9 Easy Watermelon Recipes for National Watermelon Day

Posted: August 3, 2022 4:20 pm

Watermelon is often considered the quintessential fruit of the summer season, and for good reason. Watermelon is 92% water, which makes it a delicious way to increase your daily water intake during those dehydrating summer months.

Watermelon is also low in calories and eating watermelon increases your intake of nutrients like magnesium, and vitamins A and C. In addition, some studies suggest that various nutrients in watermelon can help prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol.

This hydrating and nutritious fruit is celebrated on August 3, which has been dubbed National Watermelon Day. In honor of this day, browse through these simple recipes featuring watermelon. You can use any kind of watermelon for these recipes. You’ll notice as you go through these recipes that watermelon is often paired with mint and lime juice, so you might want to stock up on those ingredients now!

Watermelon Drinks:

Watermelon Smoothie

This thirst-quenching smoothie requires simple ingredients like strawberries, almond milk and lime juice. Blending these ingredients creates a sweet, creamy and refreshing beverage. All you need is a blender and 5 minutes to whip up this drink to make a hot summer afternoon more bearable.

Watermelon Margarita

In an Instagram post, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson dubbed this watermelon margarita the bona fide “drink of the summer.” The recipe calls for Teremana Blanco Tequila, but you can substitute for whichever tequila is your personal favorite. You can find the recipe here on the Eat This, Not That! website.

Watermelon Frosty

For a more kid-friendly summer drink, try Gina Matsoukas’ frosty recipe. This recipe calls for frozen banana, mint, and you guessed it — more lime juice. Gina also mentions adding vodka to this frosty would make an amazing adult beverage. So you could make one for the kids and one for yourself!

Watermelon Salads:

Savory Watermelon Salads

For a fresh summer salad, you can whip up a balsamic watermelon chicken salad that features chicken, blue cheese, watermelon and a rich balsamic vinegar dressing. This recipe is rich in protein with 30.9 grams in one serving to keep you full. It also has a high percentage of your daily vitamin A and iron intake.

Another savory salad option is a watermelon feta salad with cucumbers, red onion, red-wine vinegar and olives. If you’re in a pinch for time, this is a great recipe to quickly prepare and take with you for lunch or a picnic.

Sweet Watermelon Salads

Fruit salad is a classic summertime staple. This melon fruit salad only takes 15 minutes. What makes this a particularly delicious fruit salad is the fact that it has two dressing options. You can make a yogurt dressing to add a bit of creaminess, or you can choose a citrus honey dressing with poppy seeds. The fruits that are listed in the recipe are a good place to start, but you can substitute different fruits to match your preferences.

If you’re a big fan of rice, you’ll likely love this coconut rice and watermelon salad. Ingredients like jasmine rice, coconut cream and basil create a sweet and tangy bowl of fortifying goodness. It’s a great option for a vegan and gluten free side dish.

Watermelon Desserts:

Watermelon Pizza

A sugary watermelon pizza like this one only takes 3 ingredients to make. Using just half a watermelon, white chocolate and pistachios, you can create an unusual summertime treat that appeals to both kids and adults.

Watermelon Cake

This fresh watermelon cake is unbelievably easy to make. That’s mostly because it doesn’t require any actual flour or baking. All you need to do is cut your watermelon in the shape of a cake, and after that you cover it with a mixture of whipping cream, sugar and vanilla. Easy-peasy, beautiful and delicious!

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