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Ahh, watermelon. The juiciest, most flavorful summer fruit there ever was. We love including luscious watermelon in cocktails and fruity salads, but it can do so much more! Read on for some of our favorite bloggers’ takes on wonderful watermelon.

Naturally, we’re starting things off with a zingy, fresh cocktail! These Watermelon Mexican Mules from The Candid Appetite feature tequila instead of traditional Moscow Mule vodka—but who’s complaining?

Molly from My Name is Yeh created these tiny watermelon-and-yogurt cakes for her baby chickens’ first birthday! For a more human-friendly version, she recommends lightly-sweetened yogurt or whipped cream to slather between watermelon slices.

We can always count on Half Baked Harvest to deliver on colorful, incredibly flavor-packed dishes, and these Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Margaritas are no exception. Whether you like your margs frozen or on the rocks, you won’t want to miss these.

If you’re already making delectable watermelon margaritas, you might as well save some watermelon to make the zesty salsa for these Grilled Halibut Tacos with Watermelon Salsa from Heather Christo. Serrano chili pepper, fresh cilantro, and lime are a perfect match for sweet, juicy watermelon.

There’s no better way to beat the heat than with an ultra-cool fruit-and-ice pop, like these Raspberry-Strawberry-Watermelon Pops from I Am a Food Blog. We love the tip about blending the fruit but not ALL the way—so there’s still delightful little chunks of fruit for texture.

Okay, we know there are countless ways to make a watermelon cocktail. But you NEED to try these Watermelon Ginger Spritzers from Kitchen Konfidence! Vibrant watermelon paired with sassy ginger beer is the way to go.

These tart Watermelon Raspberry Sorbet Sandwiches  from Dessert for Two will make you forget all about those traditional ice cream sandwiches of yesteryear. We’d wager these would even taste amazing with a little burrata on top.

This Grilled Watermelon Salad from What Should I Make For is summer on a plate. Grilled watermelon, crispy prosciutto, and tangy balsamic dressing elevate this dish to ULTRA craveable.

Sure, you’ve had a wedge salad before. But you’ve never had one like this Joy the Baker creation! Pile watermelon high with greens, avocado, feta, and jalapeno for a Watermelon Wedge you’ll never forget.

These Watermelon, Feta, and Blackberry Skewers from A Healthy Life for Me could honestly pass for appetizers OR dessert. So… that means we can have some before AND after dinner, right!?

Get more irresistible watermelon recipes here.

 


We’re wild for watermelon, and not just a slice. This fun and fruity round-up features everything from watermelon pico de gallo to boozy watermelon slushies. Now that’s what we call summer.

Watermelon Tequila Pops

What’s better than a margarita? Watermelon-tequila push popsThe Little Epicurean looks to Grand Marnier for double the trouble.

Watermelon Caprese

Trendy pineapple isn’t the only fruit heating up these days. Give honey-brushed watermelon a quick flip on the grill, then top with all the makings of a classic caprese salad. Two favorites in one? Thanks, How Sweet It Is!

Spicy Watermelon Soda

Pop, fizz, drink. This Spicy Watermelon Soda from Vegetarian Ventures is pure summer in a glass, thanks to pureed watermelon and homemade jalapeno simple syrup. Keep it sassy with a squeeze of lime.

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

The spinach can wait. My Diary Of Us tosses watermelon, cucumber, and mint in honey for the salad of the summer. Lemon gives it a lip-puckering finish.

Watermelon Pico

This is the stuff epic summer parties are made of. Grab a bag of golden chips and scoop up some watermelon-mango pico from Damn Delicious for sweet, colorful deliciousness in every bite.

Boozy Slushies

Put the “chill” in chill out, with boozy strawberry-watermelon slushies from Cravings Of A Lunatic. Sparkling water makes the fruity concoction extra fizzy.

Watermelon Ice Pops

 Pool day? Don’t forget the pops! Eat Yourself Skinny looks to watermelon puree and lime sherbet to create the chilly treats. Think you see seeds? Spoiler alert: they’re actually chocolate chips. Genius!

It has been YEARS since I had a slushie.

Well, I guess only days, considering I had this one. And only a year or two, since I made mint julep slushies back in 2012. But I mean a legit slushie. Like a movie theater slushie or dare I say it: gas station slushie? Eeeek.

When I was a kid, the best slushies were at the concession stand of our local baseball fields. My brothers both played, so I spent what felt like hours at the fields but what was probably only an hour or so every few days. My slushie drug of choice?

Watermelon all the way. Or strawberry. But I almost always went for watermelon. And if I knew someone working at the stand, or heck, if we were working the stand (hello massive sugar rush), I’d mix a bunch of flavors because I could never decide.

One flavor I never got into even though everyone obsessed over it: blue raspberry. Also, grape. All things grape. I will forever be the person to eat all of the cherry, orange and lime popsicles, skittles and jelly beans, leaving all the grape ones behind.

These days, my slushie mixtures include a booze of choice apparently. I didn’t get into gin until a few years ago (I was firm in the camp of “this tastes like pine needles”), but now I find it refreshing and sort of even… like it. It’s wonderful mixed with fruit! Does this mean I’m old now?

Oh no.

Here is the ORIGINAL RECIPE. I modified it by:

-Using strawberry sorbet

-Pureeing the strawberries with a few teaspoons of water, and using that instead of the grapefruit juice

-Left out the vanilla ice cream

-Adding 4 to 5 cups of ice to the blender


Pomegranate Orange Champagne Cocktail on Delish Dish

The New Year is almost here!  I can’t believe my 2014 is wrapping up so soon.  It has been such a great year that I am a bit sad to see it leave me.  This year was filled with amazing experiences, opportunities and friends.  The only thing that is cheering me up is this Pomegranate Orange Champagne Cocktail.

New Year’s Eve is always filled with the best cocktails around.  I love seeing the ingenuity and seasonal fruit shine in delicious holiday drinks.  When I started looking for a holiday drink to serve tomorrow, I was totally drawn in by this Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail on BHG’s site.

The beautiful color is gloriously festive, the bits of pomegranate are like perfect ruby pearls, and the beautiful bubbles scream celebration time!  I loved the drink as is but wanted to add a mimosa twist.

Pomegranate Orange Champagne Cocktail on Delish Dish

Adding just a couple of tablespoons of fresh orange juice was just the ticket in creating the perfect holiday drink that could be served for brunch or your holiday party tomorrow!

I made these even more festive by serving them in fun martini glasses!  These were perfect for girly sipping because of the beautiful pink color.  And I love the bursts of deliciousness when I tasted a bit of pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate Orange Champagne Cocktail on Delish Dish

This is the perfect drink for getting your New Year up and running!  Serve this, and get 2015 off to a great start!


Hi, I’m Julie of The Little Kitchen and I am thrilled to be joining as a regular contributor to the BHG Delish Dish blog! I have been blogging for over 4 years now and have always been a huge fan of BHG.

Strawberry Sangria Popsicles | BHG Delish Dish

Since it’s summer and mostly likely very hot where you’re at, I really wanted to make popsicles! After chatting with the BHG team, I knew I wanted to make a boozy popsicle…so I changed up one of their recipes for Strawberry Sangria and made them into popsicles.

Strawberry Sangria Popsicles | BHG Delish Dish

I love strawberries! Wonderfully sweet and so colorful, I love anything with strawberries.

Strawberry Sangria Popsicles | BHG Delish Dish

The strawberry syrup in this recipe tastes amazing, I even used it as a base for another recipe I’m working on.

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Hey everyone!  It’s Ali, back from Gimme Some Oven to share with you the second recipe in our Month Of Drinks.  And I’m pretty sure you need to run out and grab the ingredients for this one stat because it is a perfect drink for summer entertaining — Strawberry Sangria!

I have had this recipe from BHG pinned for awhile to try because everything about it just seems to sing of summer.  From the pretty ripe berries, to the citrus-y orange, to the crisp white wine — yes, I love the twist of using white instead of red — it just seems made for warm evenings out on the back deck with friends.  Mine couldn’t stop raving about it.

 

If you’re the one doing the mixing, you can also rest easy because this strawberry sangria recipe is ridiculously easy to make.  And if you really want to make it easy, you can skip the step of making simple syrup (step 1 in the instructions) and instead just stir your wine and 1/2 cup of honey together until they honey is dissolved.  Then add in your fresh strawberries and half of the orange slices, cover and chill for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.  Then stir in the sparkling water and a few more orange slices before serving as the instructions say.

With this simple twist, you save an extra 10 or so minutes of prep time, and the sangria will be naturally sweetened.  Win-win.

The other bonus with making sangria is that you don’t need to invest in expensive wine, since all of the extra add-ins help to flavor it.  I keep a stash of a certain famous 2-buck (actually $3) wine on hand year-round especially for that reason.  :)

So do yourself and your friends a favor and whip up a batch to serve this summer!  You can find the recipe here, as part of the collection of BHG’s other delicious homemade sangrias.  Cheers, friends!


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