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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The entire watermelon is edible. Not sure you can swallow the rind? Turn in into candy. Get the recipe here.
8. Watermelon Cupcake Cones
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
This juice can be enjoyed on its own or as the base to smoothies and cocktails. Get the recipe here.
10. Watermelon Bathtub
If I fits, I sits. #watermelonbaby #100daysofwatermelon . . . #Repost @cannonfarmlife (@get_repost) ・・・ That year he had thought he outgrown being out inside a watermelon for a photo shoot so Daddy grew us some special watermelons to stick him in ?? #100DaysofWatermelon #watermelon #watermelonfarm #photocontest #farmkids #farmkid #ifitsisits #ififitsisits #adorbs
Because, sometimes, you just need to sit in a watermelon.