3 Healthy (and Delicious) Watermelon Recipes to Try This Summer

Marisa Petrarca June 22, 2017

We can all agree that there are few fruits that rival watermelon in terms of being summer’s favorite. Ever since childhood, it’s been our go-to snack on scorching hot pool days, countless beach trips and at family bar-b-ques. Fresh-cut watermelon slices undoubtedly hold a special place in our hearts, but there are other creative ways to prepare the fruit worth trying this summer. We’ve rounded-up three healthy and easy-to-make watermelon recipes that we’re sure you’ll fall in love with.

 

Photo Credit: Dashing Dish

Five-Minute Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet

Cool off this summer with Dashing Dish’s 5-minute, sugar-free sorbet recipe. Not only is it the perfect healthy alternative to ice cream, but it’s also completely Instagrammable. Store in your freezer and enjoy for up to one month (as if it will last that long).

Ingredients:

½ cup Cold Water

5 cups Seedless Watermelon, cut into chunks, then frozen

1 ¼ cup Frozen Strawberries

¾ cup sweetener that measures like sugar (or sweetener to taste)

2 tbs. Lemon juice (or according to taste)

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. This may take a few times of scraping down the sides of the blender and possibly a few extra tbs. of water.
  2. Enjoy sorbet immediately or place in a container and freeze until you are ready to enjoy. Remove from the freezer and let soften for about five minutes before eating.

 

Photo Credit: Skinny Taste

 

Watermelon, Feta and Balsamic “Pizza”

For a fresher version of a summer pizza pie, use watermelon as your crust. This healthy, poolside treat by Skinny Taste is guaranteed to be a huge hit at your next BBQ.

Ingredients:

1 watermelon slice, cut 1-inch thick from center of the widest part

1 oz crumbled Feta cheese

5-6 Kalamata olives, sliced

1 tsp mint leaves

½ tbsp balsamic glaze

Directions:

  1. Slice the widest part of a round watermelon in half. Lay the flat side down on a cutting board and cut a 1-inch thick slice from each half. Cut each half into 4 wedges.
  2. Place them on a round dish like a pizza and top with cheese, balsamic glaze and mint leaves.

 

Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman

 

Fresh Watermelon Salsa

Lets face it: salsa is highly addictive, especially when it’s placed in front of us next to a bowl of tortilla chips in the most taunting fashion. This recipe by The Pioneer Woman will change your relationship with salsa. Binge responsibly.

Ingredients:

½ whole small seedless watermelon, diced

½ whole red onion, diced

1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 whole green bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 whole yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

2 whole Jalapenos, seeded and finely diced

1 whole bunch cilantro, chopped

2 whole juice of 1 to 2 limes

½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Throw all ingredients into a large bowl and toss it together.
  2. Taste with a chip and adjust ingredients as needed.
  3. Serve with chips or on top of grilled chicken or fish…or even as a side salad.

Which one do you think you’ll try this summer?

Marisa Petrarca

Marisa is a freelance writer from Rhode Island and a lover of all things beauty, wellness, style, and pizza. Her work has been seen on Domino.com, StyleCaster, JeannineMorris.com, Guest of a Guest and Providence Monthly Online. She currently lives in Brooklyn (even though she can just barely navigate it) and enjoys the chaos that is New York City. Food, humor, social media and coffee are very, very important to her. 

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