13 Extremely Refreshing Ways to Celebrate National Watermelon Day

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By Tina Ujlaki Posted August 03, 2016

Grill It, smash it, blend It, drink It. TRY SOMETHING NEW WITH WATERMELON TODAY.

Happy National Watermelon Day! Celebrate our favorite summer fruit by trying something new today—grill it like a steak, blend it into gazpacho, or make it the star of a refreshing Thai Salad.

Grilled Watermelon with Avocado, Cucumber and Jalapeño Salsa

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

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Charring watermelon on the grill quickly caramelizes the sugars and adds a light toasty flavor to the super crisp and juicy fruit. If you serve it hot off the grill, you get a nice contrast of temperatures in every bite.

Sandia Smash

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This super refreshing take on a caipirinha starts with muddled watermelon and is lightly sweetened with agave. St. Germain gives the drink a light floral note. You could have fun with the garnish here, with whimsical picks and watermelon balls of different sizes.

Thai-Style Radish and Watermelon Salad

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This stunning salad for a crowd from star chef Tom Colicchio is one of the simplest and best salads we've ever featured. It's mostly just sweet, crisp, juicy watermelon cubes, sliced radishes and lots and lots of mint and Thai basil with a bit hit of lime juice and a kick from hot red chiles.

Watermelon and Arugula Salad with Walnuts

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In Sardinia, bitter greens like arugula grow in gardens alongside watermelons, so the two are frequently served together. Here they're embellished with red onions, walnuts and shavings of ricotta salata cheese. If you have a bottle of raspberry vinegar somewhere in the back of your cupboard, bring it out for this salad. If not, a nice red wine vinegar would be good too.


Spicy Tomato-and-Watermelon Gazpacho with Crab

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This is a dinner party-worthy gazpacho since it has a fancy crab, avocado and poblano garnish, but the soup itself has a nice bit of heat that balances the sweet , fruity flavors of the tomatoes and the watermelon.

Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

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For a modern take on a traditional Greek watermelon and feta salad, try these little grilled steaks topped with tangy yogurt seasoned with fresh thyme.

If you don't feel like cooking, try one of the new watermelon products we've found:


Food & Wine: Watermelon Water

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Go Raw Sprouted Watermelon Seeds

Sakara Life Watermelon Jerky

Gundalow Juice Watermelon Waves

Well Well Watermelon and Tart Cherry Water

Preserve Place Watermelon Rind Pickles

And if you don't feel like eating or drinking, at least have some fun at watermelon.org.

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