered around my pool. It was quick and easy to prepare and disappeared from their plates even quicker. Even the kids loved it! —Antoinette DuBeck, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Tomato-Melon Chicken Salad

Tomato-Melon Chicken Salad

Tomato-Melon Chicken Salad

Nothing says summer like picking watermelon, tomatoes and raspberries, then tossing them together in a salad. The addition of grilled chicken makes it a satisfying yet still summery meal. —Betsy Hite, Wilton, California

Watermelon Ice

Watermelon Ice

Watermelon Ice

"This sweet frosty snack is so refreshing on hot summer days," writes Darlene Brenden from Salem, Oregon. Store it in the freezer, so it's a snap to scoop and serve in snow cone cups.

Watermelon-Strawberry Cooler

Watermelon-Strawberry Cooler

Watermelon-Strawberry Cooler

My family gulps this frosty cooler because we love, love, love watermelon. The strawberries give it an extra pop. This is a perfect drink for Texas heat. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Watermelon Herb Salsa

Watermelon Herb Salsa

Watermelon Herb Salsa

A burst of fresh flavor comes your way in this unique summer salsa sparked with cilantro, basil and mint. It's delicious served over chicken. —Ann Chan, Augusta, Georgia. Romance to serve this over chicken.

Chilly Melon Cups

Chilly Melon Cups

Chilly Melon Cups

"This cool treat is stored in the freezer so it's always handy," says field editor Katie Koziolek of Hartland, Minnesota." It's a great way to use what's left from a fruit platter or melon boat."

Watermelon Ambrosia

Watermelon Ambrosia

Watermelon Ambrosia

Colorful watermelon, pineapple, fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries and more are combined in this eye-catching fruit salad that's sure to take center stage at your next summer buffet! —Sandy leversee, Apache Junction, Arizona



Cucumber Melon Salad

Cucumber Melon Salad

Cucumber Melon Salad

This colorful salad is tangy and delicious. The unexpected combination is such a pleasant surprise. You can use whatever type of melon you have on hand.

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

I threw this together after an overzealous trip to the farmer's market! My family loved it from the first bite You can serve it right away but the best flavor is achieved after letting the salsa rest in the refrigerator for a few hours. —Andrea Heyart, Aubrey, Texas

Minted Melon Salad

Minted Melon Salad

Minted Melon Salad

People can't resist digging into a salad made with colorful summer fruits. The unique dressing is what makes this salad a crowd-pleaser. I get compliments whenever I serve it, especially when I put it on the table in a melon boat. It's a warm-weather treat. -Terry Saylor, Vermillion, South Dakota

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

“This is a delightfully simple, elegant dish. Serve as a side or with pita and hummus for a meal. It’s so refreshing-guests will love it!” Nicole Deelah - Nashville, Tennessee
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