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10 Tasty Watermelon Recipes to Try Immediately

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Looking to for a fresh summer recipe? Try out these tasty watermelon options!

Fareway Watermelon Recipes

There aren’t many fruits that scream summer more than watermelon. At Fareway we take pride in providing our customers fresh and local watermelon at an affordable price from right here in America’s heartland! We want to give, a special shout-out to the community of Vernon County Produce in Rich Hill, MO who harvest approximately 85 acres of watermelon and other summertime favorites to ensure Fareway customers receive the country's best watermelon.

Now, can you make it through this post without your mouth watering? Let’s give it a try!

Watermelon Lemonade 

What sounds more refreshing than a nice, cold lemonade during the hot summer months? Toss aside your traditional lemonade mix and try out this fun option! We have a feeling it may be your new favorite summer drink.

Ingredients:

  • cups of cubed, seedless watermelon, chilled
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 3/4 cup of fresh lemon juice, chilled
  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • Ice and mint for serving

Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad 

Grilled watermelon? You bet! Though this flavorful salad is fabulous without using the grill, we highly recommend giving it a try. Just be careful not to grill the watermelon too long or it could become mushy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mini/baby watermelon
  • 4 ounces of feta cheese (cut into cubes)
  • Juice from ½ of a lime
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil
  • Black pepper 
  • Balsamic reduction for drizzling

Watermelon Lime Popsicles 

If you love watermelon AND popsicles, this yummy combo is the summer treat you need to try ASAP. The watermelon and strawberries mixed with the zesty lime packs the flavorful punch we all look for in a good popsicle.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large cups of cubed watermelon
  • 1 large cup of strawberries 
  • Juice from 1 lime

Watermelon Green Tea Refresher 

Are you a tea lover? If so, this refresher is going to be the drink you didn’t know you were looking for! Not only is it easy-to-make, with only three ingredients, but it is healthy as well. We all know how hard it can be in the summer months to avoid those sweet beverages that seem to have an abundance of unnecessary sugar and calories. With this drink, you will have all of the great taste without all of that sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of green tea (brewed and chilled)
  • 4 cups of cubed watermelon
  • ½ tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

Watermelon Salsa 

It doesn’t get much better than fresh and zesty summer salsas. If your tastebuds are craving a new take on the traditional options, this watermelon salsa will not disappoint. Perfect for friends and family get-togethers or just as a scrumptious snack. This summer salsa is guaranteed to be your new favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons of lime zest (1 lime)
  • ¼ cup of fresh lime juice (3 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 mango
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 small red onion
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic salt
  • Tortilla/pita chips for serving

Coconut Watermelon Smoothie

Cool down this summer with this scrumptious coconut watermelon smoothie recipe. Not only will it taste divine on a hot summer day, but it has an abundance of health benefits, as well. And the best part? Kids will love it, too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of chopped watermelon 
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of Silk Almond Coconut Blend
  • 1 tablespoon of stevia
  • 2 cups of ice

Spicy Harissa Shrimp and Watermelon Bites

This recipe is a quirky and delectable way to incorporate watermelon into your summer meal options. The fresh watermelon mixed with the spicy harissa shrimp is exactly what your tastebuds have been craving. What are you waiting for? Give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 12 raw, wild-caught jumbo shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 2 tablespoons of spicy harissa paste
  • 12 bite-sized watermelon cubes

Watermelon Pineapple Summer Salad

Throughout the summer months, there aren’t many foods that say summer quite like watermelon, pineapple and blueberries. If you’re looking for a salad recipe that is not only a breeze to throw together for any event but is great for a quick snack as well, your search is finally over!

Ingredients:

  • ½ medium watermelon sliced
  • 1 pineapple sliced
  • 1 pint of blueberries 

Watermelon Moscow Mule

Today, it seems as though Moscow mules have become the go-to beverage of choice. And after you have this watermelon Moscow mule, you will understand why! The light and fresh taste will have you coming back for more in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part fresh watermelon juice
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 - 2 ounces of ginger beer

Watermelon Jam

Watch out - this watermelon jam recipe is going to make your tastebuds go crazy! Needing only a few ingredients, you will have this jam whipped up in a second. Go ahead - throw your traditional jams out and give this one a go. You won’t regret it!

Ingredients:

  • Pureed, seedless watermelon
  • Sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Pomona's Universal Pectin powder
  • Calcium water 

Watermelon Fun Fact 

Did you know that watermelon is known as mother nature's go-to sports drink? Find out why!

Is Your Mouth Watering Yet? 

Ours is! Head to your local Fareway for not only local, fresh watermelon - but for any additional recipe ingredients you may need! Find the Fareway store nearest you.

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Caitlyn graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Dietetics. She has worked in nutrition at Mid Iowa Community Action and as a clinical dietitian for the Iowa Veterans Home and Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. Her goal is to help you and your family develop and maintain healthy lifestyles by sharing creative and practical nutrition tips.

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