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8 Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

Summer fruit season is finally here, and I can't help but get excited to buy that first ripe watermelon. Of course, there's nothing more refreshing than watermelon slices on a hot summer day, but you don't have to eat it plain.

Here are some different ways that you can enjoy watermelon this season.

Make a watermelon salad. There's nothing more refreshing and appropriate for summer than adding fruits to your salad, and watermelon is no exception. Watermelon tastes delicious paired with feta cheese (substitute a vegan feta cheese, if desired) and mint. You can serve this combination in a variety of ways. Throw the ingredients into a bowl with some cucumber, red onion, and lime juice for a refreshing salad, or make individual appetizers of watermelon cubes topped with the feta and mint.

Add some spices and seasoning. If you've never tried putting spices on your watermelon, now is the time to start. Cinnamon, Tajin seasoning (chili powder, salt, and lime juice), and cayenne pepper all make delicious combinations of spicy and sweet watermelon that you must try. However, if you want something simpler, have your watermelon with a bit of Himalayan sea salt— it will bring out its sweetness even more.

Make watermelon popsicles. All you need for this delicious kid-friendly treat are some popsicle molds. Blend up the watermelon, pour it into the molds, and stick it in the freezer. You'll get some delicious, all-natural popsicles that everyone will enjoy; without all those added sugars. Similarly, you can make watermelon sorbet by freezing some watermelon cubes and then blending them with lime juice.

Watermelon and prosciutto appetizers. Pairing melon with prosciutto is an Italian cuisine classic, and although it's usually made with honeydew melon, watermelon works just as well. Wrap the prosciutto slices around the watermelon and top with some fresh basil leaves. You'll impress your guests with little effort.