As versatile as they are delicious, our favorite watermelon recipes will be the summer treat you've been looking for.
First up is Summer Pea, Watermelon, and Farro Salad. This unusual combination brings the delicious fresh flavors of sweet watermelon and peas to farro and pecorino cheese. Try it as your next grain salad standout at the neighborhood cookout. If you don’t think it’s unusual enough, try it with a sweet yellow watermelon to turn a few heads.
Sumac—available at spice stores—adds a subtle piney, tangy note, but don't worry if you can't find it: The salad will still have loads of flavor complexity without it. You could also sub 1 teaspoon of prepared horseradish for the wasabi powder.
Because of the sweetness of the watermelon this margarita doesn't need much sugar, so one glass has only 105 calories. A little bit of fresh lime juice brightens the drink and adds a welcome tanginess. For a special touch, rim your glasses with sugar and garnish with lime wedges and watermelon balls.
If your farmers' market doesn't have slender haricots verts, grab a handful of regular green beans and cook them a couple of minutes longer. Halloumi is a wonderfully salty-nutty cheese that's firm enough to stand up to grilling; if you can't find it, use ricotta salata or queso fresco.
View Recipe: Grilled Watermelon and Halloumi Salad with Minty Green Beans
Sweet meets heat in this summer-ready popsicle recipe. A bit of pectin helps keep all the ingredients incorporated evenly in this treat; without it, they tend to separate.
A pop of acidic vinaigrette balances ultrasweet figs. Balsamic glaze is a syrup of concentrated, cooked-down, sweetened balsamic vinegar; it adds a sweet and tangy element to this refreshing salad. Look for it near the vinegar.
Fresh mint is, without a doubt, one of our favorite flavors. Whether it's a handful left from the farmers' market or a bumber crop of your own, use leftover leaves to create a new twist on the classic margarita.