6 Things to Do With a Watermelon This Weekend

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It's tasty, it's hydrating and it'll send that sweet tooth right back where it came from! As you may have gathered by now, this is our official love letter to watermelon. Sure it's pretty bomb just sliced and chilled, but why stop there? Check out these genius ideas ditch the predictable and put a little more "what?" in your watermelon.

Get salty

Believe it or not, adding a sprinkle of salt to watermelon really amps up the flavor. Just give each slice a pinch of coarse salt (table salt will work too) to make the melon's natural sweetness shine loud and proud.

BYO bowl

Cut off the top 5 or 6 inches of your watermelon and scoop out the fruit using a melon baller. Then fill the "bowl" back up with fruit salad or save the melon balls for yourself, pack the "bowl" with ice and pour in a punch. Obviously there's no wrong way to fill up a watermelon bowl, so don't be afraid to get creative.

Pickle it

Most of us aren't interested in eating watermelon rind as-is, but it's actually pretty amazing when given a quick pickle. Remove the green and pink parts of the watermelon, then cut the white rind into cubes. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil with 1 tablespoon salt, and add the rinds, cooking until tender. Drain, then combine rinds with 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cloves and 1/4 teaspoon pickling spice and bring to a boil. Transfer to a big bowl (making sure rinds are covered) and chill overnight.

Toss it up

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This fruit salad is all about the mighty melon. No recipe here — just mix chilled watermelon with feta cheese and fresh mint leaves (or basil!) for a salad that's salty, sweet and refreshing all at once. Bonus points if you pop this one in your watermelon bowl for a porch party.

Go frozen

Granita is one of the easiest frozen desserts you can make, and it'll help cool you off on those scorching summer afternoons. You don't really need a recipe. Here's the gist: Blend watermelon, sugar and a little citrus until smooth, then freeze until firm.

Blend, baby, blend

A smoothie is basically a fruit salad in a glass, right? Don't tell us no. Try pairing two cups of chilled watermelon with a handful of fresh strawberries, half a banana and a splash of milk. Then add a cup of ice and blend until smooth.

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