10 Tiny Upgrades Your Watermelon Is Begging You to Try

10 Tiny Upgrades Your Watermelon Is Begging You to Try

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Kelli Foster
Sep 1, 2016
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Sweet, juicy watermelon is a summer staple, right along with ice pops, sprinklers, and meals cooked on the grill. Even though we'll never tire of eating thick slices out of hand, we're reaching in the pantry and fridge for some help to experience summer's favorite melon in a brand new way.

Why These Upgrades Make Watermelon More Fun

All of these upgrades require few ingredients, little work, and a few extra minutes of your time. They have a way of making watermelon more irresistible than it already is with a few playful twists.

Dessert Reimagined

Watermelon is already a sweet treat on its own, but that doesn't mean we can't take it a step further. Scooped straight from the fruit, watermelon can be served fresh or frozen in an ice cream cone (just don't forget the whipped cream and cherry!). Sandwiched between graham crackers and cool whip, watermelon is the whimsical solution to fire-free s'more. Let watermelon be the fruit of choice that mingles with granola and honey in a yogurt parfait. And if dessert for you isn't complete without chocolate, pop a wedge of watermelon in the freezer before dipping it a melted pool of your favorite dark chocolate.

Sweet and Savory Power Couples

Savory and salty foods play well with watermelon and have a way of making its natural sweetness shine even brighter. A salty piece of prosciutto along with a drizzle of tangy balsamic vinegar is the ultimate contrast to crisp cubes of melon. When watermelon is combined with rice vinegar, sliced red onions, and chile flakes, the resulting salad a must-try summer side.

Spice It Up

Sometimes the simplest upgrades are hiding within arm's reach in the spice cabinet. If you haven't experienced Tajín seasoning, grab a piece of watermelon, because it's the best way to get acquainted with this classic Mexican seasoning. A blend of salt, coarse-ground black pepper, and lime juice perks up watermelon and ignites your senses in an expected way with a combination of sweet, salty, spicy, and tangy all in the same bite.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Inspired by Cocktails

Take a page from the playbook of your favorite cocktail to make watermelon something to sip on. Blend it and mix with seltzer and ice for a fizzy slushie (booze optional), or soak wedges in tequila and freeze for the easiest boozy ice pop you can make.

Upgrade Your Fresh Watermelon

This sweet series takes you on an adventure to experience watermelon in a brand new way. With the help of no more than four common pantry ingredients, we'll show you how to transform this already-delectable summer staple into something even more extraordinary.

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