As refreshing as cold, sweet watermelon is on its own, it matches beautifully with salty, rich, flavorful ingredients. Make a salad with baby greens, watermelon, balsamic vinaigrette, and blue Brie, advises KiltedCook. (Blue Brie is a creamy, ripened blue-veined cheese with the bloomy white rind typical of cheeses like Brie or Camembert, says goodhealthgourmet.)

bayoucook makes watermelon, red onion, and feta cheese salad all summer, and recommends a light white balsamic dressing to go with it. amyleechen loves a salad of watermelon, goat cheese, mint, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. “I never would have thought those ingredients could co-exist in the same dish, but together they made for a glorious salad,” she says.

“With crunchy hunks of fried pork you can make a carnivore’s salad that works the same salty and sweet magic,” says JungMann. “With cucumbers and cayenne, you can also make a mean margarita.”

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