Biting into a slice of sweet, juicy watermelon is one of the most satisfying feelings you can experience on a hot day. And these simple watermelon recipes prove the fruit is also a versatile, superstar ingredient in the kitchen.

Its sweetness pairs perfectly with salty cheeses like feta in fresh salads, you can throw it on the grill, and it’s delicious in smoothies and cold soups.

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This is all great news since watermelon’s health benefits extend way beyond hydration. It contains more potassium than bananas (hello, electrolytes!), plenty of cancer-fighting lycopene, and compounds that may even boost your sex life (yes, please).

Ready to taste sweet summer bliss? Grab a sharp knife and crack open a watermelon—and get cooking.

12 Simple Watermelon Recipes You’ll Love

simple watermelon recipes1. Watermelon Gazpacho, Love & Lemons

2. Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie, Nutritious Life

3. Watermelon, Cucumber, and Goat Cheese Bites, The Fit Foodie Mama

4. Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad, Recipe Runner

simple watermelon recipe

5. Probiotic Watermelon Pizza, The Well Necessities

6. Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Salsa, The Girl Who Ate Everything

7. Creamy Watermelon Ice Cream, Recipes to Nourish

simple watermelon recipes

8. Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette, Nutrition Stripped

9. Summer Shrimp Salad, Real Simple

simple watermelon recipes

10. Watermelon Ginger Agua Fresca, Crunchy Radish

11. Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles, One Lovely Life

12. Cilantro Lime Grilled Watermelon, The Stay-At-Home Chef

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