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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Nothing says summer like cold soup. The light, fresh ingredients in this one will perk you up, not weigh you down.
Get the Watermelon Gazpacho recipe.
Recipe courtesy of Prevention.
Set out a platter of these sweet and salty apps and they'll be snatched up in a second.
Get the Watermelon Feta Stacks recipe.
Recipe courtesy of the 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook.
Sweet Asian chili sauce and fresh lime juice make this already flavorful salad a real standout.
Get the Watermelon, Spinach, and Bacon Salad recipe.
Appetizer, dessert, or mixed into a salad: Grilled watermelon is surprisingly versatile--and delicious!
Get the Honey-Glazed Grilled Watermelon recipe.
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.
Get the Basil Watermelon Sorbet recipe.
Perfect spread on sandwiches, crackers, or as a cake filling. The jelly takes up to a week to set, so make it early!
Get the Watermelon Jelly recipe.
You probably would have sold a lot more lemonade at your childhood stand if it tasted like this.
Get the Blended Watermelon Lemonade recipe.