Watermelon

Everyone's favorite summertime fruit is for more than just fruit salad. Watermelon is delicious when paired with tangy feta, fresh mint, grilled shrimp and spicy jalapenos. You can even pickle the rind to add to sandwiches and coleslaw! Grilling watermelon gives this juicy fruit a light and smoky flavor, made even more delicious when topped with spicy avocado salsa. These boozy mojito-inspired popsicles are equal parts cocktail and dessert, and are guaranteed to make your cookout way more fun. Whether you're looking for a simple side dish or a new twist on sangria, F&W's guide shows you how versatile watermelon can be.

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Grilled Watermelon with Chamomile-Cocoa Salt
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In a story about cooking with fruit for Juneteenth, writer Nicole A. Taylor drew on her memories of a ripe, perfect watermelon enjoyed in Austin, Texas to create her recipe for Grilled Watermelon with Chamomile-Cocoa Salt. In this quick-grilling snack, watermelon wedges take on a slightly smoky flavor from the grill that's enhanced by a toasty, crunchy spice blend of benne seeds, chamomile, fennel, and cocoa. Benne seeds have a more robust, slightly bitter flavor than their cousins, sesame seeds; either are delicious in this recipe.
How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon
Never take a gamble on lugging home the wrong watermelon again.
Chile-Coconut Watermelon Crudo
This sweet, spicy, and punchy upgrade to classic slabs of salted watermelon is the palate-pleasing appetizer your cookout guests deserve, Fresh coconut water is much sweeter, and has a greater depth of flavor than bottled versions, so crack open a coconut if you can. If using store-bought, select a brand with no additives for the best tasting crudo. Reserve the strained spicy marinade to use as a fruity base for a tequila cocktail.
Marinated Watermelon with Whipped Feta
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Chef Joe Kindred of Kindred restaurant in Davidson, North Carolina, lets watermelon sit in a savory marinade for 30 minutes to draw out the juices from the fruit and intensify its flavor. Slideshow: More Watermelon Recipes 
Watermelon Slabs with Jicama
This incredibly refreshing dish is supereasy and perfect on a hot day. The combo of watermelon and jicama is like juicy on juicy, and topping it with tangy lime juice and tart ancho chile powder brings all the flavors front and center. Slideshow: More Watermelon Recipes 
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Grilled Watermelon with Avocado, Cucumber and Jalapeño Salsa
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Grilling watermelon gives it a pleasantly smoky flavor. Here, F&W's Justin Chapple tops slabs of the sweet-smoky fruit with a cumin-spiked avocado salsa; thin slices of jalapeño and lots of fresh herbs finish off the dish. Slideshow:  More Watermelon Recipes 
The Shattering Truth about Watermelons and Other Fruits You Thought You Knew
Get ready to have your fruit-loving minds blown: Watermelons are berries, and strawberries are not.