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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How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon

Never take a gamble on lugging home the wrong watermelon again.
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Watermelon Steaks with Warm Pickled Shrimp

Grilling watermelon gives it a pleasantly smoky flavor and a glistening surface that’s reminiscent of tuna steaks. Here, F&W’s Justin Chapple tops slabs of the sweet-smoky fruit with warm pickled shrimp, onion, and jalapeño. Fresh parsley finishes off this summery main dish.
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Golden Melon Salad with Lemony Yogurt and Chiles

Creamy, rich whole milk yogurt carries the sweetness of juicy watermelon and cantaloupe in this refreshing summer salad. Perfect for brunch or dinner, the dressing adds just enough spice and acidity. For the sweetest melons, look for watermelons that sound hollow when you knock on them and have a pale yellow patch from where they sat in the field.
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9 Ways to Use Melon

Full of water, melons are super refreshing and hydrating—the perfect summer ingredient. Here are nine ways to use them in both sweet and savory dishes.
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