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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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These fast-to-fix smoothies have become a summertime tradition for my sons. There's nothing quite as refreshing as these chilly drinks to beat the heat! —Jamie Cockerel, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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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

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

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

I threw this together after an overzealous trip to the farmers 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
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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 Spinach Salad

Watermelon Spinach Salad

Watermelon Spinach Salad

Dark green spinach leaves provide a rich backdrop for brilliant raspberries, cubed watermelon and sliced almonds in this eye-appealing salad. The light vinaigrette is the perfect way to dress up summer's finest produce.

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.

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."

Watermelon Grape Salad

Watermelon Grape Salad

Watermelon Grape Salad

"This salad is easy to make and it also tastes great," says Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "Serve it with a scoop of lemon sherbet for a refreshing dessert."

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

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

Summer Buzz Fruit Salad

Summer Buzz Fruit Salad

Summer Buzz Fruit Salad

For picnics, cookouts and showers, we make a sweet salad of watermelon, cherries, blueberries and microgreens. No matter where I take it, it always delivers on wow factor. —Kaliska Russell, Talkeetna, Alaska

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 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

Watermelon Margaritas

Watermelon Margaritas

Watermelon Margaritas

Summer’s best flavors get frosty in the party-sized cocktail we serve at all of our backyard shindigs. We mix sun-ripened watermelon and our favorite tequila with just the right amount of ice for a thick and boozy sipper that pairs perfectly with grilled fare. —Alicia Cummings, Marshalltown, Iowa
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