Go beyond the simple slice this summer with these 30+ watermelon recipes that will thrill your tastebuds. Read on for recipes for a watermelon margarita, watermelon salad, watermelon pizza, watermelon rind pickles, watermelon appetizers and more.

My husband and I can have some pretty spirited debates about how certain foods should be served. There was the Great Hushpuppy Debate of 2004, when he was unable to convince me that savory onion-laced hushpuppiers are better than the sweet corn-flecked ones I love. And ketchup on hushpuppies instead of butter? Travesty.

We remain at an impasse over Eastern-style and Lexington-style North Carolina barbecue, but I think we all know who’s right there. For the sake of a happy marriage, I have compromised on the ketchup refrigeration issue, but I’m unwilling to budge on my chewy-is-better-than-crispy bacon stance.

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Which brings us to our latest debate — the best way to eat watermelon.

The short answer is outside on a hot summer day with the juice dripping down your chin. And it better be a wedge so big you have to hold it with two hands. And don’t you dare pick out the seeds because you have to spit them across the yard farther than your brothers or your cousins or your parents can.

On that, my husband and I agree.

But he says I’m crazy for putting salt on watermelon.

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

And I think he’s crazy for not. If you haven’t tried salt on a watermelon — and I didn’t realize how many people had never even heard of the concept until I asked the question on my Facebook page — grab a slice and the shaker and sprinkle a bit on.

The salt intensifies the flavor of the melon. I think it makes it even more sweet, and just …better. The same way a salt-rimmed glass enhances a margarita.

Try it, and tell me what you think.

All this debate about whether to salt got me wondering about all the other ways people serve and eat watermelon — ways we’ve never tried or even imagined.

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

And boy did I find a lot of inventive watermelon recipes — savory, sweet and spiked.

Should we make it our collective goal to try all these delicious watermelon recipes this summer?

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Drink Dispenser from Eclectically Vintage

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Feta Balsamic Pizzas from Skinnytaste

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon & Lemonade Martini from Premeditated Leftovers

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Mint Salsa from Gimme Some Oven

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon White Wine Spritzer from The Cookie Rookie

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Homemade Watermelon BBQ Sauce from Yummy Healthy Easy

Watermelon Rind Pickle Recipe

Watermelon Rind Pickles from Atta Girl Says

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Infused Tequila from Sidewalk Shoes

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Cilantro Lime Grilled Watermelon from The Stay At Home Chef

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Compressed Watermelon Salad with Creamy Lemon-Lime Avocado from Cooking on the Weekends

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Mint Julep from How Sweet Eats

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Spicy Harissa Shrimp and Watermelon Bites from Rhubarbarians

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Lemonade from DrinkedIn

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Chili Salt Amuse Bouche from The Viet Vegan

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Fruit Pizza from Six Sisters Stuff

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Tequila Pops from The Little Epicurean

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Cups with Cranberry Marscapone from Cravings of a Lunatic

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Caprese with Balsamic Glaze from Skinnytaste

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Lime Frosty from My Life in Food

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices from Food For My Family

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Grilled Watermelon & Balsamic Chicken from The Creative Bite

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Slushies from Cranky Puppy Farm

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Coconut Fruit Ice Cubes from Raising Whasians

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Feta Blackberry Skewers from A Healthy Life for Me

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Milkshake from Recipes to Nourish

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Chilled Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad from Kevin is Cooking

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Granita from Wine & Glue

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Minty Watermelon Cucumber Margaritas from Half Baked Harvest

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Salted Watermelon Freezer Pops from Parenting Chaos

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Bacon-Wrapped Watermelon Bites from Foxes Love Lemons

Have you ever had salted watermelon? What about a watermelon margarita or a watermelon salad? These 30 delicious watermelon recipes will give you an entirely new outlook on America's favorite summer fruit.

Watermelon Moscow Mule from HGTV



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