5 Ways to Eat Watermelon You Hadn't Considered

An ode to summer’s most versatile fruit.

5 Ways to Eat Watermelon You Hadn't Considered

If there’s one quintessential summer fruit out there, it’s definitely watermelon. Sure, there are the peach/ apricot/ pluot diehards out there who couldn’t didn’t get through that first sentence without desperate cries of, “but it’s stone fruit season!” and I know there are some serious cherry fans that anxiously tick off the days until August, but for most of us, watermelon is it.

A cool, crisp wedge of watermelon on a hot day is about as refreshing as it gets, and it’s not just because it’s so full of water that it can simultaneously sate your appetite and quench your thirst (although it can certainly do that). Watermelon is refreshing to many of your senses: the bright pink and green color scheme remind you that the world doesn’t have to consist of just the bleak shades of black in your wardrobe. The crunch of the icy flesh as you bite into it says, “hey, I know it’s 93 degrees and raining and that shouldn’t be weather that exists, but it’s all going to be alright.”

But maybe you’re tired of the way you’ve been eating watermelon. Sure, you can still enjoy a good piece of raw watermelon, but you need something to spice things up. This list is here to help, showing you just how versatile and exciting the world’s best melon can be.

Grilled Watermelon

5 Ways to Eat Watermelon You Hadn't Considered

Oh yeah, things are starting off crazy: we’re grilling watermelon. Watermelon takes on a really nice, smoky flavor when you stick it on the grill, and when you pair it with a slightly sweet fish (like a scallop, for example) suddenly you’re in heaven.

Recipe here.

Watermelon Fries

5 Ways to Eat Watermelon You Hadn't Considered

There’s a certain school of thought in the cooking world that goes: everything will be better if you deep fry it and cover it in sugar. Watermelon is no exception to this rule. Watermelon fries are essentially battered slices of watermelon that get deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar. They are love, they are life.

Recipe here.

Watermelon Salad With Feta

5 Ways to Eat Watermelon You Hadn't Considered

Watermelon is sweet, so naturally it pairs really nicely with salty cheese like feta. Try this cool, summery variation on a Greek salad by adding watermelon.

Recipe here.

Vodka Watermelon

5 Ways to Eat Watermelon You Hadn't Considered

This one you should make sure to keep away from the kids, but if you invert a vodka bottle into a watermelon and let it chill for about an hour, you have the world’s easiest and most refreshing cocktail.

Recipe here.

Watermelon Glazed Pork Ribs

5 Ways to Eat Watermelon You Hadn't Considered

Because there’s nothing like incorporating watermelon into every possible aspect of your summer BBQ.

Recipe here.

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