13 Innovative Ways To Eat Melon

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There's nothing quite like eating that first ripe watermelon of the season: Its juicy, subtle sweetness is intoxicating. While we never get sick of eating unadorned watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew, they can be just as swoon-worthy in a recipe as they are sliced. Not convinced? Probably because you haven't yet tried our melon salad with mint, feta, and harissa — or this perfect, pucker-worthy watermelonade. Ahead, 13 recipes that are anything but melon-choly.
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Watermelonade
Because regular lemonade is boring.
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White Gazpacho With Cantaloupe
An upgrade from the classic cold soup.
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Summer Melon Salad With Harissa, Feta, & Mint
Seasonal salad with a spicy kick.
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Louisa Shafia's Watermelon, Mint, & Cider-Vinegar Tonic
Perfect for those days when the temperature is hovering close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Cantaloupe-Cucumber Salad With Basil & Feta
Basil brightens this sweet and salty dish.
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Spicy, Savory, & Sweet Watermelon-Rind Pickles
Skip the jar of dills and whip up a batch of these babies instead.
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Watermelon Gazpacho With Feta & Mint
Now you know what to do with all that leftover watermelon.
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Braised Pork Belly Tacos With Watermelon, Jicama, & Jalapeño Salsa
We're not sure what the star of this dish is — the pork belly or the watermelon.
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Watermelon, Tomato, & Four-Herb Salad
Watermelon's versatility is seemingly endless!
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Boozy Watermelon-Rosemary Lemonade
Skip the beer and leave the wine on the shelf; drink this instead.
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The Joy Kitchen's Roasted Cantaloupe
Finally, this unsung melon gets a starring role.
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Watermelon-Campari Granita
This dessert IS summer.
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Watermelon Pudding (Gelo d'Anguria)
You won't even wish you were eating the chocolate version.
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