Coconut and watermelon are subtle summery flavors that combine well. Add lime and mint, put them all in a blender, and a memorable creamy smoothie is the result. Maybe some coconut rum, too? Not a bad idea. But that’s up to you.
Recipes: Now That's Using Your Melon
Watermelon is called “the smile of summer,” and certainly smiles abound when watermelon is served.
Enjoy the classic ice-cold slice of watermelon, but later branch out to try various recipes. If you keep in mind that watermelon combines well with the complementary flavors of lime, mint, and ginger, you might well invent recipes of your own. Furthermore, all parts of a watermelon are edible – flesh, seeds, and rind. (Note: the thin green part of the rind is tough and bitter, so better to compost it than to eat it.)
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Here are some recipes to get you started.
Artist Johanna Riley of Linnea Design created this watermelon dessert on paper, but it easily can be re-created in the kitchen It’s perfect for summer holidays and special occasions, including National Watermelon Day on August 3 in the U. S.
Here’s a no-recipe recipe for the beloved classic served all around the Mediterranean – plus all sorts of variations to turn it into your own classic dish.
Lots of watermelon juice plus orange juice and lime juice form the fruit base of this craft cocktail from Flora Farms in Mexico.
Whether served as an amuse bouche or a dessert, these mini melons with a touch of lime flavor make folks smile—and can even be alcohol-free.
Heating watermelon juice and sugar caramelizes the sugar and produces a thick, rich, darkened sauce with a hint of watermelon to it. Try it on vanilla ice cream or a favorite fruit sorbet.
Adding watermelon creates a refreshing upgrade to the classic Aperol spritz.
This main-dish pork and watermelon recipe with flavorful Asian influences is adapted from North Carolina chef Vivian Howard.
Use colorful sprinkles to create these watermelon look-alikes.
These sugar cookies are frosted with icing to look like slices of watermelon. A year-round favorite, the addition of string pressed into the undersides of the cookies while they bake turns them into Christmas-tree ornaments.
You’ll find this cocktail mixing watermelon, cranberry, and smoke-infused mezcal is a complex celebration of each of its flavors. Sip it around a firepit or a fireplace to indulge in the ultimate fireside chat.
This sweet-salty broiled appetizer is a traditional cocktail tidbit served with drinks throughout the South. It’s never had a real name though. And it desperately needs one. Right now, it takes longer to say “bacon-wrapped sweetened watermelon-rind pickle” than it does to eat one. But think Wa-termelon and Ba-con, and suddenly WaBa Bites becomes the perfect name. (It’s been coined by Watermelon Times, of course; let’s give credit where credit is due.)