Today is National Watermelon Day. If you’ve only enjoyed watermelon by the slice or in fruit salad—or a Watermelon Martini—here are new ways to enjoy the summer favorite:
Chocolate Watermelon. Drizzle a slice of watermelon with chocolate sauce.
Coconut “Cake.” Cut 8-9-inch circles from the middle of a large watermelon. Use them as cake layers and fill with coconut whipped cream.
Cupcakes. Make watermelon “cupcakes” by adding scoops of fresh watermelon to paper cupcake holders. Ice with vanilla or fruit yogurt, and garnish with sprinkles or chopped nuts (photo at left).
Dessert Nachos. Top triangles of watermelon with vanilla yogurt and pistachio nuts or chocolate chips.
Dessert Pizza. Top a circle of watermelon, cut into triangular slices, with coconut, raisins, sultanas and white chocolate chips (photo below). To make this your fruit-and-cheese course, replace the coconut with crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese.
Dippers. For a healthy snack, serve watermelon spears with a dip of fruit yogurt.
Ice Cream Topping. Purée watermelon and use it as a sauce on frozen yogurt, ice cream or sorbet. It’s a more summery version of raspberry purée. Use any leftover purée to make a Watermelon Martini.
Sorbet. Make conventional sorbet or granita.
Sundae. Watermelon pairs nicely with pistachio or vanilla ice cream. Top a scoop of fresh watermelon with a scoop of ice cream.
These and many other delicious recipes are available at Watermelon.org.