5 Watermelon Recipes to Try Before Summer Ends

posted: 08/30/17
by: Blythe Copeland

Few fruits are more closely associated with summer than watermelon -- and with the warmest part of the year coming to an end, it's time to make the most of this versatile fruit. Go beyond simple slices with these recipes for savory salads, grilled watermelon, creamy desserts, and chocolate-covered triangles.

Grilled Watermelon
The Kitchn

1. Grilled watermelon

Like many fruits -- including peaches, pears, and pineapples -- watermelon can stand up to the heat of the grill better than you may expect: The flames caramelize the melon's natural juices and allow you to pair it with a variety of rubs and toppings. The Kitchn suggests cutting the fruit into wedges and leaving the rind attached, then using a rub with sweet and spicy ingredients (like brown sugar, lime, and cumin).

Watermelon Feta
Jessica in the Kitchen

2. Watermelon Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Sweet watermelon pairs well with a mild, slightly salty cheese like feta, creating a combination you can use as the base for a variety of salads: Try adding blueberries, mint, cilantro, or cucumber. Jessica in the Kitchen made this version by tossing watermelon, feta, basil, and lime juice together, and then topping them with a homemade balsamic reduction.

Coconut Watermelon Sorbet
Simple Sophisticate

3. Watermelon Coconut Sorbet

Take advantage of the last days of hot weather with a recipe for cool, no-church sorbet, like this watermelon-coconut version from Simple Sophisticate. Blend watermelon, coconut milk, and lemon juice until smooth and freeze in a baking dish for about 4 hours; then slice into chunks, puree again in the food processor, and freeze for another 4 hours. Garnish with mint or fresh berries for a light, refreshing dessert.

Watermelon Quinoa

4. Watermelon Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This watermelon quinoa salad from Barre3 works as a light lunch, a fresh side dish, or a potluck crowdpleaser. The key is the homemade dressing, which only requires whisking lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper; pour it over a bowl of quinoa, watermelon, parsely, mint, and red onion for a healthy, easy, one-bowl meal.

Dark Chocolate Watermelon
Domestically Blissful

5. Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Watermelon Slices

Let the summery taste of fresh watermelon take center stage while rich dark chocolate turns the fruit from basic dessert into after-dinner superstar with this recipe for sea salt dark chocolate watermelon slices from Domestically Blissful. Dip watermelon triangles into melted dark chocolate candy wafers and sprinkle with sea salt; when the chocolate hardens, they're ready to eat. (You can make a frozen version too, by storing the sliced watermelon in the freezer before dipping them in the chocolate.)