watermelon juiceI'll take a hot summer day over any other extreme weather year round, but I couldn't get through it without one seasonal staple: Fresh fruit! Blueberries, pineapples, mangoes, strawberries, and oh yeah -- melon galore. Specifically, watermelon galore. Mmm. Seriously, who needs rich, fat-laden desserts when you can have a sugary, juicy slice of watermelon?

Okay, sometimes -- especially when you've had it plain a couple of times during the summer already and you get spoiled -- you may wanna mix it up and eat it a different way. That's why there are a slew of rockin' recipes utilizing blissful, perfectly summery sweet watermelon. Check 'em out ... 

  1. Minted watermelon salad - It might sound a little wacky at first, but when you taste the flavors and experience the fresh factor of this delish lunch or dinner starter, you'll be forever mind blown.
  2. Watermelon Lime Cooler - All you need is three ingredients and you've got yourself a drink that was made for the beach
  3. Watermelon Jelly - Of course we've never met a berry preserve we didn't like, but what about a melon one? Yummy.
  4. Drunken Watermelon - This one's a crowd-pleaser for all you party animals!
  5. Watermelon Margarita - If a drink like this is on a menu, it has my name written all over it. Especially if it's au naturel!
  6. Watermelon Soda Float - If you'd rather go the more innocent route, try this soda shop delight made with lime frozen yogurt. Nommm.
  7. Strawberry Watermelon Cake - What's better than one summer fruit in a dessert? TWO, obviously!

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What watermelon recipes will you make this summer?