When you think of watermelons, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? SUMMER! Watermelons are so exciting to me. They taste delicious, make great photo props, and more. Why not incorporate them a little more into your summer? Think about all of the delicious Watermelon Recipes you can make. YUM! Some actually have bits of watermelon inside, others just look like a watermelon. You can make drinks and all sorts of things! Either way, these tasty watermelon treats are perfect for summer, kids, family events, and make for great treats with your family.
Each summer, I look forward to eating ripe and juicy watermelon as part of my diet, and it’s the perfect refreshing fruit to have on a hot summer’s day. Today I’ve compiled a whole selection of watermelon recipes for you to add to your collection. I’m sure you’ll be surprised by just how versatile watermelon is, as it can be enjoyed throughout the day and incorporated into dozens of different dishes.
1. Summer Watermelon Pops
These one-ingredients ice pops are the perfect cooling treat on a hot day, and they use only watermelon in their recipe. They are quick and easy to make, and you can even make them into fun shapes that kids will love. Creating these summer watermelon pops from Little Bins for Little Hands is a fun interactive activity that you can do with your kids during their summer break.
2. Watermelon Prosciutto Bites
If you’re looking for an appetizer to serve at your next summer party or barbecue, look no further than these watermelon prosciutto bites from Pink Fortitude. They’ll take just minutes to make, and combine watermelon, goat cheese, prosciutto, and cucumber to make a colorful and attractive appetizer.
3. Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad
Watermelon is the ideal addition to any summer salad, and it adds a hint of sweetness to this grilled recipe from Recipe Runner. Paired with salty feta, lime juice, and fresh basil, this is a refreshing salad that will make the perfect light lunch or side on a hot day.
4. Watermelon Rice Krispies
You may be wondering how watermelon ends up in these sweet treats, but thanks to watermelon flavored Oreos, it’s easy to add a hint of watermelon flavor to these crowd-pleasing treats. Mama Miss shares this simple recipe that combines watermelon Oreos, Rice Krispies, mini marshmallows, and butter for an afternoon treat the whole family is sure to enjoy.
5. Watermelon Seed Bar
Upgrade My Food shares this fun snack bar that will be a hit with kids and teens. Using just two ingredients, which are watermelon seeds and sugar, you’ll make a simple snack that’s healthier than some of the store-bought alternatives. It’s a high protein bite-sized snack that is an excellent source of zinc and magnesium.
6. Vegan Watermelon Jellies
Using just four ingredients, you can create these super pretty watermelon jellies from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. Ideal for children, they are a great way to cater for vegans at your kids’ parties. Instead of using gelatin, you’ll add agar, which is a vegan alternative made from seaweed that you can find in health stores.
7. Beautiful Watermelon Cake
If you’d like a healthier alternative to a birthday cake, try making this fun watermelon cake from How Wee Learn. You’ll start by cutting your watermelon into the cake shape, and then you’ll fill it with berries or any other fruit that you enjoy. For the finishing touch and additional color, use toothpicks to add kiwi slices on the outside.
8. Cookie Cutter Food Creations
If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your child to healthy eating, try these cookie-cutter food creations from JDaniel4’s Mom. The watermelon puzzle snack is made using regular cookie cutters, and this is also a great technique to use for special occasions when you are looking to serve fruit in a fancier way.
9. Watermelon Salsa
Gimme Some Oven shows us how to make this wonderful watermelon salsa that is great if you’re looking for a change to your usual tomato-based salsa. Combining seedless watermelon, red onion, cilantro, mint, and jalapeno, you’ll have the perfect summer dip to serve with chips. It’s a great option for a summer Taco Tuesday when you are wanting to enjoy seasonal flavors and a lighter dinner. The best thing about this recipe is that it takes just ten minutes of prep time and it’s ready to serve, so it’s a great option if you are looking for a quick snack as well.
10. Simple Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie
For a refreshing smoothie that will start off your day in style, this recipe mixes together watermelon, strawberries, chia seeds, lime juice, ginger, and maple syrup. So if you’re looking to mix up your smoothie recipes in the summer, add watermelon to your ingredients with this simple strawberry watermelon smoothie from Eat Thrive Glow. This would also be the ideal drink to serve at a summer barbecue or if you are hanging around the pool on a scorching hot day.
11. Frozen Watermelon Lemonade
There’s nothing better in the summer than a glass of frozen lemonade, and this recipe from Sugar, Spice and Family Life will be a treat for the whole family. You’ll simply mix frozen watermelon pieces, water, lemon juice, and sugar together in a blender. After blending, pour everything into a glass, and you’ll be ready to serve. For a grown-up twist, you could even add your favorite spirit to turn this into a summery cocktail.
12. Easy Watermelon Sorbet
After a hearty barbecue, I’m always looking for a light and refreshing dessert to serve. It’s nice to have something sweet to finish off a special meal, but I often don’t want something that’s too heavy. This recipe from Thrifty Jinxy is super easy to create, and you won’t even need an ice cream maker. To puree the watermelon before putting it in the freezer, simply use a blender or food processor.
13. Watermelon Cupcakes
I absolutely love these watermelon cupcakes from Prevention RD which follow the same bold color scheme as the fruit itself. To add the delicious flavor of watermelon, you’ll use watermelon Jell-O powder in both the cake and frosting and watermelon puree in the cake batter. As the recipe uses a white cake mix box, it’s a very quick and easy recipe that will make a great addition to a birthday party spread.
14. Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Pops
This recipe from Southern in Law uses only two ingredients which can be mixed together in an ice cream maker to create frozen yogurt or put into popsicle molds for a fun summer treat. You’ll just need plain yogurt and seedless watermelon, and you’ll be ready to create six yummy and healthy popsicles.
15. Watermelon Jell-O Bowl
If you are looking for a fun and unique dessert for your kid’s birthday party or a family summer gathering, try out this watermelon Jell-O bowl from Fun on a Dime. The watermelon itself will become your serving bowl for the dessert, making it a fun centerpiece for any special occasion.
16. Watermelon Waffles
If you want to wow your kids with a special breakfast or brunch one morning, try these watermelon waffles from The Wilson World. Using a waffle iron, you’ll create these waffles that the whole family will enjoy thanks to the addition of chocolate chips that look like watermelon seeds.
17. Watermelon Parfait
This is one of the prettiest yogurt parfaits I’ve ever seen, thanks to the addition of the fruit flowers on the top. The flower pot serving bowl and the fruit flowers that adorn this dish from Mama Papa Bubba are such a fun way to get kids to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Kids will even love helping with this project, and it’s the perfect way to spend some time together over the summer vacation.
18. Watermelon Cake Balls
Creative Kids shares these incredible cake balls that look exactly like mini watermelons. With a bright green coating and a red and chocolate chip center, these are a fun and colorful bite-size snack that kids will love. Use wax paper when coating the cakes and leave them on the paper until they are fully set for best results.
19. Grilled Watermelon with Lime and Mint
If you’re looking for a healthy accompaniment to enjoy with your barbecue meats or to add a vegetarian and vegan option to your menu, try this dish from The Wimpy Vegetarian. You’ll start by cutting a seedless watermelon into substantial, thick slices before oiling the grill with olive oil. Add lime, salt, and fresh mint onto the watermelon, and you’ll have a new addition to your staple barbecue menu items.
20. Incredible Watermelon Pie
Allrecipes shares this traditional Greek recipe which would make a great dessert to add to a special family dinner. The recipe takes just twenty minutes to prepare and then fifty minutes to cook and will create twelve servings. To give the pie even more flavor, sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on the top before serving. As it uses four cups of fresh watermelon, it’s a lighter option than many other popular pies and will be a unique addition to your next dinner party.
As you can see, watermelon can be used in so many different recipes, and it’s not just reserved for eating in slices during the summer. With so many fun and vibrant ways to serve this summery fruit, it’s the perfect addition to any summer birthday parties or barbecues you will host this year. Make the most of this delicious fruit while it’s in season and easy to purchase in the grocery stores, as I always miss eating watermelon in the winter months.
Those are some awesome looking recipes. I love watermelon.
I love watermelon! I had no idea there were so many ways to use it!
Lisa Fetty says
I actually have watermelon chunks sitting in my fridge…time to get busy LOL