Beat the heat: 6 refreshing ways with watermelon

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Cool off this weekend with one of these refreshing recipes starring watermelon. Think coolers, salsas, starters, mains (of course) and dessert.

A chilled watermelon wedge on a hot day is a summer favourite but there are so many more ways to enjoy the season’s juiciest, most thirst-quenching fruit.

The drink:

WATERMELON AND ROSEMARY COCKTAIL

Start sipping this five-ingredient cocktail and you won’t be able to stop. If you’d like an extra kick, add a tot of fynbos gin.

Get the recipe here.

If you like this, also try: watermelon, raspberry and mint cooler.

The salsa:

SEARED SALMON WITH WATERMELON SALSA

Watermelon infused with ginger, chilli, coriander, rice wine vinegar, limes and sesame oil is the perfect side to serve with seared salmon (or any mildly flavoured fish.) Plus, this meal takes only 30 minutes to make.

Get the recipe here.

If you like this, also try: starry watermelon salsa salad.

The starter:

TEMPURA PRAWN, AVOCADO AND MELON SALAD

It you love avocado ritz, then this is right up your alley, though this recipe has a little more crunch thanks to the tempura prawns.

Get the recipe here.

If you like this, also try: prosciutto with watermelon.

The salad:

JUICY WATERMELON SALAD WITH CUCUMBER AND CHILLI YOGHURT

Go big and make an impression with this watermelon salad featuring cucumber, mango, mint and fresh herbs. Serve with chilli yoghurt for a touch of heat.

Get the recipe here.

If you like this, also try: grilled halloumi and watermelon salad.

The main:

Grilled whole fish with watermelon salsa

Grilled whole fish with watermelon salsa recipe

Is there any more dish more summery than this? We think not. Whole grilled (sustainable) fish, served on cool slices of watermelon. It’s definitely the meal of the season.

Get the recipe here.

If you like this, also try: Norwegian salmon, watermelon and watercress salad.

The dessert:

GRUYERE WITH WATERMELON AND POMEGRANATE JELLY

Gruyere with watermelon and pomegranate jelly recipe

This partnership of watermelon and pomegranate provides the perfect after-dinner foil for slivers of nutty-flavoured Gruyère.

Get the recipe here.

If you like this, also try: watermelon and lemon sorbet stack.

Discover more recipes featuring watermelon here.

Melissa Scheepers Article by: Melissa Scheepers

Woolworths TASTE’s online content producer has faced constant temptation since joining the team last year. When she’s not thinking about her next meal (it’s usually a variation of a cheese toastie), she’s researching the best cooking methods for her next article.

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