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Four Ways To Use Leftover Watermelon

4 Ways To Use Leftover Watermelon

After the 4th of July festivities, there is always a ton of leftover watermelon and coming up with refreshing ideas for the leftovers is usually a challenge.  This year, with the unusual heat wave we’re having here in Portland, I’m embracing ideas for it’s use!!  Yesterday, I opened the fridge and looked at what ingredients I could pull from to create some fun and cooling recipes.  I found plenty!! Here are four ways to use leftover watermelon that I love.

1. Watermelon Gazpacho

Gazpacho

I love gazpacho. And, thought watermelon could only enhance this summer cooling treat. Wow!! Have to tell you, this was one of my more favorite creative outcomes I’ve had in awhile. I had a pretty yellow tomato, some red onion and cucumber on hand, so that worked. Then, I realized I also had some shishito peppers and love them roasted. I thought it could be a nice alternative to the typical raw green pepper and it, indeed, brought a smoky little bite that was amazing. Also in the pantry was an orange champagne vinegar that proved to add so much more flavor than the traditional red vinegar. The final twist was using mascarpone cheese in lieu of sour cream for a garnish. Yummy!! Just added a bit more lusciousness. A good choice! When looking over the recipe, remember, use what works, add your own flair.  Gazpacho has limitless options!  Just blend and enjoy!

Gazpacho Ingredients

Ingredients:

2 cups Watermelon cubed
1/2 English Cucumber cubed
1/4 Red Onion cubed
1 Yellow Tomato chopped
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tbsp Orange Champagne Vinegar
6 Shishito Peppers (roasted for about 5 minutes with a bit of olive oil in a 500 degree oven until blistered)
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
Mascarpone Cheese

Fresh Basil Leaves

Directions:

Blend first 7 ingredients until desired consistency. I like to keep a bit of crunch in my final dish. Garnish with a dollop of mascarone, some chopped watermelon, basil and a drizzle of olive oil. And, of course, for me I like to add a couple of drops of siracha just to give that little final bite! This is the perfect recipe for just plain deliciousness and coolness for the summer heat!

2. Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

Next, I found several ingredients to make two cool salads using refreshing watermelon as the base.  The first used items I often mix together, so knew they married well. Then, I stepped out of the box a bit, and combined some new options that actually surprised in a very good way!  Proof once again that only your imagination and pantry items can limit what you can create!! Try both these and I promise your summer will be cooler!

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Ingredients (Per Serving):

1/4 cup cubed watermelon
1/8 cup cubed feta (you also can crumble this, which for taste I like better, but for presentation the cubes just look so pretty)
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1/4 lemon juice and zest
Balsamic glaze (Just reduce balsamic vinegar by cooking for about 15 minutes over med heat – it will thicken as it cools – and the more it reduces, the sweeter and more delicious it becomes!)

Sea Salt ( I used ghost pepper sea salt this time just for a zing)

Directions: Combine watermelon, feta and mint.  Add the juice and zest and toss.  Add salt to taste, plate and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. It’s the perfect first course or savory dessert for summer!

3. Watermelon Fennel Salad

Watermelon Salad

Ingredients (Per Serving):

1/4 cup cubed watermelon
1/8 cup thinly sliced fennel
1/8 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 1/2 slices of prosciutto (slightly roasted in a 450 degree oven until barely crisp)
1 or 2 basil leaves chopped
1 tsp orange champagne vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
crushed red pepper to taste

sea salt to taste

Watermelong Fennel Salad

Directions:

Marinate the fennel and onion with vinegar adding salt to taste for about 5 minutes. Add the prosciutto and toss with olive oil. Combine with basil and watermelon. Finish with a sprinkle of the red pepper.

This was the surprise!  Refreshing watermelon at it’s finest!  Easy and satisfying.  I promise you will use this often. The perfect summer salad that works as a main course or first course starter.

4. Watermelon Water

Watermelon Water

My final watermelon use came to me as I was looking at the leftover watermelon rinds I had after slicing and chopping for all these recipes. There still was a good amount of the red fruit left on the beautiful green and I immediately thought it would be beautiful and yes, refreshing, in iced water. I decided to add to the usual lemon I use often and add a few basil leaves to further refresh. The result was stunning. Pretty and beyond refreshing. It will be the water pitcher ingredients for the rest of the summer.  Try it and see what I mean!

Watermelon Pitcher

Hope you find a bit of inspiration here with four ways to use leftover watermelon all summer long. And good luck creating your own refreshing watermelon ideas to keep you cool during these warm summer months to come!​

Susan Richards is a contributor and life long friend of BonBon Rose Girls.

  • Ashley

    Yum! That watermelon feta salad looks good. My mother-in-law makes a watermelon cucumber salad that is really refreshing as well. I just used up some of our leftover watermelon to make a slushie with just watermelon and ice one night. The next night I took it out of the freezer and once defrosted a bit, mixed it in with some vanilla ice cream. 🙂

    July 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm Reply
  • Leslie

    Beautiful. I sent this to my sister in law who will gobble it up.

    July 10, 2015 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Oh to Be a Muse

    I was never into watermelon, but the hubs loves it so I’ve gotten more into it recently. I’ve had it in salad and really prefer it that way!

    July 10, 2015 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Sarah Tyau

    This watermelon drink looks amazing!

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    July 10, 2015 at 12:32 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    Brilliant! Just pinned!

    July 11, 2015 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What great ideas! I love watermelon!

    July 23, 2015 at 8:02 am Reply
  • Lou Lou Girls

    Oh my! This looks so fabulous! Pinned and tweeted. Please join us tonight at 7 pm, and party with us. I can’t wait to see your new masterpieces or amazing classics! Lou Lou Girls

    July 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm Reply

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