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 Strawberries and watermelon team up for an amazing slushee. (Photo: Delicious Obsessions)


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 drinks 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.

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 saladPistachios, chopped dates and edible rose petals top this watermelon salad. (Photo: Kimi Harris)


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: This simple soup is 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 FetaMint and feta give a burst of flavor to this watermelon salad. (Photo: The Organic Kitchen)


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.

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.

23 refreshing watermelon recipes for the summer
Watermelon is a summertime essential, and these recipes will keep it varied and delicious!