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9 Ways to Make Watermelon Your Summertime Jam

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‘Tis the season of tank tops and flip-flops, BBQs and lawn games and of course—heat and humidity that just won’t quit.


But you’re ready… with watermelon! What better way to beat the heat than to partake of this refreshing, thirst-quenching and naturally delicious fruit? 

Not only does watermelon boast plenty of vitamins and nutrients, it’s comprised of over 90% water (hence the name). How’s that for hydration? Plus, it’s plenty versatile. Check out these great recipes that will ensure you make the most of your melons.


1. Watermelon, Mango and Jicama Salad

Watermelon, Mango and Jicama Salad

Bright, light and deliciously juicy, this salad has just the right amount of color and crunch to please any palate.


2. Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca

There are so many good things going on in this recipe. We’re taking fresh basil, fresh watermelon and lemon juices combined perfectly with sweet honey and rum or vodka. All those things are awesome together, and it’s super-easy to make!


3. Yogurt-Frosted Watermelon Cake with Fresh Berries

Yogurt-Frosted Watermelon Cake with Fresh Berries

Looking for a fantastic and fanciful fruit-based dessert that has all the trappings of a baked goodie, but with fewer calories? Look no further than this “cake” recipe.


4. Mini Watermelon and Pineapple Kabobs

Mini-Watermelon and Pineapple Kabobs

You won’t look like a part-time model when indulging your sweet tooth with this fruitful skewer. Super-easy to make and just the right size to tempt those taste buds!


5. Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

When party guests only bring you bags of chips, don’t get sad—make salsa! You can use this recipe to create the sweetest and spiciest of chip adornments.


6. Watermelon Feta Caprese Bites

Watermelon Feta Caprese Bites

Simple, succulent and oh-so pretty! Savory feta, fresh basil and sweet watermelon meld their powers together for a delicious bite-sized nibble that will knock off all the socks.


7. Watermelon Fontina Melts

Watermelon Fontina Melts

Just pluck a few leaves of sage and thyme from your herb garden (or grocery store shelf), grab some fontina cheese, and chop your watermelon into wedge shapes. Voila! That’s practically all there is to it!


8. Watermelon Basil Martini Jelly Shots

Watermelon Basil Martini Jelly Shots

You know, I actually think you’re ready for these jellies. Sweet watermelon basil juice does a sultry tango with gin (or vodka) and a splish-splash of rosewater to create a fun, fruity and flirty jelly martini shot.


9. How to Make a Watermelon into a Keg

How to Make a Watermelon into a Keg

This is a life skill you need. Come the apocalypse, everyone is going to be all: “Well heck ,what do I put my boozy punch in?” On that day you shall be like an emperor penguin standing amidst smaller and less impressive penguins; armed with the knowledge of how to transform the humble watermelon into a boozy punch dispenser.

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