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3 Delicious Ways to Use All That Leftover Watermelon

There is nothing better than a cold, crisp slice of watermelon on a hot sunny day. Biting into sweet, refreshing fruit that leaves juice dripping down your face is one of the quintessential moments of summer.

Unless you’re having a seed spitting contest, chances are, you won’t eat the whole melon in one sitting. Watermelon loses its fresh texture when it’s been in the fridge for a few days, getting soft and mealy. To make the most of this seasonal melon, you’ll need to think beyond the standard wedge. Don’t feel burdened by this extra large fruit; instead, try one of these recipes to savour those watermelon leftovers.

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Watermelon Fattoush Salad
Watermelon and feta salad is old news. Replace it with this fresh and flavourful summer salad. Drizzle pita with olive oil and za’atar and toast until crisp. Break the pita into bite-size crackers. If you don’t have za’atar, just use some sesame seeds and salt. Cube watermelon into 1-inch chunks and toss with sliced cucumber and some finely sliced red onion. Mix the pita, onion, cucumber and melon together with some parsley leaves. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Slice halloumi cheese into 1/2-inch slices. Grill it over high heat until crisp and then top the salad with it.

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Watermelon Basil Lemonade
Muddle 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves with 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice. Blend 3 cups watermelon with 1 1/2 cups cold water. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer and transfer to pitcher. Mix in the basil and lemon mixture. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh basil, lemon and lime slices.

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Watermelon Kefir and Kiwi Popsicles
Blend two cups of chopped watermelon with 1 cup kefir, the juice of one lime and 1 tablespoon of honey. Slice 2 kiwis into 1/4-inch slices. Divide kiwis into 6 popsicles molds and then pour in the watermelon mixture to fill. Place in freezer until frozen through, about 4 hours.

Looking for more marvelous melon? Try these Refreshing Watermelon Recipes.

7 All-Star Ways with Watermelon

Watermelon’s ability to masquerade as tuna and tomatoes was a surprise to those of us who only associate the juicy fruit as a summer treat for hot days. But the competitors on Top Chef Canada: All-Stars saw the brightly hued ingredient for its versatility in the unusual trompe l’oeil challenge where the goal was to trick the eyes and the tastebuds of judges.

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Dustin’s Tuna Poke that’s really compressed watermelon.

Dustin Gallagher transformed compressed watermelon into a version of trendy poke, with the melon’s colour perfectly imitating that of deeply pink cubes of raw tuna, while Nicole Gomes created a “cherry tomato” from the melon, stuffing it with feta and topping with balsamic jelly and mint. Taking a cocktail cue, Jesse Vergen compressed his watermelon with beet juice and negroni.
In each of these dishes, the judges were meant to be fooled into thinking they weren’t eating watermelon.

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Nicole’s Cherry Tomato that is actually a watermelon stuffed with feta.

Take a page out of the All-Stars chefs handbook and have watermelon in other ways than just a slice of cool fruit on a hot summer day. From savoury, sweet to boozy, here are a seven delicious dishes to make watermelon the All-Star of the show.

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Watermelon and Haloumi
The watermelon soaks up a vibrant vinaigrette made with garlic, shallots, honey and mint. The haloumi is seared off until it’s hot and melty in the middle and is then served with the cool, savoury and sweetly fresh watermelon.

Watermelon Gazpacho
Gazpacho is not only the realm of tomatoes. This chilled summer soup can also be made with watermelon, as Tyler Florence demonstrates. Just like the more traditional version, it gets some spicy kick from chilies and acidic tang from vinegar, but the fresh watermelon adds an interesting twist.

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad
Peppery arugula, salty feta and refreshing mint combine with cooling watermelon for a fantastic summer salad. Ina Garten tops it with a dressing made with lemon and orange juice for a citrusy punch.

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Watermelon and Strawberry Icebergs
Spiked or Shirley Temple-style for the kids, these Watermelon and Strawberry Icebergs are a sippable way to beat the summer heat. The fruity drinks are topped with cooling slush and flavoured with a hint of summery mint.

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Watermelon Granita
Watermelon is a cooling treat on its own, but when mixed with a bit of sugar and water and then frozen into a granita, it becomes a superior way to chill out. The best part is there’s no need for fancy ingredients or an ice cream machine.

Watermelon Cake
While we usually think of eating watermelon in its natural state – cubed, sliced or pureed – Lynn Crawford has a recipe that takes the fruit and adds it to a baked cake for something completely different. To really bump up that melon flavour, some of the juice is also added to the glaze.

Watermelon Pizza

Refreshing Summer Watermelon Pizza

When the weather outside is sweltering, there’s nothing more satisfying than a sweet and juicy bite of  fresh watermelon.

Salty feta and sweet melon are a trendy pairing that are right at home in this bright and simple salad-turned-pizza. Slice your watermelon and create these three variations for a refreshing appetizer or summer barbecue side, paired with grilled chicken, fish, seafood or tofu.

For the best slices, find a watermelon that is perfectly round. Got leftover watermelon? Don’t worry! You can blend it into juice, gazpacho, salsa or add to sangria. Get more ideas with our 30 Refreshing Watermelon Recipes.

watermelon pizza trio

Total Time: 35 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 3 x 4-slice pizzas

Ingredients:
1 whole watermelon

Mediterranean Pizza:
1/2 cup vinegar
1/3 cup sliced red onion
1 tsp salt
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup sliced English cucumber
1/4 cup crumbled feta
6 small basil leaves, halved

Tropical Pizza:
3 mint leaves
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
2 strawberries, sliced
1 Tbsp coconut, toasted

Southern Pizza:
1 peach, halved
1 Tbsp olive oil
Half small red onion, sliced
2 Tbsp pecans, toasted
1/4 cup goat cheese

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Directions:
1. From the centre of a watermelon, cut three 1-inch thick rounds. Reserve remaining watermelon for another use.

Mediterranean Pizza:
1. In small saucepan, bring vinegar, onion, salt, and bay leaves to a boil. Remove from heat.
2. Strain from pickling liquid, and discard bay leaves.
3. Arrange pickled onions and cucumbers on one watermelon slice. Sprinkle with feta cheese and basil leaves.
4. Cut watermelon pizza into quarters to serve.

Tropical Pizza:
1. Stack mint leaves on top of each other. Roll up leaves from one long edge. Thinly slice into strips.
2. Arrange pineapple and strawberries on one watermelon slice. Sprinkle with coconut and mint leaves.
3. Cut watermelon pizza into quarters to serve.

Southern Pizza:
1. Brush cut side of peach halves with approximately 1/2 the olive oil.
2. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Place peaches, cut side down, in grill pan and cook until lightly charred, about 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Toss red onion slices with remaining olive oil. Cook in same grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and thinly slice peaches.
5. Arrange peach slices and red onions on one watermelon slice. Sprinkle with pecans and crumble goat cheese over top.
6. Cut watermelon pizza into quarters to serve.