Besides tasting terrific, watermelon is also low-cal, hydrating 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 foods.
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 finger food.
Watermelon ribs: Our mouths are watering just thinking about this dish, which was made famous at the Loveless Café in Nashville, Tenn. Thankfully, it can be replicated at home.
West egg punch: Party like Gatsby without the diet decadence. This watermelon cocktail contains only 105 calories.
Watermelon, basil and ham skewers: Keep things simple by slipping ingredients on a skewer. This recipe only requires four ingredients.
Watermelon gazpacho: Nothing says summer like cold soup. The light, fresh ingredients in this one will perk you up, not weigh you down.
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? Your new favorite soda.
Watermelon feta stacks: Set out a platter of these sweet and salty apps and they’ll be snatched up in a second.
Sunrise smoothie: Start your day with an immune boost. The mango, banana and watermelon blended into this smoothie pack it with antioxidants.
Grilled swordfish with blueberry-watermelon salsa: Pump up the healing power of watermelon by pairing it with swordfish, a seafood that is stocked with depression-fighting nutrients like vitamin B6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
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.
Watermelon, spinach, and bacon salad: Sweet Asian chili sauce and fresh lime juice make this already flavorful salad a real standout.
Honey-glazed grilled watermelon: Appetizer, dessert or mixed into a salad: Grilled watermelon is surprisingly versatile – and delicious!
Basil watermelon sorbet: Cool off with a bowl of sorbet made with fresh watermelon and spiked with tequila.
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!
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.
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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