It's officially August, and watermelon rituals are in full swing. Whether you pair it with mint or drizzle it with olive oil, cut it into cubes or scoop it out to the light of an ajar fridge, the fruit is a powerful reminder of summertime play—and a healthy one at that. Packed with vitamins and heart-healthy lycopene, watermelon is a hydrating and relatively low-sugar treat.
So forget relegating the red-and-green to barbecues and late-night snack sessions. These recipes will help you turn it into the star of the show from now till Labor Day.
Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Cooler
This recipe is easy to make in a pinch when you're craving something cool, and the hibiscus tea lends a rich, unexpected flavor.
Grilled Watermelon Salad
Nothing screams summer like fruit on the grill. This easy side is sweet, smoky, and just a little bit cheesy.
Watermelon Feta Salad
Edamame, avocado, and onion add some depth to your standard salty-sweet salad and give this dish the prettiest color scheme you ever did see.
Watermelon Poke Bowl
This vegan take on a poke bowl looks like the real deal and tastes like a tropical vacation.
Another twist on an Asian classic, this watermelon sashimi is surprisingly addictive thanks to the ginger and wasabi glaze.
Fruity gazpacho makes for the perfect summertime dinner-party appetizer, but a big bowl of this on a hot weeknight sounds pretty dreamy too.
Throw jalapeño, watermelon juice, and a pinch of agave into an icy glass, and you're well on your way to the perfect summer happy hour at home.
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability and Health Director at mindbodygreen and the author of Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us. She is also the co-author of The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care, which she wrote alongside Lindsay Kellner.
Emma received her B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy with a specialty in environmental communications from Duke University. In addition to penning over 1,000 mbg articles on topics from the water crisis in California to the rise of urban beekeeping, her work has appeared on Grist, Bloomberg News, Bustle, and Forbes. She's spoken about the intersection of self-care and sustainability on podcasts and live events alongside environmental thought leaders like Marci Zaroff, Gay Browne, and Summer Rayne Oakes.