Ways to Enjoy Watermelon
Darci Bell

Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

No matter how you slice it, watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit. Enjoy it by itself or use it in some of our favorite watermelon-based dishes!  

What sets watermelon apart?

  • Watermelon is full of nutrients. One cup of watermelon is a good source of vitamin C. This summer fruit also has many other vitamins and minerals, like vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium. [1] 
  • You can choose a ripe watermelon by picking it up. It should be heavy for its size and have a creamy yellow spot on its underside where it sat on the ground. [2] 
  • Watermelon ranks #1 on the list of budget-friendly fruits, at only 14 cents per serving. You can feed up to 36 people with just one watermelon! [2] 
  • Watermelon contains a special nutrient called lycopene (lie-koh-peen). Lycopene is a red pigment that occurs naturally in plants and is known for its antioxidant activity in the body. It is also the secret to the red color of tomatoes, too! [3] 

cut half of a watermelon lays on a bed of other uncut watermelons

Looking for ways to stay hydrated?

Watermelon is 92% water, so it is a great thirst quencher when you want something besides water. [4] Or maybe you do want water but you want to add a little flavor? Watermelon pairs well with lemon or lime juice. You can also use fresh herbs like mint or basil to bring new levels of flavor to your water. Give your watermelon-infused water an added twist by using your favorite seltzer water instead!  

For other creative ways to flavor your water, check out our 4 Fruit Infused Water recipes. We also love this simple, 2-ingredient recipe for Watermelon Agua Fresca, a fruit-based drink that is popular in Mexico and other Latin American countries. No blender needed! 

 

watermelon agua fresca in a glass with a lime garnish

Interested in other ways to enjoy this summer fruit? Here are some of our favorites!

Sliced Watermelon with Cinnamon Dip

Nothing beats a classic slice of watermelon in the summer. Pair your slice with our delicious cinnamon dip to take this treat to the next level. 

Watermelon Salsa

UGA Cooperative Extension has a great watermelon salsa recipe for you to try: 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups watermelon 
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped 
  • 1/4 cup onion, red or white, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro or mint, fresh, chopped (optional) 
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped, or hot sauce to taste 1/4 cup lime juice or lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, white or brown 

Directions 

In a medium-size bowl, stir together all ingredients. Taste and season with more lemon or lime juice, sugar if needed. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes. Serve with grilled or broiled fish or chicken. 

Find the nutrition facts label for the recipe here. 

Watermelon Salad

Add cubed watermelon on top of your favorite summer salad for a refreshing twist. Tip: watermelon goes great with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing! 

Watermelon Pizza

This is a fun way to prepare watermelon with your kids. Start by cutting a thick slice off of the watermelon’s side, about 2-3 inches thick. You should have a circle of watermelon that will serve as the pizza “crust.” 

Next, spread vanilla or coconut flavored yogurt across the red part of the watermelon to serve as your “sauce.” Then, add whatever toppings you like! Try berries, sliced strawberries, nuts, seeds, mint leaves, coconut flakes, or chocolate chips. 

watermelon pizza topped with yogurt and fruit

Are you a Georgia resident?

Watermelon is Georgia’s #1 produce crop. [5] In fact, the Watermelon Days Festival held in Cordele, GA is the oldest festival in the state! Activities are planned each year for the month of June to celebrate the fruit and its farmers and buyers. For more information on the festival and how you can join in on the fun, check out this web page 

Since Georgia is home to the “Watermelon Capital of the World,” there are many local growers where you can purchase a Georgia-grown watermelon. [4] Use this link to find a farmer or seller near you!  

little girl eating a watermelon

Written by Taylor Newman, Ph.D., RDN, LD, and Darci Bell, RDN, LD | Reviewed by Leslie Davis, MS, RD, LD, CDCES, and the Nutrition Education Team   

Posted: July 5, 2021 

[1] USDA FoodData Central 

[2] UGA Cooperative Extension 

[3] USDA ARS Online Magazine  

[4] Georgia Grown 

[5] City of Cordele 

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