There's nothing sweeter than snacking on a juicy slice of watermelon. But you might not realize that this is a healthy habit! Watermelon is 92 percent water and rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and lycopene, an antioxidant that supports a healthy heart and bones. Go beyond the bowl of cubed pink melon and enjoy inventive recipes for a delicious change of pace.
Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho
Sweet and spicy, this watermelon gazpacho soup blends a healthy array of hydrating produce with herbs and the right hit of heat.
Watermelon, Radish, and Avocado Tacos
Haylie Duff stopped by POPSUGAR Food to spread the good word about her vegan-friendly watermelon taco recipe. Paired with crunchy radish and creamy avocado, these watermelon tacos are a light and refreshing take on classic Mexican fare.
Perfect for hot days, this hydrating, cold-pressed watermelon juice is a healthy hack of one of our favorite OnJuice offerings. Even better, it helps banish belly bloat!
For a sweet ending to a Summer meal, enjoy a scoop of icy watermelon granita that doesn't require a fancy kitchen appliance or ice cream maker. We like to think of this dessert as a grown-up snow cone.
If you love a chilled Summer soup, it's time to blend up this inventive gazpacho recipe from Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun ($28), the new cookbook from Daphne Oz (Dr. Oz's daughter!). Sweet, spicy, and refreshing, this cooling soup blends a healthy array of hydrating produce like cucumbers and watermelon with fresh herbs and the right hit of spice.
Vitamin-C-rich jalapeños get their heat from the compound capsaicin that also works to boost your endorphin levels. While you might not be smiling once you complete all the chopping this soup requires, the good news is you can prep the produce a one or two days in advance and blend it all together once you're ready to enjoy.
Keep reading to spice up your Summer supper with this gazpacho recipe.
Summertime and the living is hot! Make sure you keep cool this Summer by getting plenty of water, but it all doesn't have to come from straight H2O. Loads of produce like what you'll find in this recipe for a watermelon-cucumber cooler are full of hydrating water. Stock up on these Summer fruits, grab your slow juicer, and get ready to wow your friends at the next backyard barbecue. Added bonus: this juice is brimming with antioxidants and debloating properties.
If you're in search for an easy, vegan-friendly appetizer that is sure to impress, try your hand at these watermelon tacos. This light and refreshing dish from actress, singer, and food blogger Haylie Duff is perfect for Summer entertaining, especially as a refreshing lunch. The combination of juicy watermelon, creamy avocado, crisp radishes, and nutty pignolias is unforgettable and only takes minutes to make. Watch the video to see exactly how Haylie does it — and for a few tips — then try it for yourself.
Nothing beats the heat like shaved ice or a refreshing snow cone, that is until you feel the weight of all the corn syrup these icy treats contain. Skip the artificially flavored treats and make our all-natural watermelon granita instead. You only need five ingredients to do so, and there's nothing fake or unhealthy in this vitamin-packed recipe.
It's not really Summer until you have enjoyed a big slice of watermelon. But when the seeds just won't do, take a sip of this refreshing watermelon-mint cooler, inspired by one of our favorite OnJuice concoctions. Perfect for hot Summer days, this hydrating, cold-pressed juice is full of antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Add to that the debloating properties of mint, and you've found yourself the go-to health elixir of the season!
Learn how to make this refreshing drink after the break!
Latin cooking authority Ingrid Hoffmann visited our New York City studio to share a favorite recipe from her latest book, Latin d'Lite
, her perfect-for-Summer watermelon and blueberry gazpacho. (Side note: we love the cookbook's watermelon-mango salsa, too.) Ingrid offered modifications to the recipe to adjust for seasonal variations, so it can be enjoyed year-round. Watch the video for these tips and to see how it's made, then get the recipe.
Bust out the tortilla chips and your appetite: it's time to take chips and salsa on a tropical vacation. Bright, slightly sweet, and spicy, this watermelon, mango, and cucumber salsa might not yet be a classic, but that's quite possibly about to change. Whether piled high atop a chip, tacos (it'd be particularly lovely with salmon or other fish options), or just eaten salad-style with a spoon, this refreshing Summer-friendly recipe will keep you coming back for bite after bite.
What can possibly top biting into a slice of watermelon so juicy that it threatens to drip down your chin? Not much, but this ultrasimple salad is a strong contender. Watermelon's subtly floral sweetness complements mozzarella's mild creaminess, and cherry tomatoes' tang (try orange Sweet 100s if you can find them; they're as lovely as their name implies). Add a drizzle of oil, vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt to tie it all together, and the resulting salad is pretty darn perfect.
For the best of both worlds, save a slice of watermelon for dessert! Get the low-fuss recipe.