Do you need a last minute dish that will wow everyone at a pool party? You can’t go wrong with recipes featuring watermelon, everyone’s favorite summer fruit. This eye-catching twist on a charcuterie board is delicious and easy to make—plus its color palette is a patriotic red, white and blue.
½ medium watermelon, cut into a combination of wedges and cubes
½ cup raspberries
1 ½ cups blueberries
5 ounces goat cheese
½ cup toasted salted cashews
2 ounces various cured meat, like prosciutto, pancetta, coppa, salami, soppressata, sausage or pepperoni
1 honeycrisp apple cored and sliced
Arrange the ingredients on a large board or platter. Drizzle all the fruit with lemon juice. Garnish with a few basil leaves. Serve and enjoy!
If you can’t get enough watermelon, we have a whole barbecue’s worth of mouthwatering watermelon recipes. Try cooling down with this watermelon granita recipe. It takes just three easy steps to serve this refreshing semi-frozen treat.
These watermelon pizzas can be a light dessert topped with greek yogurt, slivered almonds and shredded coconut. Or, transform this sweet fruit into a savory snack with goat cheese, prosciutto and balsamic glaze.
If you’re firing up the grill, don’t leave it at burgers and dogs. Toss on some sliced watermelon, pair it with a kale salad and serve your guests a unique, healthy dish.
If you don’t have much time to prepare an appetizer, have everyone do the work for you. Bring cheese, meat, veggies and fruits for guests to make their own skewers. Build-your-own-skewers are perfect for large groups—plus, they’re an easy way to experiment with unexpected flavor combinations, like fresh watermelon and boiled shrimp.
For something to drink, try this pair of cocktails—one for the day and one for the night—featuring watermelon gastrique, a syrup of caramelized sugar, vinegar and fruit.
With a little creative thinking, watermelon can be the star of the show in all kinds of perfect summer dishes. Have fun and stay safe this Fourth of July!