5 Reasons Watermelon is Awesome

The second you sink your teeth into that first juicy, sweet bite of watermelon, you know it’s really summer. I’ll bet you can close your eyes and picture sinking your teeth into a refreshing, cold piece of this magnificent melon.

If you love watermelon, eating it sliced is just the tip of the iceberg. To quench your thirst for this favorite summer fruit, Rach, in her usual style, has recipe twists and turns that range from sweet to spicy.

Whether you’re off to a big cookout or just relaxing at home, here are a few inventive ways to use watermelon…

As a Refreshing Dip: Watermelon Salsa

Jalepeños and lime juice mean this salsa isn’t for the faint of heart. Try it with your favorite tortilla chips (blue corn would make a pretty contrast!) and make it a day ahead to really let the flavors develop.

As a Pick-Me-Up: Watermelon Ice Cubes

Forget cucumber or lemon in your water. Pretty-in-pink watermelon ice cubes are the way to go!

As Healthy Dessert: Watermelon Ice Pops

Cut, slice, stick, and freeze. That’s all you need to do make a sweet treat that’s healthy and fast! These will really beat the heat at your next outdoor fete.

As a Savory Side: Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Tomato-Watermelon Salad

Take advantage of glorious tomatoes when they’re in season and pair them with feta-stuffed chicken breasts. Simple and scrumptious!

As a Drinking Vessel: Watermelon Punch Bowl with Watermelon Mojito

Forget simply adding watermelon to your drink – drink out of the watermelon! This recipe uses a hollowed-out melon to replace your typical punch bowl. Hey, that’s one less dish to wash, too!

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