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Healthy Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon has fewer than 50 calories per cup and is full of healthy nutrients like potassium and vitamin A, making it an excellent food for a healthy diet. The mildly sweet flavor of watermelon is a great addition to recipes such as watermelon salad, watermelon drinks, and watermelon salsa. Enjoy a juicy taste of summer with these healthy watermelon recipes.


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    • Grilled Watermelon Salad

      Show off your DIY culinary skills with homemade pickled radishes and vinaigrette in this fresh salad recipe. Or simplify the recipe with our shortcuts and make-ahead tips. Either way you get a nutrition-packed salad thanks to ingredients such as quinoa, veggies, creamy avocado, and, of course, refreshing watermelon.

    • Watermelon-Berry Sorbet

      Scoop up a frozen taste of summer with an icy dessert under 100 calories. This simple sorbet gets refreshing flavor from juicy watermelon, berries, and an infusion of lemon herb.

    • Melon and Herb Bread Salad

      Tangy feta cheese and sweet watermelon team up with lots of veggies for a beautiful summer salad. Top the salad recipe with cooked meat, fish, or tofu, or serve it alongside a light, protein-base entree for a well-balanced meal.

    • Watermelon-Kiwi Pops

      Skip sugar-laden purchased ice pops in favor of these 70-calorie fresh-fruit pops. A layer of watermelon offers refreshing sweetness, while the kiwifruit layer lends a tantalizing tang for a fun flavor combo on a stick.

    • Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

      Club soda adds calorie-free sparkle to this summer lemonade recipe while allowing the delicious flavors of strawberries and watermelon to shine through.

    • Tomatillo-Watermelon Salad

      This Mexican-inspired salad is exploding with flavor (and vitamin A, thanks to the abundance of watermelon) from a fresh herb dressing. Top the healthy salad with cooked steak or chicken for a full meal, or serve it alongside tacos, enchiladas, or other Mexican classics.

    • Grilled Tuna with Sweet-and-Heat Salsa

      Banish the idea that watermelon is just for sweets. Here it's paired with sweet pepper, green onion, and mint for a fresh twist on salsa. Spooned over marinated and grilled tuna, the watermelon salsa adds subtle sweet balance to a savory meal.

    • Melon-Berry Agua Fresca

      Requiring just four simple ingredients and a blender, this fruity summer drink is a breeze to make. A splash of lime juice and naturally sweet honey enhances the flavor of fresh summer berries and watermelon.

    • Italian Fruit Salad

      This colorful medley of fruit features all of summer's finest -- watermelon, berries, and grapes -- tossed in a tangy-sweet dressing for a low-cal dessert, side dish, or snack.

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      Flatbread Panzanella with Watermelon, Feta, and Mint

      Fresh, juicy watermelon adds a unique twist to the classic bread salad recipe for a side dish that contains veggies, grains, fruit, and dairy. Serve it with your favorite cooked protein for a complete, healthy meal.

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      Our Top Tips on How to Make Lemonade

      How will you get the most juice from your lemon? Is there a perfect ratio for water to lemon juice? Watch to learn the answers.

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      Sorbet Melon Parfaits

      For the ultimate refreshing summer dessert, pour a splash of champagne over scoops of sorbet and melon. The classic melon trio of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew becomes an elegant, low-cal dessert with a bit of bubbly and mint garnish.

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      Watermelon-Mint Coolers

      When you combine watermelon, ginger ale, lime juice, and mint, the result is a summer drink that's sophisticated enough for adults with ingredients familiar enough to be kid-friendly. It's a win-win!

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      Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

      In just 20 minutes you can be enjoying this low-carb summer dinner. Shrimp and veggies cook up quickly in the same skillet for a no-fuss meal that's excellent for busy weeknights.

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      Watermelon Gazpacho

      We gave this refreshingly cold summer soup a delicious twist by adding lots of watermelon. Serve it as a light first course at your next summer dinner party, garnished with a bit of fresh dill for pretty presentation.

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      Around the country, farmers bring their abundance to town, allowing us to feast through all four seasons (if you fill the freezer). We've gathered our favorite dinner recipes, side dishes, and snacks (plus a few dessert recipes!) to showcase market-fresh fruits, veggies, honey, and herbs.
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