Four Recipes for National Watermelon Day

In my highly subjective opinion, watermelon is arguably one of the better foods out there and one of the best parts of summer. It’s refreshing, hydrating, pretty, and absolutely delicious. I’m so dedicated to watermelon that I once tried (with moderate success) to eat what can only be described as the world’s largest watermelon slice at the Taste of Chicago even though I’d had my wisdom teeth removed only three days earlier. And honestly, that’s pretty much the only scenario where I wouldn’t recommend watermelon.

While there are few things in life I enjoy as much as freshly sliced chunk of watermelon, you absolutely don’t need to limit yourself to just eating it plain. In honor of National Watermelon Day, try these four recipes to eat watermelon all day and all summer long. Or throw these watermelon recipes in at your end of summer BBQs.

Watermelon Feta Salad

watermelon feta salad recipe for national watermelon day

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 cups watermelon, diced into bite sized chunks
  • 2 oz. feta cheese, diced into bite sized chunks
  • 6-8 mint leaves, chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice, optional


  1. In a bowl, combine watermelon, feta, mint, and salt. Toss to combine.
  2. Dress with lime, if using.
  3. Enjoy!

Watermelon Gazpacho

This gazpacho is perfect for the end of summer when tomatoes are at their peak. It makes a great quick lunch to sneak in a few servings of fruit and get a bit of protein from the Greek yogurt. And when you’re dying from 100º weather or crazy humidity, a cold gazpacho that you can cook without turning on the stove is a huge win.

1 Ingredient Watermelon Italian Ice

watermelon italian ice

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into chunks


  1. Puree watermelon in a blender or food processor.
  2. Transfer puree to a bread pan and freeze. Alternatively, pour this mixture into a popsicle mold for 1 ingredient watermelon popsicles!

Watermelon (Mock)tail

watermelon mocktail recipe

Ingredients (1 serving, multiply as needed)

  • 2 cups watermelon, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup sparkling water
  • 1.5 oz. gin (optional)


  1. In a blender, blend watermelon. Strain watermelon juice in a fine mesh sieve to remove pulp. Should yield roughly 1 cup of strained juice.
  2. For the mocktail version, add sparkling water and stir to combine.
  3. For the cocktail version, combine watermelon juice, sparkling water, and gin in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and serve.

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About Kira Schreiber

Kira grew up in the Chicago suburbs and is passionate about mental health, healthy eating, and sustainability. After spending the first part of her career working for a non profit mental health agency in Southern California, she transitioned to pursue a career in her passion for cooking. Now back in Chicago, Kira spends her days developing healthy recipes for a food tech start up. When not in the kitchen or on her laptop she loves spending time outdoors, hitting up a spin class, or watching home decor DIYs on YouTube.