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Refreshingly Simple Watermelon Recipes for Summer

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Watermelon is as intimidating as it is delicious. It's the ultimate summer fruit, yet its refreshing charm can be diluted by the sheer obstacle of dealing with one. Lugging it, chopping it, storing it—it's so daunting. 

The hulking melon, like most things in life, is always scarier before you dig in. Quarter it, put your apprehensions aside, and consider your options. These 21 recipes make such quick use of a watermelon, you might even want to buy two. 

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Water on the Smoke by bluepepper

Watermelon-Habanero Lemonade by Chris Van Houten

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Olia Hercules' Watermelon Rind Jam by Genius Recipes

Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad by Dee

Grilled Watermelon with Tequila by bill

Kristin Donnelly's Watermelon Agua Fresca by Genius Recipes

Louisa Shafia's Watermelon, Mint, and Cider Vinegar Tonic by Genius Recipes 

Louisa Shafia's Watermelon, Mint, and Cider Vinegar Tonic

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel by Amanda Hesser

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel

Beginner's Fruit Juice by Sarah Waldman

Braised Pork Belly Tacos with Watermelon, Jicama, and Jalapeño Salsa by a la Alison 

Braised Pork Belly Tacos with Watermelon, Jicama & Jalapeño Salsa

Watermelon Pudding (Gelo d'Anguria) by Emiko

 

Watermelon Paloma by Merrill Stubbs

Watermelon Paloma

Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad by EmilyC

Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad 

Spicy, Savory & Sweet Watermelon Rind Pickles by Nancy Manlove

Spicy, Savory & Sweet Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette by EmilyC

Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta and Mint by Heather Morris

Watermelonade by Merrill Stubbs 

Watermelonade

Grilled Watermelon by Sodium Girl

Grilled Watermelon

Watermelon Tomato Salad, for Picnicking by Alexandra Dawson

Watermelon Campari Granita by Alice Medrich

 

Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad with a Verbena Infused Vinagrette by loli

Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad with a Verbena Infused Vinagrette

This list was originally published in August 2014. We've updated it with more melon. Any other watermelon sips and bites we should know about? 

Tags: menu ideas, watermelon, fruit