Four easy and delicious ways to enjoy watermelon this summer. These simple, healthy recipes are kid-approved!
Little Bear woke me up this balmy summer morning eager to paint. I poured the primary colors into small glass jars for him and watched as he explored with watercolor. The first color he dipped his brush into was red.
I started thinking about how exceptionally beautiful the mountains are in autumn when the leaves turn shades of red — it’s like living in a painting. Then I reminded myself to enjoy this precious moment and try to savor every last drop of this summer.
Ways to Enjoy Watermelon: Simple Watermelon Recipes
This summer we have enjoyed lots of red fruits. While I love making smoothies and einkorn sourdough cobbler with fresh strawberries, there’s something extra special about ripe, juicy watermelons. This healthy fruit has flavored our homemade kombucha, and it was the first food I put in our new dehydrator.
Keep reading to learn four fun ways to enjoy watermelon, from sipping to snacking on it. Each method highlights this sweet seasonal staple. More importantly, each of these ways is super simple, which means more time to enjoy restful moments and soak up the season.
Quarter a watermelon, remove the rind, then slice into 1/4″ pieces. Dehydrate at 135 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12-15 hours. Trust me, it it’s worth the wait for this summery snack; it’s like nature’s candy! It’s a great way to preserve summer’s bounty, but it never lasts longer than a few days here on the mountain.
Make this icy summertime treat by blending cubes of frozen watermelon. (Alternatively, you could skip the freezer and add ice to the blender.) It makes a yummy purée for little ones. I recommend trying it with a little maple syrup or honey and a squeeze of lime juice.
Slice a watermelon and scoop spoonfuls into a blender to create a liquid. If there are seeds or lots of pulp, you can pour it through a fine mesh strainer. It’s a refreshing and nutritious way to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Plus, you can use the juice to flavor other recipes.
Simply slice and blend a (preferably seedless) watermelon, then pour the juice into popsicle molds and freeze. I usually make my kids nettle popsicles, so this is a colorful way to switch things up when watermelons are available at the Farmer’s Market.
Pin these simple recipe ideas of kid-approved ways to enjoy watermelon for later.
Hope you enjoy these fun ways to enjoy watermelon as much as we do here on the mountain! Let me know your favorite in the comments.