10 Wonderful, Out-of-the-Ordinary Ways to Use Watermelon

For some of us, watermelon day is every day of the year because they are practically available year-round! But when it comes to food holidays, August 3 is the day to officially celebrate the sweet red melon that just makes summertime better. If you are a pro at picking watermelons, you always get a good one. If you aren’t then you want to look for that lovely yellow spot on one side – that comes from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

Once you’ve got your melon home, keep it on the counter. Putting it in the fridge can actually suck all the nutrients out of it. Don’t worry. Watermelons last about three to four weeks once they come off the vine (taking into consideration shipping time, probably a week from when you get it home), so you’ve got some time to consider what to do with it before you carve it. And trust us, the options are endless.

From juice to dessert to one fun playtime activity, here are some wonderful ways to use watermelon.

1. Watermelon Mojito Granita

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Plated Cravings

Add a little white rum to watermelon, sugar and ice for a boozy watermelon slushy that gets the job done on a hot summer day. Get the recipe here.

2. Watermelon Gazpacho

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Elise Bauer for Simply Recipes

Once you make this summer-friendly soup, it will become your go-to for potlucks and parties. Get the recipe here.

3. Watermelon and Citrus Shrimp Ceviche

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A Farm Girl’s Dabbles

Skip the plate and forks and instead dig in, chip first, to this fresh and citrusy ceviche. Get the recipe here.

4. Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon Salsa

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Lyndsay Burginger for Wide Open Eats

If you were a taco fan before, prepare to declare your love. This recipe is delightfully fresh and vibrant. Get the recipe here.

5. Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles

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One Lovely Life

If you find yourself with way too much watermelon, just puree and freeze for the perfect pop treat. Get the recipe here.

6. Grilled Watermelon

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Probably This via FOOD

The consensus is in: This is a side dish you need to try. Not only is it simple, it’s impressive and delicious and perfect for a backyard BBQ. Get the recipe here.

7. Watermelon Rind Candy

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CD Kitchen

The entire watermelon is edible. Not sure you can swallow the rind? Turn in into candy. Get the recipe here.

8. Watermelon Cupcake Cones

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Hoosier Homemade

Turn your watermelon into a cupcake! All it takes is some watermelon jello and cake mix and you’ve got a semi-homemade dessert that your guests will never forget. Get the recipe here.

9. Watermelon Juice

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Just One Cookbook

This juice can be enjoyed on its own or as the base to smoothies and cocktails. Get the recipe here.

10. Watermelon Bathtub

Because, sometimes, you just need to sit in a watermelon.

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