No Fourth of July celebration is complete without a juicy slice of watermelon. If you really want to wow your guests, show them watermelon like they’ve never seen it before. On bread, on the BBQ, in a sauce, in a glass — here are 12 creative ways to serve everyone’s favorite melon this summer.
1. Watermelon Caprese
Source: Skinny Taste
For a twist on a summertime favorite, swap tomatoes for watermelon and make a refreshing caprese. Star-shaped cookie cutters add a Fourth of July touch.
2. Watermelon Bruschetta
Source: Host the Toast
Here’s another recipe where watermelon replaces tomato. The key is slathering your bread with creamy feta, which pairs perfectly with watermelon.
3. Watermelon Pico de Gallo
Source: The Pioneer Woman Cooks
This recipe has all of your favorite salsa ingredients like red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro but with the added contrast of sweet watermelon. It tastes great on its own, with chips, or on top of grilled chicken.
4. Watermelon “Jerky”
Source: Dash of Butter
Call it jerky. Call it fruit leather. All it takes is one ingredient, watermelon, and a dehydrator. No dehydrator? You can get a similar result turning your oven on low and cooking slow.
5. Spicy Watermelon BBQ Sauce
Source: The Fit Fork
This recipe is a little more complex than the rest, but totally worth it. Here it’s served with brisket tacos but it would be great with pulled pork or BBQ chicken.
6. Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon
Source: The Stay at Home Chef
You wouldn’t think that watermelon lends itself to the grill, but it really is the perfect pairing. Plus, those grill marks make for stunning presentation.
7. Banana Cheesecake Watermelon Pizza
Source: The Cookie Rookie
The beauty of pizza is there are a million combinations you can try. This one involves a cream cheese mixture, bananas, pecans, and white chocolate chips.
8. Candied Watermelon Rind
Source: CD Kitchen
If pickled watermelon has never sounded like your cup of tea, then try these candied rinds. A few basic ingredients and you’ve got your own summertime gumdrops.
9. Chocolate-Dipped Watermelon
Strawberries aren’t the only fruit you can dip in chocolate. Add a pinch of sea salt for an extra pop of flavor.
10. 5-Minute Watermelon Sorbet
Source: Oh, The Things We’ll Make!
Frozen watermelon, lime juice, and a food processor are all you need to cool off with this watermelon sorbet recipe.
11. Watermelon Mojito
Source: Call Me PMC
Here’s a refreshing summer drink (with or without the rum). Garnish your glass with mint and a slice of watermelon.
12. Watermelon on a Stick
Source: Somewhat Simple
If you’re thinking, “Why mess with a good thing?” then here’s one for you watermelon purists. Cut a slit in the watermelon rind and add a Popsicle stick for easy eating without sticky hands.