Simple Watermelon Recipes

Nothing says summer like a watermelon sliced up into big pieces shaped like smiles and ready to be eaten out on the patio where drips are welcome. Is there any better feeling than cutting into a watermelon that is at its peak ripeness? When you go to choose a watermelon, you want to make sure it has a uniform shape and a dull appearance (as opposed to a super shiny rind). Look for a yellow patch on the watermelon, which is where it rested as it ripened on the ground, and avoid watermelons with a white spot or no spots at all.

A slice of this summertime treat can be used in so many ways, from appetizers to desserts. Experiment with the subtly sweet fruit by pairing it with a salty cheese, like feta, or adding it on top of your favorite grilled meat. Click on each photo to see the recipes for these dishes that use watermelon in unexpected ways…

Watermelon Cups with Feta and Cucumber

Watermelon Salsa with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Jalapenos

Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad with a Verbana Infused Vinaigrette

Sesame-Chile Chicken with Gingered Watermelon Salsa

Fresh Mint and Watermelon Float

Is your mouth watering yet?

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