5 surprising ways with watermelon

Go wild for watermelon this summer with five ideas on how to serve this sweet, thirst-quenching fruit as the star attraction in salads, snacks and drinks.

Watermelon ice lollies, watermelon & feta salad, watermelon salsa and watermelon pizza

Watermelon lollies

Pretty in pink and so refreshing, these watermelon lollies are the perfect, low-calorie way to cool down. They're sure to be a hit with kids, too, who will benefit from the high vitamin C content. With only five minutes prep time, you can make these popsicles for a quick and easy treat on an unexpectedly hot day.
Three watermelon ice lollies

For more frozen fruit inspiration, try these pink melon lollies.
 

Watermelon pizza

Shaped liked a pizza but more fun and definitely more fruity! This watermelon pizza recipe is enhanced with the summery flavours of pineapple and coconut, and is ideal served as a starter, salad or light dessert at picnics or barbecues.

Watermelon cut into pizza slices

Or, for another light dessert idea, you could try our quivering jellied watermelon cooler.
 

Watermelon salsa

For a zingy summer snack, serve this moreish watermelon salsa as a light dip or topping for nachos. A hint of lime juice gives this salsa a citrussy boost which makes for a refreshing palate cleanser.

Nachos topped with watermelon salsa

If you like this, you could take it to the next level with our spiced feta & watermelon salsa.
 

Watermelon & feta salad

Get two of your five-a-day with this vibrant watermelon & feta salad. The flavour combination of juicy watermelon, salty feta and cooling mint is ideal for a summer side dish or starter. With such versatlity, it's no wonder that watermelon is such a popular salad choice!

Watermelon and feta salad in a bowl

Want to mix it up? Check out these other watermelon salad suggestions:

Watermelon & spinach super salad
Halloumi & watermelon bulghar salad
Duck, watermelon & herb salad with roast cashews
Watermelon, prawn & avocado salad
Tomato, watermelon & feta salad with mint dressing
 

Watermelon lemonade

Simple yet visually stunning, our watermelon lemonade can be made by hollowing out a watermelon and filling it with a citrus and melon juice purée. This refreshing drink works both as a fun idea for a kid's party or a casual gathering of family and friends. 

Watermelon lemonade in a hollowed out watermelon

Try these other watermelon drinks:

Watermelon & orange blossom lemonade
Watermelon & strawberry slushie
Watermelon gin spritzer
Cucumber, watermelon & mint punch
Watermelon vodka jelly shots
 

Like this? Read on for more summer entertaining ideas:

Party ideas for teens
The best non-alcoholic drinks
5 easy ice lollies
How to make jelly shots
5 of our finest summer punches
 

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Panayiotis
28th Jul, 2017
Now is the season of watermelon in Cyprus, it's best served chilled and best eaten with a fresh loaf of bread and halloumi. Very refreshing and light on the stomach! Καλή Όρεξη, Bon Appetite.
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