We've all been there: Jumping out of the pool, dripping wet, biting into a freshly sliced piece, with juice running down our hands and almost up our elbows. It's the quintessential fruit of summer and we could devour it for every meal!
Thursday, August 3rd is National Watermelon Day, aka the holiday of the summer. We know that watermelon-printed everything has made for this summer's hottest trend-- and some parents are going viral for their insanely cute watermelon-dress creations -- but there's no better way to celebrate than by enjoying watermelon the normal way: eating it.
Sure, you can slice and chew -- or you can get creative. From watermelon pizza, kegs, hummus or even a homemade watermelon Moscato, we've rounded up the most delicious watermelon recipes this summer has to offer. With summer nearing its end, you might as well get your fill of the fruit now, before it's out of season!
Scroll through to learn all the ways we're enjoying watermelon:
Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad from Seasons 52
Watermelon, both refreshing and versatile, can be enjoyed in drinks and salads, blended into soups, or simply eaten off the rind. With shaved red onion, creamy feta and lemon vinaigrette. Compliment any meal with the Watermelon Agua Fresca, prepared with fresh lime and mint.
Combine over ice, garnish with watermelon and enjoy!
Watermelon Gin and Tonic
By: Vianney Rodriguez of Sweet Life Bake
½ cup diced fresh watermelon, seeds removed
4 lime slices
6 fresh mint leaves
4 ounces gin
1 (8.45 oz) Perrier Watermelon Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
How to make it: In a shaker, muddle fresh watermelon, lime slices and mint leaves. Add gin and fill with ice. Shake well and strain evenly into two glasses filled with ice. Top off each glass with Perrier Watermelon. Add watermelon slices, fresh mint leaves and enjoy!
Directions: In a small pan add water and sugar then bring it to boil. Cook until the sugar is dissolved,then set aside to cool. Puree watermelon in batches and place in a large bowl. Add sugar syrup and lemon juice and mix well. Place in a 13×9 dish,cover and place it in the freezer until firm. Puree frozen mixture before serving.
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After all, it's one of the healthiest fruits out there, so there's no stopping us now.