On a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as juicy watermelon. Now you can get creative with this seasonal treat by trying out some simple yet delicious watermelon recipes. Beat the heat while indulging in this refreshing and sweet fruit.

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Fun Watermelon Recipes

When it comes to easy watermelon recipes, this huge list has it all. Find watermelon desserts, appetizers, sweet watermelon treats, and more. Even watermelon salads and a few watermelon cocktail recipes for those who can indulge!

When it’s watermelon season, and they’re ripe for the picking, it’s time to create some of these juicy watermelon recipes!

From easy watermelon smoothies to creative watermelon recipes that you’ve maybe never even thought of before, you’ll find lots of ways to enjoy fresh watermelon below.

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How to tell if a watermelon is ripe?

To make the most of the fresh watermelon, it’s important to find watermelons that are ripe and ready. Here are a few tips that will help you determine whether your watermelon is ready:

Feel its weight – A ripe watermelon should feel heavy for its size, indicating plenty of sweet juice inside. 

Lifting up your chosen fruit also allows you to see ‘the field spot’ (often referred to as ‘the ground spot’ located on one side), which should appear pale or creamy yellow in color when fully ripe.

Listen for a hollow sound – When tapping the outside of the melon, it should sound hollow and or have a loud thump to it.

Why You’ll Love These Recipes

  • They’re refreshing on a hot summer day.
  • It’s the perfect way to enjoy as much in-season fresh watermelon as possible!
  • You’ll never tire of eating this delicious fruit!

Real quickly, before we get to the collection, I wanted to share our very own SUPER YUMMY watermelon mint lemonade (from way back in my archives). A sweet way to cool off.

And now, here’s our collection of easy-to-make watermelon recipes!

None of these recipes are hard. They’re all refreshing, they’re all delicious, and they’re all super fun to make. These watermelon recipes would be delicious for a healthy snack or a fun treat.

These delicious watermelon recipes would also be great for a BBQ, or dinner party, or to simply beat the heat on a hot day.

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Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
The easiest summer salad recipe using simple, real ingredients and easy to put together, light, refreshing, and ready in no time!
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Easy Watermelon Cocktail
A simple and refreshing watermelon cocktail recipe that is perfect for sipping on the deck or patio on a hot summer day!!
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Cannabis Watermelon Shooter Shots
Whether you’re starting your morning off right or planning a fun party, these shooter shots are nutritious, delicious, quick, and easy to make, complete with various cannabis infusion options.
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Watermelon Salad
Once you try a watermelon salad, you may never go back to the old boring salads you had before. Quick, easy, tasty, and only 4 ingredients, makes this perfect for when you don’t want to heat up your house.
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Watermelon Rind Curry
Transform your watermelon rind into a quick, delicious, and one-pot curry! Enjoy alongside rice, naan, or other sides of your choice. Plant-forward, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly recipe!
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Watermelon Beet Salad
Summertime is perfect for enjoying delicious salads made with fresh, in-season produce. This easy to make salad is light, refreshing, and full of flavor.
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Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles
These watermelon strawberry popsicles are healthy, easy to make and delicious. This popsicle recipe is a refreshing treat that tastes like summer!
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Watermelon Lassi
This watermelon lassi is a twist on the traditional sweet lassi. Made with fresh watermelon, cardamom and cumin. Cool, refreshing, and ready in 5 minutes.
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Watermelon Margarita Popsicles
A delicious adults-only way to beat the heat! Boozy popsicles are a fun way to serve your favourite cocktails.
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Tomato Watermelon Salad
Perfect summer salad with heirloom tomatoes and watermelon. A delicious salad to serve guests on a warm evening, also great for potlucks and bbqs.
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Grilled Watermelon Salad
Grilled watermelon salad with feta and blueberries is the perfect summer salad! Easy, affordable and can be served alongside everything.
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Watermelon Pico de Gallo
The sweet watermelon in this pico del gallo (salsa) balances the pungent onions, spicy peppers, and the fresh kick from the lime and cilantro.
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Watermelon Jam
Watermelon jam without added pectin, tastes and looks like summer with its beautiful vibrant pink colour! Fab Food 4 All shares 2 ways that you can make it – with or without white rum!
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Easy Watermelon Skewers With Prosciutto
These colourful watermelon skewers are a quick and easy gluten-free appetizer perfect for BBQs, game day, picnics, outdoor eating and more.
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Arugula Watermelon Salad
Perfect for summer! Arugula, fresh watermelon, feta cheese, and sunflower seeds with a sweet orange vinaigrette.
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Watermelon Mojito Mocktail
This Easy watermelon mojito mocktail is a vibrant summer drink that has a sweet yet subtle melon flavor that pairs well with the mint & lime.
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Tangy and Sweet Watermelon Paloma Cocktail
A mouth-watering cocktail made with watermelon juice, tequila and citrus. Make a pitcher of this tangy and sweet paloma when the weather’s hot, and you want to sip something refreshing.
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Watermelon Boba Popsicles
These watermelon boba popsicles will come to the rescue this summer! You only need 4 ingredients and you likely have most of these ingredients at home already.
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Mexican Watermelon Salad
This watermelon salad with arugula gets a Mexican makeover with crunchy toasted pepitas, salty queso fresco, fresh cilantro and a tangy lime vinaigrette!
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Chile Lime Spicy Watermelon Margarita
A homemade margarita with fresh watermelon and lime are mixed with tequila and chile pepper.
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Summer Sangria with Watermelon and Pineapple
This easy and refreshing summer sangria with watermelon and pineapple is a fun twist on sangria that utilizes fresh summer produce.
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Frozen Watermelon Margarita
Summer’s best drink is this frozen watermelon margarita!! Enjoy a sip by the pool or date night at home.
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Watermelon Popsicles
Easy watermelon popsicles can be prepped in 10 minutes with yogurt, lime, and agave or honey – they’re the best healthy summer treat for kids (or adults)!
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Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers with Balsamic Glaze
These watermelon feta mint skewers are refreshing as is, but the tangy balsamic glaze makes this healthy appetizer absolutely delicious!
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Watermelon and Feta Salad
Our watermelon and feta salad is perfect for the hot summer months. It’s refreshing and light, making it perfect for a summer day or night!
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Watermelon Water (Agua Fresca)
Watermelon agua fresca is a super refreshing and drink made with just 3 ingredients that is absolutely perfect for those hot summer days.
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Watermelon Lime Slush
Comes together in just 10 minutes! It contains fresh watermelon and lime, is sweet, and has a secret ingredient.
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Watermelon Smoothie Bowl
Making these watermelon smoothie bowls is easy and fun. If you want a tasty summer recipe that is fresh and indulgent try this watermelon smoothie bowl today!
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Watermelon Sorbet with Mint
This watermelon sorbet is made with fresh watermelon, lemon juice, and mint, and is churned in an ice cream machine for a light and refreshing summer treat.
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Watermelon Salad with Basil
Filled with crunchy fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, and delicious balsamic dressing.
The natural crunch and sweetness of the ripe watermelon pair perfectly with the added feta cheese and basil or mint leaves.
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Watermelon Pizza
A no-bake easy dessert that’s bursting with fresh summer fruits, mint and lime Greek yogurt! Our watermelon dessert recipe is so much fun for kids, colorful and healthy too!
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Fresh Watermelon Salad with Corn and Mango
Made with fresh summer produce and tossed in fresh lime juice, pair this vibrant watermelon salad with all your grilled summertime favorites like chicken and shrimp.
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Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho Soup
This sweet and savory bowl of healthy and nutritious deliciousness can be on your table in less than 20 minutes.
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Watermelon Sherbet
A sweet, refreshing, and the perfect treat to enjoy on those hot summer days. You will love this easy to make watermelon sherbet.
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Grilled Shrimp Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette
This summery salad with a zingy strawberry lime poppyseed vinaigrette is light, crisp, and refreshing, but totally satisfying. Gluten free and packed with flavor!
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Watermelon Cosmo Punch
Need a refreshing cocktail to help you cool off this summer? Fresh watermelon and lime juice combines with vodka for a tasty drink!
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Salted Dark Chocolate Watermelon Slices
Sweet, cold and crisp watermelon dipped in rich dark chocolate, and topped with salty flakes, this summer dessert is as epic as it is simple to make.
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Iced Watermelon Basil Matcha
Fresh watermelon is pureed with basil leaves then layered with matcha green tea for a refreshing and naturally sweet watermelon basil matcha drink!
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Watermelon Lime Granita
With only three simple ingredients, you can easily make this slushy and refreshing treat, perfect to cool down this summer.
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Easy ’Otai (Polynesian Watermelon Drink)
’Otai, a watermelon drink popular in Polynesia, is a refreshing concoction usually made with coconut milk or cream. This lower-fat almond milk version is just as creamy, and dairy-free, too!
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Low Carb Watermelonade
Low-carb watermelonade is a refreshing watermelon and lemon flavoured drink made with only 3 Ingredients.
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Watermelon Gelato
It’s hard to beat homemade watermelon gelato loaded with favorite summertime flavors that’s as cold and creamy as it is sweet and delicious.
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Glyko Karpouzi (Watermelon Rind Preserve)
Glyko Karpouzi is a fruit preserve made with the rind of the watermelon (karpouzi in Greek pronounced Glee-KHO kar-POU-zee), so whenever you get a thick skinned watermelon, use the rind to make this sweet fruit preserve.
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Tutti Fruity (from watermelon rind)
Tutti fruity recipe is a confectionery candied fruit which is sweet and colourful. We have made it with watermelon rind.
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Greek Watermelon Feta Salad
Greek watermelon feta salad is a refreshing, vegetarian summer salad that has a unique combination of sweet crunchy watermelon with creamy, savory feta cheese, and refreshing mint leaves. A perfect side dish for BBQs.
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Watermelon Syrup
Watermelon syrup is sweet, delicious, and easy to make. It only requires TWO ingredients and makes the perfect addition to your summer drinks.
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Easy Banana Watermelon Smoothie
This banana watermelon smoothie is the MOST refreshing smoothie. Five minutes to make, with only 3 ingredients: watermelon, banana and ice.
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Melon and Mint Salad with Coconut and Pistachios
This melon and mint salad is the one to make when watermelon and cantaloupe are at their peak ripeness. It’s super simple and a portable side for bringing to barbecues. Turn it into a main dish salad by adding avocado and grilled shrimp! 
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With so many wonderful ideas, you will never get bored of these easy watermelon recipes. From salads to smoothies, the ideas are plentiful.

Which recipes do you plan to try?

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Healing Tomato
Healing Tomato
1 year ago

This is such a great list! Now, I have a goal this summer, to make all these watermelon recipes.