Melon, like corn, tomatoes, and strawberries, is one of those foods that—while you can get it fresh in some form year round—becomes truly magical in summer. Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew: they turn sweet, fragrant, and tender this time of year. Here are 9 ways—some sweet, others savory—to celebrate the moment.
1. Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad
For this fresh, healthy summer salad recipe that balances sweet, tart, and salty, grilled watermelon, combines with feta, and mint. Get our Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad recipe.
2. Triple Melon Fruit Salad
A touch of fresh mint and lime juice perks up this colorful combo of watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. Get our Triple Melon Fruit Salad recipe.
3. Grilled Swordfish with Melon Salsa
Paired with a light melon and cucumber salsa, hearty swordfish makes for a healthy meal that’s ready in minutes. Get our Grilled Swordfish with Melon Salsa recipe.
4. Summer Watermelon Hoedown
Instead of chucking them in the compost, purée the leftover watermelon chunks in the fridge with a touch of cherry liqueur and top it with some beer for a refreshing drink that screams summer. Get our Summer Watermelon Hoedown recipe.
5. Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
Made up of little more than fresh fruit (such as cantaloupe), citrus juice, and water, aguas frescas are the perfect way to cool down when it’s hot outside. Get our Cantaloupe Agua Fresca recipe.
5. Honeydew Ice Pops
Ripe melon is blended and then drained of excess liquid to intensify the fruit flavor, before heavy cream, sugar, and a touch of salt are added. Get our Honeydew Ice Pops recipe.
6. Watermelon Gazpacho
7. Watermelon, Tomato, and Olive Salad
Unusual flavors mingle in this striking salad, perfect as the appetite-stoking forst course at a summer dinner party. Get our Watermelon, Tomato, and Olive Salad recipe.
8. Halibut Ceviche with Watermelon
Lime juice–cured fish is tossed with tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, watermelon, and cilantro, for the brightest taste of summer imaginable. Get our Halibut Ceviche with Watermelon recipe.
9. Watermelon-Soju Cocktail
Try blending up some watermelon cubes and adding soju and ice for an adult cocktail that’s perfect to pair with spicy dishes or to cool off a hot night. Get our Watermelon-Soju Cocktail recipe.