Wonderful Watermelon Recipes for Summer

Words: Emma Nkunzana

With only a couple of months left of summer, it’s time we start squeezing every bit of summery-related goodness out of life, and nothing says ‘summer’ quite like watermelon. These are our favourite watermelon recipes, and some reasons why we love this pretty pink and green fruit.

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Did you know…

>> Watermelon gets its deep red colouring from the phytonutrient, lycopene, just like tomatoes do. This nutrient is actually found in higher quantities in watermelons.

>> The riper and redder your watermelon, the higher the levels of antioxidants/amino acids.

>> Every part of watermelon is edible! In fact the white bits close to the rind are pretty nutrient-dense. Don’t even think about spitting out those pips – swallow them or lightly roast for a snack. Lastly, if you aren’t already doing so, be sure to pickle those rinds.

Wonderful Watermelon Recipes

Oysters with Watermelon & Lime Granita

Freshly shucked oysters paired with a zesty watermelon granita – sublime!
Recipe for Oysters with Watermelon & Lime Granita

Cherry Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho

Gazpacho is the perfect summer meal. We’ve filled ours with the goodness of cherry tomatoes and watermelon.
Recipe for Cherry Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho

watermelon recipes Watermelon & Coconut Vodka Motjo
Watermelon Recipes Watermelon and Coconut Cocktail

Watermelon & Coconut Mojito

We’ll drink to this tropical flavour explosion – perfect for those poolside days.
Recipe for Watermelon & Coconut Mojito

Watermelon Crowd Pleaser Cocktail

Need to impress some guests in a hurry? Bookmark this recipe.
Recipe for Watermelon Crowd Pleaser Cocktail

Watermelon labneh Salad with Granola
Watermelon Recipes Charred Watermelon Bocconcini

Watermelon Labneh Salad with Granola & Mint

A salad that can easily be eaten for breakfast, and will keep you going strong!
Recipe for Watermelon Labneh Salad

Charred Watermelon Bocconcini Salad

Charring watermelon on a griddle pan not only gives you the opportunity to score some presentation points, but also neutralises some of the intense sweetness.
Recipe for Charred Watermelon Bocconcini Salad

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watermelon recipes oysters with pickled watermelon wasabi emulsion

Watermelon Salad with Pickled Red Onions & Marinated Feta

Sweet watermelon pairs well with contrasting flavours like tangy pickled onions, marinated feta and radish in this salad.
Recipe for Watermelon Salad with Pickled Red Onions & Marinated Feta

Oysters with Pickled Watermelon Wasabi Emulsion

Finally, a recipe for your watermelon rind – created by the talented chef, Arno Janse.
Recipe for Oysters with Pickled Watermelon

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Watermelon Maasbanker Bokkom Salad

This recipe makes use of the wonderful flavours of the West Coast – a local fave.
Recipe for Watermelon Maasbanker Bokkom Salad

Watermelon Refresher Lollies

Just when you thought summer couldn’t get any fresher, we go and make watermelon lollies!
Recipe for Watermelon Lollies

Want to know what’s in season when? Check out our seasonal fruit and vegetable guide.

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