Healthy Watermelon Recipes

Find healthy, delicious watermelon recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Creamy Watermelon Smoothie

This creamy vegan watermelon smoothie has a subtle coconut flavor thanks to coconut-milk yogurt. Strawberries add color and banana adds a smooth texture while letting the watermelon flavor shine through.
By Marianne Williams

Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad

Rating: 4.83 stars
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Here's a healthy salad recipe to make at the height of summer when watermelon and cucumbers are at their juiciest and most flavorful. Feta adds the perfect creamy, salty, tangy edge, and mint makes this salad taste even brighter. This is one easy side salad you'll want to serve at all your summer BBQs.

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Rating: 5 stars
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This pretty pink cocktail would be perfect for a bridal shower luncheon. Any leftover pureed juice is refreshing on its own.

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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This refreshing twist on the classic caprese salad replaces tomatoes with sweet, juicy watermelon. Basil and balsamic vinegar push this easy summer salad to the savory side, but if you want some sweeter notes, opt for balsamic glaze. An optional drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil at the end helps marry the flavors.

Watermelon-Mango Smoothie

Rating: 5 stars
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This satisfying fruit smoothie recipe has only four ingredients for a quick and easy healthy breakfast on the go.

Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
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In this watermelon and goat cheese salad, the contrasting flavors and textures of crisp, sweet melon and creamy, tangy goat cheese are magical partners. Top with sliced grilled chicken to make it a meal.

Watermelon, Orange & Cucumber Salad with Castelvetrano Olive Vinaigrette

This easy and superfast salad is incredibly refreshing, thanks to juicy watermelon and oranges! The Castelvetrano olives lend a briny hit, while the herbs add lots of delicious depth to the salad. Pair this colorful salad with grilled shrimp or chicken.

Mojito Blueberry & Watermelon Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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Inspired by the classic mojito cocktail, this festive and healthy fruit salad gets zing from rum, lime and mint. The optional piment d'Espelette--a sweet, spicy ground pepper from the Basque region of France--adds a hint of heat that's a nice contrast to the sweet fruit. Look for this spice at specialty stores, well-stocked markets or online. You could also swap in chile-lime seasoning blend (such as Tajín) for a similar subtle kick or omit the spice altogether. Feel free to skip the rum if you prefer an alcohol-free salad. With or without the rum, this salad has summertime backyard BBQ written all over it.

Watermelon Margarita

All you need is a blender to whip up the watermelon base for this refreshing summer cocktail with a splash of silver tequila and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Use the extra DIY watermelon juice to double the recipe or enjoy it on its own.
By Sarah Epperson Loveless

Frozen Watermelon Cocktail

Watermelon is the dominant flavor in this frozen rum and watermelon cocktail, with a subtle hint of mint shining through. Making simple syrup is easy, plus, having leftover mint syrup on hand is nice for whipping up extra cocktails.
By Liv Dansky

Watermelon Fruit Pizza

Rating: 5 stars
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This refreshing fruit dessert pizza recipe swaps classic cookie crust with a healthier watermelon crust. Topped with yogurt sauce, your favorite berries and mint, this fresh dessert can easily be doubled for a party or halved for every day.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Rating: 5 stars
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The delicate flavors of cucumber and watermelon go hand in hand to create a sweet-and-savory chilled soup, perfect as a first course on a hot night.
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Inspiration and Ideas

16 Watermelon Salad Recipes That Are Bright and Fresh

Add some brightness to your plate with these watermelon salad recipes. Watermelon can be used in sweet or savory salads as it pairs well with other fruit and vegetables. Not only is watermelon hydrating, it's also low in calories and carbohydrates. Watermelon is full of vitamin A, vitamin C and can be good for your heart. Recipes like Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad and Mojito Blueberry & Watermelon Salad are refreshing, delicious and enjoyable in the warm weather.

32 Watermelon Recipes You'll Want to Make All Summer Long

Nothing says summer quite like watermelon does. And this juicy melon is way more versatile than you'd think!

Watermelon Lemonade

This summer-fresh lemonade with a DIY watermelon base is sure to cool you down on a hot day.