There are few things more cooling than a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day. But you can think beyond just the simple sliced watermelon with these recipes! This favorite summer fruit can be made into delicious drinks, sweet ice creams and savory salads. This hydrating fruit is even thought to lower blood pressure, so dig in! 

Watermelon Slushie

Photo: Delicious Obsessions

Beverages

Strawberry Watermelon Slushee: Skip the sugar-y slushies with this refreshing "slushee" made with watermelon and strawberries, sweetened with stevia to taste.  

5 Watermelon Cocktails: Try out one of these sweet cocktails over the weekend for a more hydrating and naturally sweet cocktail.  

Agua de sandia: Or try this refreshing watermelon beverage, brightened with lime and sweetened with honey. 

Watermelon Limeade: A quick whirl of watermelon and lime gives you a bright drink to enjoy. 

Watermelon Lemonade: This drink is honey-sweetened and a lovely take on lemonade. 

Anti-inflammatory Watermelon and Pineapple Smoothie: With a lot of anti-inflammatory ingredients, this will help soothe and cool at the same time.

Melon Lime Smoothie: This smoothie features protein powder for extra nutrition. 

Summer Sangria: A perfect beverage to serve a crowd, this flavorful sangria features white wine, watermelon juice, and more. 

Persan Watermelon rose salad

Photo: Kimi Harris 

Sweet

Persian Watermelon Rose Salad: Rose water plays perfectly with the sweet flavor of watermelon. Garnish with chopped dates, edible rose petals, and/or pistachios.

Creamy Watermelon Ice Cream: What a lovely ice cream idea for the summer! It sounds so refreshing and light. 

Two-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet: With just orange juice and watermelon, you can have a lovely and healthy treat.

Chilled Watermelon Strawberry Soup: A simple soup made creamy with coconut milk. 

Watermelon and Mint Slushie: With a little lemon and sweetener, this simple slushie is bursting with mint flavor. 

Watermelon Jello: This very easy recipe uses only two ingredients! 

Watermelon salad with Mint and Feta

Photo: The Organic Kitchen

Savory

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Feta: A simple pairing of watermelon with feta, mint, and white balsamic vinegar gives you a lot of cool flavor, without a lot of kitchen time. 

Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho Soup: The sweetness of watermelon is balanced with the savory flavors of cucumber, herbs, hot peppers, cilantro and more. 

Balsamic Basil Watermelon Antipasto: This elegant take on watermelon is a perfect first course or appetizer to serve at a summer party. 

Greens with Watermelon and Strawberries: Perfect for a summer-y side dish for your next get-together, a light salad featuring juicy fruit is always popular. 

Tomato and Watermelon Salad: This salad uses summer tomatoes as well as watermelon for a savory and sweet mix. 

Grilled Watermelon Salad: A perfect combination of sweet and savory, this grilled watermelon salad features goat cheese, mint, and watercress.  

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Lime: Another simple take on a delicious watermelon salad. 

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