5 Yummy Watermelon Recipes

Don't let extra watermelon go to waste. Here's how to use it—rind and all.

I had a watermelon sitting around for over a week. I’d intended to serve it at a barbecue, but we ended up having more than enough food without it so I left it stashed. (Some hostess I am.) Problem is, how am I supposed to devour an entire watermelon quickly enough to keep it from going bad? Solution: Get creative.

I ate it plain ol’ sliced, of course, but I also marinated watermelon cubes with balsamic vinegar, fresh mint and some tomatoes for a super delicious salad. Blended it up, watermelon puree spiked with gin made for a really yummy cocktail. It also made for a good salad topper over lettuce and toasted pine nuts. Before I knew it, the watermelon was gone.

Need more ideas? Check out the five drool-worthy watermelon recipes below.

Watermelon-Feta Appetizer
via Snack Girl

Entertaining’s a snap with this stacked watermelon-and-feta app. All ya need are some toothpicks.

Watermelon Gazpacho
via Eating Well

Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer eats—but it never dawned on me to add some watermelon to the tomato mix. Now I can’t get it out of my head.

Grilled Watermelon Salad
via The Daily Meal

Did you know you can grill watermelon? Yeah, me neither, but this salad sounds too good to pass up.

Fish Tacos with Watermelon Salsa
via The Food Network

You had me at wild striped bass.

Watermelon Rind Relish
via Cooking Light

If you’re one of those use-every-part-of-the-animal types, here’s a way to put the watermelon rind to good use.

>> What’s your favorite way to eat watermelon? Share your recipes in the comments!