Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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Watermelon Rind Preserves

This is an old-fashioned recipe and a wonderful way to reduce food waste. Watermelon rind preserves are not like traditional preserves that you buy in a grocery store. They are more like candied watermelon pieces in a cinnamon-spiced syrup. The watermelon pieces can be eaten plain or stirred into cakes and cookies, as you would use candied cherries, pineapple or citrus peel. Spoon the sweet syrup over warm buttered biscuits or stir it into hot or iced tea for sweetness. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

Citrus Cantaloupe Butter

This sweet, chunky cantaloupe butter gets its warm spice flavor from the cinnamon. Orange sections and lime juice give it...


Spicy Thai-Inspired Noodle Watermelon Salad

1 review

Our county is famous for its fabulous Green River melons. While you won’t find this unique and refreshing salad at...


Juicy Watermelon Salad

14 reviews

This fruit salad has such a surprising yet fabulous mix of flavors that friends often ask for the recipe. Combine...


Honey-Melon Salad with Basil

6 reviews

Put the taste of summer in your salad! Loaded with juicy cantaloupe and honeydew, and glazed with a sweet honey...

Fresh Fruit Bowl

6 reviews

The glorious colors of the fruit make this a festive salad. Slightly sweet and chilled, it makes a nice accompaniment...


Chilled Melon Soup

3 reviews

Looking for something to put pizazz in a summer luncheon? Try this pretty, refreshing soup with a kick of cayenne...

Iced Melon Moroccan Mint Tea

1 review

I grow mint on my balcony, and this refreshing beverage is a wonderful way to use it. It combines two...


Watermelon Spritzer

2 reviews

It couldn’t get much easier than this bright spritzer! “Watermelon blended with limeade is cool and refreshing. It’s a wonderful...


Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade

The nutrition department at my local hospital inspired me to create this refreshing summer sipper. I tweaked their recipe slightly...


Watermelon Cups

6 reviews

This lovely appetizer is almost too pretty to eat! Sweet watermelon cubes hold a refreshing topping that showcases cucumber, red...

Fabulous Fruit Salad

This refreshing fruit salad bursts with a delightful citrus flavor. The recipe makes a big batch so it’s perfect for...


Ginger-Glazed Grilled Honeydew

If you've never grilled fruit like this before, you're in for a real treat! I love the idea of cooking...


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Cool and Creamy Watermelon Pie

42 reviews

This simple pie is so refreshing that it never lasts long on warm summer days. Watermelon and a few convenience...


Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

31 reviews

Capturing the fantastic flavors of summer, this refreshing, beautiful watermelon-cucumber salad will be the talk of any picnic or potluck....


Honeydew Granita

Make this refreshing summer treat when melons are ripe and flavorful. I like to garnish each serving with a sprig...

Frozen Watermelon Lemon Cream Tarts

2 reviews

These fruit tarts are so refreshing on a hot summer day! They are extremely healthy and convenient, and just a...