Try these savory watermelon recipe ideas while the melon is in season.
Watermelon is a beloved summertime snack. It’s sweet, hydrating, and oh-so refreshing. What many people don’t realize is that this fruit can also go savory. Don’t believe us? These savory watermelon recipe ideas will change your mind.
1. Watermelon poke bowl
The trendy poke bowl usually incorporates some kind of fish, such as raw and marinated tuna. If you’re squeamish about raw fish, or you want a meatless bowl, try this watermelon hack. It sounds crazy, but if you marinate diced melon in a sesame-soy sauce, you’ll end up with a tuna lookalike.
2. Watermelon caprese salad
If you love caprese salad, try this melon variation. The sweet melon helps mellow the acidity of the tomatoes. And here’s another tip: Add sliced avocado for heart-healthy fats. This way, you can use a little less cheese without losing the creamy element of the dish.
3. Watermelon gazpacho
Watermelon gazpacho is one of many variations on this chilled vegetable soup. Typically, gazpacho gets its flavors from tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and spices, but the added watermelon adds a surprisingly pleasant sweetness. Once again, watermelon helps tame the tomato’s acidity.
4. Watermelon pico de gallo
Yep, here’s another watermelon-and-tomato pairing. This unique twist is a great way to jazz up tacos, sandwiches, and burrito bowls. Otherwise, just eat it with homemade tortilla chips for a fun appetizer.
5. Watermelon feta salad
One of the most popular savory watermelon recipes is this flavorful salad. There are a few variations, but they tend to combine things like greens, crisp cucumber, sweet watermelon, salty feta, and fresh mint leaves. Some versions use arugula, and others ditch the greens altogether. Others skip the cucumber; some add tomato.
6. Watermelon shrimp kebabs
Grilling watermelon brings out its savory side. It’s hard to believe, but it tastes even more delicious with some grill marks. For skewers full of summer flavor (and lean protein), combine watermelon cubes with shrimp.
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