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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    Watermelon-Berry Sorbet

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

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    Pork Tacos with Spicy Watermelon Salsa

    Succulent grilled pork seasoned generously with a smoky-garlic rub is topped with a sweet-spicy salsa made from fresh watermelon to make taco night a whole new experience.

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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.

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    Spicy Watermelon Salad

    Fan of sweet and heat? Here’s your salad! Fiery serrano chiles team with refreshing watermelon and briny feta for an explosion of flavor in each bite and only 116 calories per serving!

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    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.

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    Cucumber and Watermelon Salad with Arugula and Feta

    Crisp, juicy, crunchy, and fresh. This summer salad is perfect for potlucks, parties, and family dinners. Sweet watermelon takes top billing with peppery arugula, but the 25-minute start-to-finish time will be your favorite part.

     

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 this watermelon salsa over marinated and grilled tuna to add subtle sweet balance to a savory meal.

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    Watermelon-Berry Limeade

    Summer calls for fruity drinks, and this watermelon drink—with only 72 calories and no added sugar—could not be easier! Toss four ingredients into a blender and pour over ice. You’ll want to make this in bulk so refills are at the ready.

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    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.

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    Melon and Herb Bread Salad

    Tangy feta cheese and sweet watermelon team 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.

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    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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    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 a sprinkle of fresh mint.

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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 enjoy this low-carb summer dinner. Shrimp and veggies cook quickly in the same skillet for a no-fuss meal that's excellent for busy weeknights.

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    Red-on-Red Chicken Salad with Feta-and-Honey Balsamic Drizzle

    Watermelon seldom stars in a main dish, but we broke the mold with this chicken salad recipe. With fresh strawberries and purchased deli chicken, multiple food groups come together to create a salad you'll want to feast on all summer.

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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, topped with a bit of fresh dill for pretty presentation.

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