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

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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.

21 Watermelon Recipes to Make This Summer

Among tomatoes and peaches, one of summer’s other exciting crops is the watermelon—fresh, sweet, juicy, and incredibly refreshing in the heat. The beauty of this fruit is that it can be prepared in sweet and savory recipes, whether you’re craving a cooling granita (you’ll love our recipe with cardamom syrup) or marinated watermelon with whipped feta. Read on for all of the watermelon recipes we’ll be making this summer.

Marinated Watermelon with Whipped Feta

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 

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 

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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