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10 unique recipes to make for National Watermelon Day and beyond

August 3, 2021 10:26 a.m. EST

Think you've exhausted all your options for watermelon recipes? Think again. These ten dishes incorporate creative ways to use one of the summer's best fruits, from watermelon bacon to barbecue sauce. Get your blenders, knives, ovens and freezers ready and get excited to celebrate National Watermelon Day today and beyond. After all, this delicious, nutritious, and versatile food deserves recognition in your kitchen all season long. 

Watermelon bacon


Yes, you read that right - watermelon bacon. Don't knock it until you try it! This crispy, fruity vegan snack is an excellent grab-and-go treat for busy summer days. 

Watermelon roasted shallot salad


Made with crisp watermelon, juicy tomatoes, fresh mint, and roasted shallots, this salad is both refreshing and flavourful and features some of summer's best ingredients. 

Watermelon frosé


What's summer without an icy, sweet drink? Pour a bold bottle of rosé in a baking pan, put it in the freezer in the morning, and have the base of an exceptional cocktail by the time happy hour rolls around. 

Watermelon BBQ sauce


Any barbecue sauce connoisseur will tell you that what makes their favourite marinade great is having a perfect balance of sweet, smoky and tangy. This barbecue sauce delivers with traditional ingredients but has a twist with its sweetness coming from watermelon purée. This recipe could be your new favourite topping for all your grilled meats this summer!

Poached shrimp and melon salad


Juicy poached shrimp pairs with a fresh, fruity summer salad for an all-around outstanding summer meal!

Homemade watermelon sorbet


This sorbet is the refreshing treat you crave on a hot summer day. Made with only two ingredients, this recipe will keep you hydrated while satisfying your sweet tooth.

Watermelon punch bowl


No pitcher, no problem! This punch bowl is served out of a watermelon, making it both delicious and visually appealing. Substitute rum for sparkling water for a fun drink that everyone can enjoy. 

Mexican watermelon, mango, and coconut fruit salad


Be transported to paradise with this sweet and spicy tropical fruit salad. 

Greek grilled lamb and watermelon feta salad


This recipe is your guide to the ultimate summer dinner, complete with tender meat, hearty potatoes, creamy cheese, and juicy watermelon!

Summer watermelon mint margarita


Name a more iconic duo than watermelon and mint... we'll wait. Elevate your classic margarita with these fresh summer ingredients. 

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