6 Savory Ways to Eat Watermelon for Dinner

Try these savory watermelon recipe ideas while the melon is in season.

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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.

Find out how to make Watermelon Poke Bowls on Grateful Grazer.

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.

Check out this recipe for watermelon caprese salad on Rainbow Delicious.

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.

Find out how to make watermelon gazpacho on Tasty Mediterraneo.

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.

Check out the recipe for watermelon pico de gallo on the Short Order Cook.

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.

Find out how to make watermelon feta salad on Hunger Thirst Play.

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.

Check out the recipe for shrimp and watermelon kebabs on Framed Cooks.

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