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Watermelon “Steak” Salad
Watermelon "Steak" Salad
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Watermelon “Steak” Salad

Not your mother’s fruit salad. A cold, thick, steak-like slice of ripe watermelon pairs unexpectedly well with salty Cotija cheese and a smoky vinaigrette. Also try it with leftover grilled chicken or beef.

Shrimp Salad over Zesty Watermelon
Shrimp Salad over Zesty Watermelon
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Shrimp Salad over Zesty Watermelon

This salad uses just enough mayo to coat the shrimp, which will keep them moist but not drown them in a deluge of dressing.

Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites
Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites

Indulge in the warm days of summer with this refreshing watermelon and goat cheese combination.

Instant Watermelon Pops
Instant Watermelon Pops
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Instant Watermelon Pops

Cut a 1-inch slit into the rind of a just-cut watermelon wedge, and insert a wooden stick. Serve pops a variety of ways: Sprinkle with flavored salts and freshly ground pepper, drizzle with local honey and fresh lime juice, dust with red pepper, or add a splash of schnapps.

Watermelon Bellini
Watermelon Bellini
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Watermelon Bellini

Whirl up any summer melon in this refreshing sipper. For a nonalcoholic option, replace the sparkling wine with sparkling white grape juice, sparkling cider, or club soda.

Beef-and-Watermelon Stir-Fry
Beef-and-Watermelon Stir-Fry
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Beef-and-Watermelon Stir-Fry

The sweet heat of this dish is surprisingly refreshing. Slice the watermelon into sticks about the same size as the sugar snap peas so you get a sweet crunch in every bite. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for extra flavor.

Tipsy Red-and-Yellow Watermelon Salad
Tipsy Red-and-Yellow Watermelon Salad
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Tipsy Red-and-Yellow Watermelon Salad

This pretty and easy to prepare spiked-fruit salad is guaranteed to be a conversation-stater at your next gathering.

Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Grilled Watermelon with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

Blue cheese and salty prosciutto are delicious with sweet melon. Grilling the watermelon enhances that sweetness and adds a touch of smoky flavor. Brushing the wedges with oil keeps them from sticking to the grill.

Melon and Plum Salad
Melon and Plum Salad
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Melon and Plum Salad

Watermelon, honeydew, and plums are dressed with a bold Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette in this fresh salad.

Watermelon Salsa
Watermelon Salsa
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Watermelon Salsa

This colorful salsa makes a delicious topping for sliced tomatoes, grilled chicken, or steak.

Pickled Watermelon Rind

Pickled Watermelon Rind

Pickled Watermelon Rind

Don’t let your watermelon rind go to waste—enjoy this fresh and easy recipe to get the most out of this delicious summer fruit. Use the watermelon flesh in our Southwest Watermelon Salad recipe.

Southwest Watermelon Salad
Southwest Watermelon Salad
Photo: John Kernick

Southwest Watermelon Salad

The reserved watermelon flesh from the Pickled Watermelon Rind is perfect for this recipe.

Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Watermelon Refresher
Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Watermelon Refresher
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Watermelon Refresher

Step up your traditional fruit salad recipe with this punched-up take as a BBQ side dish. The watermelon cleanses the palette and cools you down on hot summer days.

Melon-and-Mozzarella Salad
Summer Salad Recipes: Melon-and-Mozzarella Salad
Photo: Lauren Rubinstein

Melon-and-Mozzarella Salad

This rainbow of summer fruit makes an elegant presentation and  a refreshing side for a luncheon, brunch, or dinner. Layer and chill the salad up to eight hours in advance.

Watermelon, Mâche, and Pecan Salad
Watermelon, Mache, and Pecan Salad Recipe
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Watermelon, Mâche, and Pecan Salad 

Spiked with the sweet-sharp heat of a pepper-jelly vinaigrette, ice-cold cubes of watermelon team up with buttery crumbles of Gorgonzola cheese and toasted pecans. Mâche is a tender, heirloom variety of lamb’s lettuce, but the salad is equally good prepared with a mix of baby lettuces.