16 New Ways to Eat Watermelon

If you only eat watermelon directly from the rind, you’re missing out. Incorporate the summer fruit into soups, salads, salsas, and more

June 13, 2013
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Refreshing Summer Recipes

If a recent Fitbie Facebook poll is any indication, you guys are big fans of watermelon. Like, huge. Don't worry, it's our favorite summer fruit, too. Besides tasting terrific, watermelon is also low-cal, hydrating (perfect for summer!), and loaded with health-boosting nutrients like cancer-fighting lycopene and the amino acid arginine, which research links to weight loss. Although it tastes great raw, why limit yourself to chunks and slices? Here are 16 creative ways to use watermelon in your favorite summer foods.

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Watermelon “Sushi”

Did you know that baked watermelon takes on the same texture as raw fish? Fling some over balls of sushi rice for a fun take on summer finger food. 

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Watermelon Ribs

Our mouths are watering just thinking about this dish, which was made famous at The Loveless Café in Nashville, TN. Thankfully, it can be replicated at home.

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West Egg Punch

Party like Gatsby without the diet decadence. This watermelon cocktail contains only 105 calories.

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Watermelon, Basil, and Ham Skewers

Keep things simple by slipping ingredients on a skewer. (Related: 9 Cookout-Friendly Recipes) This recipe only requires four ingredients.

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Recipe courtesy of Prevention.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Nothing says summer like cold soup. The light, fresh ingredients in this one will perk you up, not weigh you down.

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Recipe courtesy of Prevention.

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Watermelon Mint Pop with a Kick

What do you get when you combine watermelon, mint leaves, ginger, dried chili flakes, agave nectar, seltzer, and sea salt? (Video: When Should You Buy Organic?) Your new favorite soda.

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Recipe courtesy of Women's Health.

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Watermelon Feta Stacks

Set out a platter of these sweet and salty apps and they'll be snatched up in a second.

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Recipe courtesy of the 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook.

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Sunrise Smoothie

Start your day with an immune boost. The mango, banana, and watermelon blended into this smoothie pack it with antioxidants.

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Recipe courtesy of Prevention.

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Grilled Swordfish with Blueberry-Watermelon Salsa

Pump up the healing power of watermelon by pairing it with swordfish, a seafood that stocked with depression-fighting nutrients like vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

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Watermelon Granita

Originally from Sicily, this semi-frozen dessert is a coarser cousin of sorbet. Lemon juice and anise add a sweet and sour kick to this recipe here.

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Watermelon, Spinach, and Bacon Salad

Sweet Asian chili sauce and fresh lime juice make this already flavorful salad a real standout.

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Honey-Glazed Grilled Watermelon

Appetizer, dessert, or mixed into a salad: Grilled watermelon is surprisingly versatile--and delicious!

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Basil Watermelon Sorbet

Cool off with a bowl of sorbet on a hot summer day. Unless, of course, it's made with fresh watermelon and spiked with tequila.

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Watermelon Jelly

Perfect spread on sandwiches, crackers, or as a cake filling. The jelly takes up to a week to set, so make it early!

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Watermelon Lime Popsicles

Leave those sugary store-bought popsicles in the box. With these homemade ice pops, you control how much (and which) sweetener to add.

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Blended Watermelon Lemonade

You probably would have sold a lot more lemonade at your childhood stand if it tasted like this.

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