13 Summer Recipes That Use Your Melon

There's nothing quite like eating that first ripe watermelon of the season: Its juice dribbles down your chin, but you don't mind. The subtle sweetness is intoxicating. While we never get sick of eating of watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew out of hand (really, never), they're just as swoonworthy in a recipe as they are as a slice. Not convinced? Take one bite of melon salad with mint, feta, and fiery harissa, or a sip of perfectly puckersome watermelonade and you'll be a convert. Here are 13 recipes with summer melon that are anything but melon-choly.

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Watermelonade by Merrill Stubbs

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White Gazpacho with Cantaloupe by Amanda Hesser


Summer Melon Salad with Harissa, Feta, and Mint by EmilyC 


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


Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad with Basil and Feta by Kendra Vaculin


Spicy, Savory, & Sweet Watermelon Rind Pickles by Nancy Manlove


Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta and Mint by Heather Morris


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


Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad by EmilyC 


Boozy Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade by piccantedolce


The Joy Kitchen's Roasted Cantaloupe by Genius Recipes


Watermelon Campari Granita by Alice Medrich


Watermelon Pudding (Gelo d'Anguria) by Emiko

What's your favorite way to eat summer melon? Tell us in the comments below!

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