It’s no surprise that watermelon is a healthy, hydrating and gorgeous looking summer fruit, but there are more uses for this melon than you might realize.
With the help of a few power tools, turn a watermelon into a tasty adult beverage and a serving vessel. It’s one-stop shopping with a batch of this punch for 275 calories per serving.
Recipe: Watermelon Punch Keg (pictured above)
A quick sizzle on the grill and cool watermelon makes a hot salad! Cooking also enhances the cell-protecting powder of the antioxidant lycopene.
Recipe: Grilled Watermelon Salad
Grab a bag of tortilla chips and call over the neighbors. If you thought tomato salsa was refreshing try this recipe on for size; your guests with beg for the recipe.
Dunk the flesh and the rind into a sweet and salty brine, you’ll cut down in waste and have a fabulous snack to show for it.
Recipe: Pickled Watermelon Rinds
Got a ton of watermelon on hand? Get more mileage out of that fruit by juicing: the only equipment required is a blender and a fine mesh sieve. Use the juice for cocktails and smoothies; it can be also frozen or mixed with pectin and sugar to make a stunning watermelon jam.
Recipe: Watermelon Juice
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.
*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.