Delicious Watermelon Dessert Recipes to Make This Season
Not only is watermelon delicious, it’s also one of the best fruits for keeping you healthy. Many people enjoy the fruit as is, but if you’re looking to take your dessert game up a notch, try taking advantage of the melon’s naturally sweet flavor. Watermelon pairs well with herbal, sour, and sweet ingredients, and we’re showcasing six dessert recipes that make the melon shine.
1. Honey Drizzled Watermelon Yogurt Parfait
First up is a healthy post-meal treat starring our feature ingredient. This honey-drizzled watermelon yogurt parfait from Hungry Couple is the perfect light dessert to help you get your sugar fix without wiring you before bed. The fruit is flavorful on its own, and a touch of honey added to the watermelon and yogurt mixture gives the entire dish the perfect touch of sweet.
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon honey plus extra for drizzling
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ cup cubed seedless watermelon
Directions: Stir the yogurt and salt together and spoon into a piece of cheesecloth over a strainer. Place in a bowl to catch the drips and leave on the counter for 1 hour or in the refrigerator overnight. When ready, spoon into two serving bowls.
2. Watermelon Pudding
Watermelon pudding is a bright and colorful summer treat and this recipe from Epicurious will teach you how to make it at home. Chocolate and vanilla puddings typically reign supreme, but you’ll soon see that fruity puddings can be just as good, and even more refreshing. This recipe yields 6 servings, and will become a staple in your summer diet.
- 6 cups coarsely chopped seeded watermelon (from a 4 ½-lb piece, rind discarded)
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon anise seeds
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- Chopped shelled pistachios (not dyed red)
- White or dark chocolate shavings, removed with a vegetable peeler
Directions: Purée watermelon in a blender until smooth, then pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart saucepan, pressing on pulp and then discarding any remaining solids.
Ladle about ¼ cup watermelon juice into a small bowl and stir in cornstarch until smooth.
Bring remaining watermelon juice to a boil with ½ cup sugar and anise seeds, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir cornstarch mixture again, then whisk into boiling juice. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 3 minutes. Whisk in lemon juice.
Pour pudding through cleaned sieve into a bowl, then transfer to a wide, 1-quart serving dish or 6 (2/3-cup) ramekins and chill, uncovered, until cold, about 30 minutes. Cover loosely and chill until set, at least 3 hours.
Just before serving, beat cream with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Top pudding with whipped cream.
3. Watermelon Pie
Watermelon pie from Taste of Home is next and the creamy dessert promises to cool you down without leaving you sluggish. The pie is made from condensed milk, seeded watermelon, lime juice, whipped topping, and a graham cracker crust. This no-bake dessert keeps you from turning on your oven in the summer, so you can stay nice and cool.
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1-2/3 cups whipped topping
- 2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
- 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
- Watermelon balls and fresh mint (optional)
Directions: In a bowl, combine milk and lime juice; fold in whipped topping and cubed watermelon. Pour into crust. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing. Garnish with watermelon balls and mint if desired.
4. Mint and Watermelon Soda Floats
If you’re a fan of ice cream floats in the summer, you’re going to love these mint and watermelon soda floats from How Sweet It Is. These floats are healthier than most versions, but they still enlist plenty of dreamy ice cream. You’ll first make watermelon soda from pureed watermelon, mint, and carbonated water. Pour the mixture over your ice cream, and expect a fun, fizzy drink that will satisfy your thirst and your sweet tooth.
- 2 ½ 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 watermelon has broken down. Pour 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 watermelon soda over top. Garnish with additional fresh mint.
5. Watermelon Pops
These easy watermelon pops from Martha Stewart require only two ingredients: watermelon and sugar. Process the fruit in a blender, add some sugar, then pour the mixture into ice-pop molds or even plastic cups. Once your popsicles have frozen after 8 hours, you’re ready to eat! Start these early in the day for the perfect afternoon or evening treat.
- 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon (from about 4 ½ pounds of watermelon), rind removed
- 1 to 4 tablespoons sugar (optional)
Directions: Working in batches, place watermelon and sugar (if using) in a blender. Puree until completely liquefied, stirring watermelon as necessary so all cubes are blended and mixture is smooth. Pour into 12 (3-ounce) ice-pop molds or plastic cups. Insert sticks or wooden spoons into puree, and freeze until solid, at least 8 hours.
6. Watermelon Sorbet
For those who want something frosty and refreshing, follow this watermelon sorbet recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef for directions. This time around, you’ll need an ice cream maker to perfect your treat, but the prep work will be well worth it. This low-calorie dessert will cool you down without putting any kind of dent in your diet.
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- 1 ¼ cups water
- 6-7 cups fresh seedless watermelon chunks (about half a watermelon)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (approximately 3½ medium-sized limes)
Directions: In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
Put the watermelon chunks and the lime juice into a blender. Process the mixture until the watermelon is completely pureed. Using a fine mesh strainer or sieve, pour and press the blended mixture through to remove the seeds and any extra pulp.
Combine with the cooled simple syrup and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Pour the watermelon mixture into the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker. Mix until the sorbet has thickened, approximately 25-35 minutes. Enjoy right away or put the sorbet into an airtight container and place in the freezer until firm, about 2 hours.