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6 Recipes to try on National Watermelon Day

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Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock
Chef Michelle Bernstein's Fresh Tuna and Watermelon Ceviche. Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock

Watermelon is an iconic summer food in the South. Many of us can think back to our childhoods and reflect on melon memories, from family picnics to seed spitting contests.

Watermelon is portable, shareable and versatile, especially in simple slices. But, looking beyond the slice to explore other ways to serve watermelon can transform this childhood favorite to an adult staple.

For instance, the sweetness of watermelon balances perfectly with foods like vinegars and briny cheeses. Watermelon has a high water content that makes it ideal for pureeing and using in gazpachos, sorbets and sherbets. Aqua frescas abound at street vendors in Central and South America, a refreshing respite from oppressive summer temperatures. They are as simple to make as blending fruit with water, sugar and a bit of lime juice. Don’t feel like messing with a blender? Diced fruit will work just as well. Add a splash or two of moonshine, rum or vodka for an adult version.

Here are a few of our favorite ways
the Watermelon has been reimagined

Fresh Tuna and Watermelon “Ceviche”
Watermelon Mint Feta Salad
Fried Chicken and Watermelon Salad
Watermelon Aqua Fresca
Watermelon-Jalapeño Sno Ball Syrup
Watermelon Sorbet