11 Ways to Eat Watermelon for Every Meal

Curried-Shrimp Salad with Grilled Watermelon © Anna Williams
By F&W Editors Posted August 03, 2016

Summer watermelon is extremely easy to dice thanks to kitchen whiz Justin Chapple’s latest Mad Genius tip, but it’s also super versatile and can be incorporated into any breakfast, lunch or dinner dish. Here, eleven excellent ways to serve up your perfectly diced watermelon any time of the day:

Summer watermelon is extremely easy to dice thanks to kitchen whiz Justin Chapple’s latest Mad Genius tip, but it’s also super versatile and can be incorporated into any breakfast, lunch or dinner dish. Here, nine excellent ways to serve up your perfectly diced watermelon any time of the day:

Breakfast

1. Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

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This modern take on the traditional Greek combination of watermelon and feta cheese is perfect for breakfast or dessert. 

2. Blueberry and Watermelon Slushie

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This refreshing breakfast drink is perfect for a hot summer day.

Lunch

3. Grilled Shrimp with Fennel and Lemon

Watermelon adds an unexpected sweetness to the vibrant salsa that accompanies the shrimp. 

4. Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Frozen Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chef Walter Manzke tops his unconventional tomato, mozzarella and watermelon salad with scrapings of tangy balsamic granita.

5. Curried-Shrimp Salad with Grilled Watermelon

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Grilling watermelon gives it a terrific sweet-smoky flavor, but the key to charring it properly is to sprinkle it lightly with sugar, which burns just a little on the fire. Here, Christopher Kostow combines the watermelon with delicately curried shrimp (he likes making the dish with lobster, too) and yogurt.

6. Grilled Watermelon

Food & Wine: Grilled Watermelon with Avocado, Cucumber and Jalapeno Salsa

© Con Poulos

Grilling watermelon gives it a pleasantly smoky flavor. Here, slabs of the sweet-smoky fruit are topped with a cumin-spiked avocado salsa; thin slices of jalapeño and lots of fresh herbs.

Dinner

7. Vietnamese Tuna Seviche

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Tyson Cole tosses cubes of bluefin tuna, crispy watermelon and squirty cherry tomatoes with homemade nuoc cham, a salty, vibrant Vietnamese condiment made with fish sauce, lemon and lime juice, garlic, ginger, chiles and sugar.

8. Pork Chops with Sticky Rice and Thai Green-Chile Sauce

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Here, in a play on Vietnamese pork chops, pork is marinated in a Chinese-style mix of hoisin, orange juice and chiles, then serves with sticky rice and a side of sweet, crunchy watermelon.

9. Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Watermelon Rind Slaw

Food & Wine: Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pickled Watermelon Rind Slaw

© Peden + Munk

After you've enjoyed your juicy watermelon, don't throw away the rind! Pickling it adds fantastic crunch to these healthy grilled chicken wraps.

Dessert

10. Watermelon and Mascarpone Parfaits

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Creamy mascarpone is delicious with chilled, minted watermelon. 

11. Simple Melon Sorbets

Food & Wine: Simple Melon Sorbets

© Antonis Achilleos

Here, lightly frozen watermelon balls complement sorbet scoops. 

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