Chilled ice lollies, wobbly jelly shots and wholesome salads chock-full of seasonal produce are all on our summer party menu. Chunks of succulent watermelon go with a surprising range of flavours, both sweet and savoury. Pair wedges of friut with a spicy dip, salty slabs of griddled halloumi or a generous handful of feta for an unusual crowd-pleasing treat.


Check out our watermelon collection for more recipe inspiration. It's bursting with delicious seasonal plates. Who knew this fab fruit was so versatile. Want some help tackling a monstrous melon? Read our guide on how to cut a watermelon for simple, step-by-step methods.

1. Watermelon cooler

Watermelon jelly on plate with slices of fruit

Kicking off our marvellous melon recipes is our watermelon cooler. This simple, fruity jelly is the perfect refreshing end to a summer feast and kids and adults alike will love this easy chilled treat. As if that wasn't enough, it takes just 10 minutes to prepare so you can relax and spend time with your guests.

2. Watermelon & strawberry slushie

Watermelon slushies in cups with straws

An icy watermelon & strawberry slushie is the perfect thing to keep you cool on a hot summer's day. These vibrant, rosy-hued drinks can be whipped up with just three key ingredients and a blender. Mix up a jugful for a thirsty crowd and watch it disappear in minutes.

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3. Halloumi & watermelon bulgur salad

Halloumi and watermelon salad with spoon on plate

Pair up salty cheese and fresh fruit for the ultimate sunny day side dish. Our halloumi & watermelon bulgur salad is a treat for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. It's full of contrasting flavours and textures, sure to go down a treat at any barbecue. Looking for something light to contrast a barrage of burgers? Look no further.

4. Watermelon gin spritzer

Selection of cocktails on table

Our watermelon gin spritzer is the ideal tipple for relaxed evenings lounging in the garden. Swap your standard G&T for this fabulously fruity twist, with a hint of zesty lime and cubes of freshly chopped watermelon.

5. Watermelon with dukkah dip

Watermelon slices with dip on tray

Our watermelon with dukkah dip is the perfect balance of sweet, cool fruit and a spicy, nutty sauce to bring a little heat. This unusual party snack is perfect for enjoying with cocktails. Feeling adventurous? Try making your own dukkah with our easy, speedy recipe.

6. Watermelon lemonade

Drinks in watermelon halves with lime and ice

Nothing screams ‘party’ quite like our eye-catching watermelon lemonade. It looks impressive, but like all the best recipes for entertaining, it's simple to make. Everyone will want to get their hands on one of these spectacular fruity serves.

7. Watermelon lollies

Watermelon lollies

Melon and kiwi are a match made in heaven in our super easy watermelon lollies. The whole family will enjoy these fabulous frozen treats, they're even low in calories and packed full of vitamin C for good measure. Believe it or not, all you need is a grand total of two ingredients and some lolly moulds to create your own luscious lollies.

8. Watermelon & spinach super salad

Watermelon, avocado and spinach salad on platter

Make something fresh and filling for supper and try our watermelon & spinach super salad. This veggie extravaganza is packed with toasted seeds, quinoa, salty feta cheese and ripe watermelon, and counts as three of your five-a-day. It might seem like an unsual combination of flavours, but trust us, this simple mix is utterly delicious.

9. Watermelon vodka jelly shots

Watermelon jelly shots on tray

Our jiggling watermelon vodka jelly shots are sure to be a big hit at any summer party. Cut them into wedges, pass around and they'll be slurped down in no time. These grown-up boozy bites pack a punch and take just 20 minutes to prepare. Want to try even more fruity flavours? Read our guide on how to make jelly shots and test out our favourite recipes.

10. Watermelon salsa

Watermelon salsa with tortilla chips

Switch up your standard salsa for our zingy watermelon version. Serve up a bowl of watermelon salsa for guests to dip into, or pile on top of cheesy nachos for a lighter summer snack. This deliciously moreish dish is simple to make and there's no cooking involved.

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