10 Watermelon Recipes to Keep You Cool All Summer

What to cook with your sweet, ripe watermelon

Watermelon Salad with Cilantro, Radish Sprouts, and Cotija

Watermelon Salad
Get the recipe for Watermelon Salad with Cilantro, Radish Sprouts, and Cotija »Laura Sant

Cured Fluke with Yogurt, Watermelon, Sunflower Seeds, and Togarashi

Cured Fluke with Yogurt, Watermelon, Sunflower Seeds, and Togarashi
This works exceptionally well as a summer starter, served with a savory lime yogurt and refreshing cubes of ripe watermelon, then sprinkled with flecks of shichimi togarashi: a spicy, tangy, earthy Japanese spice mix. Get the recipe for Cured Fluke with Yogurt, Watermelon, Sunflower Seeds, and Togarashi »Matt Taylor-Gross

Gallagher Smash

Gallagher Smash Cocktail
For this summer refresher, a syrup with ripe watermelon and sugar is combined with sherry, gin, and muddled lemon. Get the recipe for Gallagher Smash »Matt Taylor-Gross

Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad

Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad
Grilling makes everything better—watermelons get even sweeter from the flames, shrimp gets crisp and plump, and avocado turns deliciously smoky. Get the recipe for Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Watermelon-Basil Cocktail

Watermelon-Basil Cocktail
Exceedingly well-balanced, this juicy cocktail gets its sweetness from yellow watermelon, herbal freshness from Chartreuse and basil, and an astringent kick from tequila. While red watermelon will work in a pinch, you won't get the clarity of color unless you spring for the yellow. Get the recipe for Watermelon-Basil Cocktail »Matt Taylor-Gross

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho
Juicy sweet watermelons go savory in this summery no-cooking-required soup. Spicy bite comes from jalapeños and red onions, while tomatoes and tart lime juice provide acidity. Plenty of herbs and olive oil lend a fresh, grassy note, with cucumbers bolstering the melon backbone. Get the recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho »Matt Taylor-Gross

Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Rind Pickles
It feels good to make something translucent and crispy out of stuff that's potentially trash. Especially when those become sweet, tart, and aromatic from a healthy amount of spices. Get the recipe for Watermelon Rind Pickles »Tim Robison

Red Lady

Red Lady Watermelon Cocktail
Fresh watermelon, basil, and cayenne combine with pisco—a fruity, spicy eau de vie distilled from grapes—for a sweet-spicy summertime cocktail. Get the recipe for Red Lady »Zoe Schaeffer

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Watermelon Tomato Salad
This dish was inspired by Mexican cuisine. It balances watermelon's sweetness with spicy and sour flavors. Get the recipe for Watermelon and Tomato Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross

Watermelon Rind Pickle

Watermelon Rind Pickle
From the school of waste-not-want-not eating comes pickled watermelon rind: a spicy, tangy, tender treat from a something more often discarded. Get the recipe for Watermelon Rind Pickle »Matt Taylor-Gross