7 Refreshing Watermelon Recipes Perfect for Summer Snacking

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Watermelon is the perfect summer treat, but combined with scrumptious sorbet, tasty cheese, and zesty flavors, watermelon is transformed into a snack you can enjoy year-round. It will quickly become your go-to fruit with these 7 easy-to-make recipes.

1. Watermelon and Coconut Sorbet Parfaits

Martha Stewart has created a simple yet delectable watermelon-inspired parfait that is perfect for a hot summer day. A combination of watermelon cubes and coconut sorbet create a stunning display that is perfect for every palate. The best part? This refreshing recipe, which yields 6 servings, requires minimal effort to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • 2 pints coconut sorbet
  • 2 cups cubed (1/2 inch) watermelon
  • Finely grated lime zest, used for sprinkling

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the coconut flakes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet until it’s toasted, about 3 minutes. Divide half the sorbet among 6 tall glasses using a 2 ¼-inch ice cream scoop. Top each with a layer of watermelon, another scoop of sorbet, and then more watermelon. Sprinkle with lime zest and toasted coconut.

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2. Watermelon-Peach Salsa and Tomatoes

A combination of watermelon, peaches, herbs, tomatoes, and hot pepper jelly, this zesty Southern Living recipe embodies everything summer: fresh fruit, a touch of tang, and a whole lot of sweetness. This recipe makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup hot pepper jelly
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups seeded and diced fresh watermelon
  • 1 cup peeled and diced fresh peaches
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 3 cups baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish: fresh basil sprigs

Directions: Whisk together the pepper jelly, lime zest, and lime juice in a bowl. Stir in the watermelon, peaches, basil, and chives. Season the halved baby tomatoes with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, spooning into a cocktail glass. Top with salsa, and garnish with fresh basil sprigs.

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3. Fresh Mint and Watermelon Soda Floats

This refreshing treat will instantly cool you down on a hot summer day. This flavorful How Sweet Eats recipe calls for mint, watermelon, and ice cream, creating a refreshing and fruity float.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh watermelon chunks (large seeds removed, the small white ones are fine)
  • 12 to 15 fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces club soda or carbonated water of choice
  • Vanilla ice cream

Directions: In a blender, combine the watermelon, mint, and water. Blend and pulse quickly, just until the watermelon has broken down; this should only take about 30 to 60 seconds. The blending will de-carbonate the water a bit, but it should still have some fizz. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl, glass, or measuring cup in order to remove the seeds. Fill two glasses with vanilla ice cream, and pour the watermelon soda over top. Garnish with additional fresh mint.

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4. Watermelon Ice Pops

This Eat Yourself Skinny recipe, which yields 12 servings, makes watermelon seem even more refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day, these revitalizing pops include watermelon, mini chocolate chips, and lime sherbet. One guilt-free ice pop contains 78 calories, 1.4 grams of fat, and 16.5 grams of carbs.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups seedless watermelon pulp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 pint lime sherbet, softened

Directions: Purée watermelon and sugar in batches in your blender or food processor until it’s smooth, and strain into a medium bowl. Cover and freeze until the purée is slightly slushy, but not quite solid, about 2 to 3 hours. Remove from the freezer, stir well, and add in chocolate chips. Place twelve 5-ounce disposable cups in a shallow baking pan and spoon watermelon puree into cups, leaving about a 1/2 inch left from the rim. Place the pan in the freezer for 2 hours, or until purée is solid, but not rock hard.

Allow the lime sherbet to soften a bit, then spread over the top of each portion of watermelon purée so that it comes up to the edge of the cup. Smooth sherbet with the back of a spoon and cover each cup with plastic wrap. Cut a small slit in the center of each cup, and insert a popsicle stick into each pop so that it almost reaches the bottom of the cups. Freeze overnight (or until solid); it can be frozen for up to two days. Allow the pops to sit at room temperature for about a minute, then gently pull out from the cups.

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5. Watermelon Sorbet

Minimal ingredients and heavenly flavors will keep you coming back for seconds with this Leite’s Culinaria recipe. Tart, sweet, and creamy, this sorbet recipe, which yields 4 servings, calls for watermelon, mint, and a touch of lime or lemon juice for some added zest.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup or light agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 pounds watermelon, rind and seeds removed, cut into chunks

Directions: In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, corn syrup or agave nectar, lime or lemon juice, and mint to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool. In a blender, purée half of the watermelon chunks. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining watermelon.

Add the slightly cooled syrup to the watermelon and mix well. Place in a 2-quart container, cover, and freeze for 3 to 4 hours. Flake the mixture with a fork. Scoop it up, place in bowls, and enjoy!

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6. Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers

This Fox News recipe for watermelon feta mint skewers is a scrumptious combination of sweet and salty. These skewers create an appetizer that’s perfect for your next party or family get-together. This recipe makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounce feta cheese, in a block
  • 1/4 whole watermelon
  • 12 to 14 mint leaves
  • Reduced balsamic for drizzling

Directions: Cube the watermelon into bite-sized pieces, and then cube the block of feta. To assemble, stack the feta and watermelon with a mint leaf in between. Using a skewer or toothpick, skewer the stack. For added flavor, use a reduced balsamic vinegar drizzle. To make the drizzle, add ½-cup balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and reduce for 3 to 5 minutes until thickened. Drizzle over the skewers.

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7. Creamy Watermelon Dip and Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Crisps

What could be more delectable than a refreshing watermelon dip accompanied with sweet pita chips? This summery recipe, as shown on Recipe 4 Living, can also be served with fresh fruit for healthy dipping.

Ingredients:

  • 5 6-inch pitas, whole wheat or white, cut into wedges
  • Butter spray
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Dip

  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups fat-free whipped topping
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups watermelon chunks, seedless or seed removed

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread pita wedges on a large baking sheet, and spray with butter spray. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and sprinkle on pita wedges. Bake 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, cinnamon, whipped topping, and powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium until creamy. Add in watermelon chunks and beat until blended. Serve with pita chips or fresh fruit.

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