What to do with Leftover Watermelon: 15 Easy Watermelon Recipes

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Last Updated on July 16, 2022 by Chef Mireille

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What to Do with Leftover Watermelon, How to store watermelon and a variety of 15 Easy Watermelon Recipes using the rind, pith and flesh.

Try this collection of both sweet and savory Watermelon Recipes to utilize all of your watermelon, practicing no waste!

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For a long time, I used to think watermelon was only good for eating as is. A favorite summertime treat from childhood were slices of refreshing, juicy watermelon. I then discovered Watermelon Juice and that is so refreshing on hot summer days.

However, in recent years, I have discovered watermelon is such a versatile ingredient and can be used in so many ways. It can be utilized in both savory and sweet recipes.

Not only the flesh, but both the rind and the skin can be used in a variety of sweet and savory recipes.

But before we even get to utilizing the watermelon, it is important to know How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon Every Time.

Talking about picking watermelon, another thing to make any of these 15 Watermelon Recipes more interesting is to use different colored watermelons. It adds variety to any of these delicious Watermelon Recipes.

collage image of three types of watermelon

Types of Watermelon

Red Watermelons – There are several different varieties of red watermelons, however the two most common ones are large heirloom watermelons and sugar baby watermelons. The Sugar Baby are usually about half the size of a standard heirloom watermelon and they are seedless.

Yellow Watermelons – These have the same green skin as a red watermelon, but the flesh is a bright yellow hue.

Although yellow watermelons are relatively new in the west, they were actually first cultivated in Africa over 5000 years ago. It was only after a plant nutrient called lycophene developed that the hue of the watermelon naturally changed from yellow to red.

While the presence of lycophene in red watermelons improves it’s anti oxidant power, the yellow watermelons are very high in beta carotene. Either one, they are both a healthy fruit to enjoy.

Green Watermelons – These watermelons are exceedingly rare and the green hue is because of the presence of chlorophyll. This is one I am excited to try if I ever find one. If you try it, do come back and let me know if there was any difference in taste.

Watermelon Salsa recipe for What to Do with Leftover Watermelon

Storing Leftover Watermelon

Once you cut open a watermelon, it does not last very long, even when left on the skin.

If you cut it up into pieces and remove skin and rind, it will deteriorate even faster. Water comes out of the fruit and as the chunks of fruit sit in this excess liquid, the fruit will start to turn rancid.

If you do have some cut up and stored in the fridge, you should drain out the excess liquid every morning and it should last up to 3 days.

More than than, it will end up in the garbage and none of us wants to waste food right!

Therefore, when you purchase watermelon, I suggest immediately trying a few of these recipes and save just enough for snacking.

BONUS RECIPE : You can use the methodology in this Pineapple Strawberry Agua Fresca and make Watermelon Agua Fresca.

15 Easy Watermelon Recipes

Try one of these Delicious Watermelon Recipes the next time you are wondering what to do with leftover watermelon.

Savory Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon Curry
Watermelon Curry is one of the most delicious Rajasthani recipes – both sweet and spicy and a quick lunch breakfast recipe with Indian flatbread.
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bowl of Watermelon Curry
Watermelon Salsa
Delicious Watermelon Salsa is fresh and vibrant. Enjoy it with chips or as a topping on your favorite tacos.
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Watermelon Salsa recipe
Watermelon Gazpacho
Gazpacho is a Spanish chilled soup. This fruity version enriched with golden watermelon and peaches is as delicious as it is pretty with its golden tones. Eat with your eyes first!
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Cold Spanish Watermelon Gazpacho Soup
Watermelon and Halloumi Salad
A fresh salad with watermelon and halloumi cheese for a bright and vibrant summer salad.
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Watermelon and Halloumi Salad
Watermelon & Feta Salad with Mint
This is a very simple Watermelon Salad, dressed with feta and mint. This beauty, on plate will make your guests go ga-ga about you and your party, catching all the attention. 
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Watermelon & Feta Salad with Mint
Watermelon Rind Salad
This recipe utilizes the watermelon rind – a perfect no waste recipe in a healthy salad.
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Watermelon Rind Salad

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Watermelon Desserts

Watermelon Sangria Popsicles
Watermelon Sangria Popsicles are quick and easy to make. Includes a non alcoholic Kid Friendly variation
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Watermelon Sangria Popsicles
Watermelon Popsicle Recipe
Watermelon popsicles are a great way to get additional vitamin c with no added sugar these sweet treats are a lot of summer fun with fresh watermelon and kiwi.
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Watermelon Popsicle Recipe
Gelo di Melone – Sicilian Watermelon Gelatin
A traditional Sicilian summer treat. This all natural watermelon jello is one the kids will love!
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Italian Gelo Di Melone Watermelon Dessert with pistachios
Watermelon Rind Preserve
A delicious no waste recipe, utilizing watermelon rind in a sweet preserve.
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Watermelon Rind Preserve
Watermelon Coconut and Rose Popsicles
Watermelon coconut and rose popsicles with a hint of ginger.
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Watermelon Coconut and Rose Popsicles
Watermelon Cupcakes with Fresh Watermelon Glaze
Watermelon Cupcakes with Fresh Watermelon Glaze are the perfect hued cupcakes to decorate for Independence Day Cupcakes. With simple decorating techniques, these are easy to make, delicious & pretty!
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plate of Watermelon Cupcakes with Fresh Watermelon Glaze

Watermelon Drink Recipes

Watermelon Margarita Recipe
A refreshing Watermelon Margarita perfect for hot summer days or your Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
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glasses of watermelon margarita with lime garnish and Tajin rim
Watermelon Melody Smoothie
Watermelon melody is a delicious smoothie with watermelon and banana. Serve it for breakfast or as a drink anytime of a day. Great way to beat the heat.
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Watermelon Melody Smoothie
Watermelon Iced Tea
This Watermelon Tea Recipe has a perfect balance of fruit flavor as well as the tea flavor, with slight tang of lemon and freshness of mint.
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Watermelon Iced Tea

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  1. Never would have thought if so many ways to use up watermelon. Thanks for including my post in the round up!!

  2. Awesome collection of watermelon recipes all in one place. Mireille, still have to try out the watermelon curry ever since I first saw it on your blog and now adding the Watermelon Sangria Popsicles to the list. Like your suggestion to use up the watermelon as soon as possible as you rightly pointed out, it doesn’t stay fresh for too long. Thanks for including my recipes.

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