What could possibly be more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold slice of watermelon? Watermelons are at their peak right now, and not only are they sweet and delicious, but they are also good for you. Watermelon is only 46 calories a cup and is high in vitamins C and A and has many healthy plant compounds.

Watermelon helps you hydrate because of its high water content, and at the same time helps you feel full because of its fiber. It contains many important nutrients which makes it a tasty low calorie treat which is also good for your health.

Since watermelons are in plentiful supply right now, it’s the perfect time to try some watermelon recipes. A great site to find “out-of-the-box” watermelon recipes is sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board which represents more than 800 growers, shippers and importers. Here are just a few intriguing recipes from that site.

Fresh Mozzarella Watermelon Salad

The combination of the sweetness of watermelon with the creaminess of mozzarella mixed with fresh basil, scallions and salad greens is very delicious. This is a great dish for a warm summer lunch or dinner.

Charcuterie Board

Fix this for your next gathering or for a “grazing” supper. Watermelon wedges, berries, goat cheese, salted nuts, an assortment of cured meats plus anything else that strikes your fancy will make this board a hit with your guests and your family.

Watermelon Cake

All you need to make (not bake) this cake is half of a watermelon (without the rind), Cool Whip and strawberries, blueberries and blackberries for decorating. Put the watermelon on a cake stand, flat side down, “ice” with Cool Whip and decorate with the berries. People will be so surprised when you cut into it!

Watermelon Kabobs

This one is an easy, fast, no mess meal. Just thread cubes of watermelon, smoked turkey and cheese onto coffee stirrers or beverage straws and you are good to go!

Watermelon Green Tea

This tea is perfect for brunch or a refreshing afternoon pick me up. All you need is green tea (either homemade or bottled), frozen watermelon cubes and honey. Add all ingredients to a pitcher, stir and enjoy!

There are so many more recipes using watermelon on this site. Be sure to check it out by clicking here.

– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!


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