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7 Ways to Use a Whole Watermelon

Minted Watermelon Popsicles © Hallie Burton

It’s National Watermelon Day! So go out, buy a whole watermelon and make a few of these juicy, refreshing watermelon recipes.

1. Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt
This is Michael Psilakis’s modern take on the traditional Greek combination of watermelon and feta cheese.

2. Watermelon Sangria
Andrew Zimmern created this cocktail just for summer. It’s made with vodka instead of traditional brandy.

3. Thai Chicken and Watermelon Salad
For this recipe, summer watermelon and chicken come together in a puckery salad.

4. Minted Watermelon Popsicles
These popsicles are a great fat-free snack, made with lots of naturally sweet watermelon and only a little sugar.

5. Watermelon Gazpacho
This is a cool, sweet-tangy riff on the Spanish summer staple.

6. Watermelon Granita with Cardamom Syrup
Granita is a terrific, healthy alternative to ice cream.

7. Pickled Watermelon Rind with Ginger and Jalapeños
Pickling watermelon rind has long been a Southern tradition. In this recipe, the rind is sliced very thin, making the pickles perfect for pilling on a sandwich.

Related: 6 Great Watermelon Recipes
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3 Super-Easy Watermelon Cocktails

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