11 Fresh Watermelon Recipes For Your Next Summer Cookout

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Watermelon bowl filled with punch

Backyard BBQs just got a fresh upgrade.

If you ask me, watermelon should be the official fruit of summer. 🍉 It’s tasty, it’s refreshing, and it’s a surprisingly versatile fruit. If you’re tired of serving the same old melon slices at your al fresco parties and cookouts, try out these fresh recipe takes on the summery staple.

Here are 11 fresh watermelon recipes we’re lovin’…

1. Watermelon Agua Fresca

watermelon agua frescaPhoto from Dinner At The Zoo

Sit back and relax with a cold glass of this refreshing watermelon aqua fresca that makes every moment feel like you’re in the tropics. Get the recipe from Dinner At The Zoo.

2. Watermelon Sorbet

watermelon sorbet in glassPhoto from Recipe Girl

Move over, ice cream – this fresh and fruity sorbet is about to give you a run for your money. Get the recipe from Recipe Girl.

3. Chili Lime Watermelon Fries

lime chile watermelon fries dipped into yogurt

Yes, you read that right. Watermelon fries. Take your melon game to a whole new level with a sprinkle of citrus spiced seasoning and a cool creamy dipping sauce. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

4. Watermelon Fruit Leather

rolls of watermelon fruit leathersPhoto from Domestically Blissful

This summertime treat is perfect for snacking and only requires 2 ingredients. Get the recipe from Domestically Blissful.

5. Watermelon Frosé

glass of frozen rose frose from yummy mummy kitchenPhoto from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

As if rosé could get any better, this adult cocktail blends it with frozen watermelon cubes. This has poolside drink written all over it! Get the recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchen.

6. Watermelon Feta Salad

watermelon feta salad closeup

Bye potatoes! Bye macaroni! It’s time for watermelon to shine in this summer side salad. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

7. Watermelon Brie Bites

watermelon brie bites on trayPhoto from My Suburban Kitchen

What an easy appetizer that looks so fancy! It’s part sweet, part savory, and all parts delicious. Get the recipe from My Suburban Kitchen.

8. Mango, Watermelon, and Corn Salad

mango watermelon corn saladPhoto from The Forked Spoon

This salad is all things summer combined into a single dish – and it comes together in a cinch! Get the recipe from The Forked Spoon.

9. Watermelon Punch

watermelon punch being ladled out of a watermelon bowl

Impress your guests with this gorgeous, fresh punch bowl and punch recipe! This party-ready drink can also be served with rum or white wine for an adults-only kick. Get the recipe here on Hip2Save.

10. Watermelon Pizza

watermelon pizzaPhoto from Weelicious

Watermelon pizza? You better believe it! Each slice is fruit-filled making your second helping feel a lot less guilty. Get this recipe from Weelicious.

11. Watermelon Cake

watermelon cake from creative green livingPhoto from Creative Green Living

Have your cake and eat it, too! This gorgeous dessert looks incredibly decadent, and it’s gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Get this recipe from Creative Green Living.

Bonus: Frozen Watermelon on a Stick

graduation party tips - freeze watermelon slices as popsicles

This isn’t technically a recipe, but it’s a fun frozen treat! Just insert a stick into a slice of melon, pop it in the freezer, and get your snack on. Get more details here on Hip2Save.

Another Bonus: Try this watermelon cutting hack!

grid cutting watermelon trickPhoto from Best Recipe Box

This simple trick from Best Recipe Box shows how to cut half of a watermelon into a grid for easy sticks! I’ve tried this myself, and it’s a totally easy way to cut and serve melon.

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About the writer:

Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 5 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, home, & living frugally.

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Comments 5

  1. Rachel

    I. Love. Watermelon. Yummy!!

  2. frugal-fit-sexy

    Strawberry agua fresca is amazing as well. So delicious on a hot day.

  3. Kelly Carson

    I saw the chili lime recipe you shared a while back and never tried that but I did come across chili lime seasoning (tajin classical seasoning) and I’m addicted to it on watermelon. It’s soooooooo good. It sounds weird but it’s the best! ♥️

  4. shop4mybabies

    i love watermelon, but what kind of monster says “bye potatoes” potatoes are life lol
    can’t wait to try some of these, thank you

  5. PrincessMom

    OK, we made watermelon agua fresca and we all LOVED it. I may have whipped up another batch later that night for mommy and daddy to enjoy with a little vodka added after our little one went to bed 😉

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