Summer is officially here, and we’re welcoming it with open arms. Is there anything more wonderful? As novelist Henry James once wrote, “Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up seven recipes featuring the quintessential fruit of summer: watermelon. From sorbet to salad, margaritas to popsicles, these watermelon recipes are perfect for cooling off on a hot sunshine-filled summer afternoon. We think Henry James would approve.

 

1. Watermelon Feta Salad with Blueberries from Cooking for My Soul

From the website: “This watermelon feta salad with blueberries is my new favorite summer recipe! Fresh watermelon, crumbled feta, plump blueberries, basil, and mint, tossed with a quick honey lime dressing. It is so good!”

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2. Watermelon Sorbet from Ayla Rianne

From the website: “This watermelon sorbet will keep you cool during those hot summer days. Only three ingredients, it is a healthy alternative to satisfy that sweet tooth!”

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3.Watermelon Margaritas from The Cookie Rookie

From the website: “Watermelon Margaritas are the perfect summer cocktail! Get that fresh and fruity watermelon flavor in a delicious and easy margarita recipe that everyone will love. This watermelon margarita recipe is super refreshing, tasty, and pretty cute too. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than with a watermelon cocktail!”

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4. Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie from Snacking in Sneakers

From the website: “Picture this:  It’s a hot day outside and you’ve just come in from a tough run.  You’re thirsty and want to replenish some of those fluid losses.  All the sudden, a handsome butler walks out holding this watermelon cucumber smoothie. OK, maybe the handsome butler is a bit of stretch. 😉 But you can whip this up for yourself after a run in just a few short minutes, and it is such a refreshing way to hydrate.”

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5. Watermelon Fries with Coconut Lime Dip from Abbey’s Kitchen

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Instructions: https://www.abbeyskitchen.com/watermelon-fries/

From the website: “These easy Watermelon Sticks are such a fun and delicious snack that is perfect for the summertime! They’re gluten-free, vegan, and take little to no time to make!”

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6. Watermelon Pizza from Mom on Timeout

From the website: “Watermelon Pizza is the perfect treat for a hot summer day! Watermelon wedges are topped with a simple cream cheese glaze and a variety of fresh fruit. The perfect hand-held poolside snack!”

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7. Cherry Watermelon Popsicles from Exploring Healthy Foods

From the website: “Cherry Watermelon Popsicle recipe that is healthy, easy and deliciously sweet! Super refreshing on a hot summer day!”

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at shelooksforadventure.com, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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