What a melon!

Story by Michelle Boaen Jameson

There’s nothing better than biting into a cool slice of juicy watermelon on a hot Southern day. Whether you grow your own or pick one up from a produce stand, watermelon is a sure sign that summer has arrived.

But what if you don’t want the usual melon balls or wedges? There are plenty of other ways to enjoy watermelon, from salsa to ice cream. Get creative with this quintessential summer fruit.

Watermelon ice cream

2 cups cubed watermelon
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a loaf pan and freeze for 3 hours.
2. Remove mixture from loaf pan and blend again. Pour back into loaf pan and freeze for another hour. Serve.

Margarita Watermelon

1 watermelon, cut into triangles
1 cup tequila
1/3 cup triple sec
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt, for garnish
Lime zest or melon slice for garnish

1. In a large dish, layer watermelon. Pour over tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Let soak 1 hour.
2. On a small plate, mix together salt and lime zest.
3. Garnish watermelon slices and serve.

Watermelon Salsa

1/2 baby seedless watermelon
1 large mango, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
2 limes, zested and juiced
1 Pinch salt
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 bag Tortilla chips

1. Slice one baby seedless watermelon in half lengthwise. Trim a little off of the rounded edge of the watermelon, so it sits up like a bowl without rolling around. Use a spoon to scoop out the watermelon flesh of one half—being careful not to scoop all the way through the trimmed bottom—forming a bowl with the watermelon rind. Dice the watermelon flesh into bite-sized pieces.
2. Pour the diced watermelon, mango, onion, jalapeño, lime juice, lime zest, salt and cilantro into a large mixing bowl, tossing to combine.
3. Spoon the salsa into the watermelon bowl. The salsa tastes better as the flavors sit, so if you can, refrigerate this for 20-30 minutes before serving.
4. Serve with tortilla chips.

All recipes by Delish.com

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