15 Savory Ways to Eat Watermelon
Whether you eat it in wedges, as a dessert, or in fruit salads, watermelon is often a sweet option at any summertime function. But have you given this versatile fruit a chance in savory dishes too? Recipes like gazpacho, salsa, and even pickles show just how adaptable watermelon is. Give savory watermelon a chance with these 15 recipes.
Watermelon Caprese Appetizer
Watermelon meets a traditional caprese salad on a stick in this fun appetizer. Recipe creator Nicole Cox's family loves the summer appetizer but also says it is: "... great for those who love the flavor of caprese but aren't huge fans of tomatoes."
Malaysian Watermelon Salad
This salad combines pork belly and watermelon to create a flavorful, exotic summer entree option. Shallots, ginger and brown sugar compliment the sweetness of the watermelon rind and fruit.
Shrimp Goat Cheese Watermelon Salad Stack
Watermelon and shrimp pair together in this stacked salad with a bold flavor from sweet basil and tangy balsamic vinegar. Serve it as an appetizer or lighter main course.
Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
Adding watermelon to summer salsas brings a sweet taste and new texture. Recipe creator Dawn Suzie HomeMaker Hardy describes her dish as using "juicy watermelon to replace tomatoes in this salsa that's simultaneously cool and spicy hot — perfect for a summer barbeque."
Spices and watermelon dance in your mouth in this wow-worthy snack. Coriander and cumin dusted on watermelon cubes, along with a hint of lime, are a great pool-side snack on hot days.
When the summer gets too hot, cool down with this chilled soup featuring peppers, onions and cucumbers with a dash of jalapeño. Watermelon replaces traditional tomatoes in this spin on gazpacho.
Pickling and canning summer fruits is a great way to save them for winter. This Watermelon Pickle recipe uses the white part of the watermelon rind to create a sweet and tangy pickles to remind you of summer all year long.
Minced Pork and Watermelon Lettuce Wraps
In these boldly flavored lettuce wraps, pork, hoisin sauce, and crunchy pine nuts match well with the sweetness of watermelon.
Warm Watermelon Salad
Looking for a unique dish to impress at your next barbeque? This unique salad features watermelon with jalapeño and scallions, all served together warm. Recipe creator Domestic Diva likes to "replace parsley with mint for a fresh kick."
Watermelon and Corn Salsa
Top off summer salads and snacks with Watermelon and Corn Salsa for a sweet and tangy addition. Serve this yummy red, white, and yellow salsa in the suggested carved-out watermelon half for extra flair!
Refreshing Watermelon Salad
Set your summer table with this pretty salad as an impressive side dish or appetizer. The tangy feta cheese blends well with the watermelon's sweetness while cilantro adds a hint of earthiness.
Herb Watermelon Feta Salad
This colorful and flavorful salad is meant for poolside summer meals. Adjust the basil and cilantro to match your own family's taste while adding a pop of green.
Spicy Fruit Salad
This recipe spices up a trio of fruits: watermelon, apple, and pineapple. The just-right balance of sweetness and heat makes this a popular potluck and picnic side dish.
Rockin' Baby Back Ribs Sauce
Whether you marinate your barbeque meats in this sauce or drizzle it on your plate, the Rockin' Baby Back Ribs BBQ Sauce brings sweetness, spice, and smoke to your next grill out. Familiar tomato and brown sugar ingredients get a welcome sweet taste from the addition of watermelon.
Watermelon and Bell Pepper Slush
On a hot summer day, reach for this unique slush. You only need four ingredients to create this savory drink: watermelon, bell peppers, ice, and mint.