Easy and Refreshing Watermelon Recipes to Beat the Heat


Watermelon LemonadeA little confession – I’m extremely jealous of everyone outside of the northwest right now. In our little region of the country, we haven’t even seen spring, let alone summer. It’s nearly mid-June and our temperatures are fighting to reach 65ºF. I’ve been racing outside to get in a walk each time the sun shines, in fear that it will quickly vanish for the rest of the day.

Nonetheless, I feel for those of you in the other 80% of the U.S., where the thermometer is reaching record levels. Many of you are wondering if it really is June, or if Mother Nature skipped right ahead to mid-August. I love heat, but humidity and 100ºF is not a nice mixture. So for you (and for us northwesterners, once summer finally arrives), I have some deliciously simple and healthy chilled recipes to share, each using the seasonal (and wonderfully inexpensive!) watermelon.

Naturally sweet and loaded with liquid, I dare say that watermelon might be the most refreshing fruit. And when blended to create these delicious treats, it takes thirst-quenching to a whole new level …

Sweet Strawberry-Watermelon Soul Smoothie
Make sure your fruits are ripe and sweet. The watermelon flesh should be a deep pinkish-red and the strawberries should be brilliant in color and delightful to the taste. This recipe is Vegan (use agave), Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, optionally Refined Sugar-Free, and Fat-Free
Serves: Yields 1 cool and refreshing serving
  • 2 Cups (or about 12 ounces) Watermelon Balls (no seeds!)
  • ¾ to 1 Cup Strawberry Halves, frozen
  • 1 to 2 Teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar, Honey, or Sugar (or to taste)
  • Ice (optional)
  1. Place the watermelon in your blender, followed by the strawberries. Blend until smooth. You may need to push the watermelon down a bit to get it going, but once it starts to blend the juices will be released to keep it going. Blend in the lime juice, sweetener, and ice, if using. If you do choose honey, keep in mind that it doesn’t dissolve as well in cold liquids as agave and sugar. Give it a good blend to prevent any “chunks” of honey from remaining.
vegan soul strawberry watermelon smoothieWatermelon Cubes
It doesn’t get much easier than this completely allergen-free (unless you are allergic to watermelons of course!), one-ingredient recipe. You can freeze the flesh in popsicle molds or in cubes like these. Beyond simply popping them in your mouth for a flavorful cool off, the cubes can be added to your favorite fruit drink or sparkler, or blended into a smoothie for an extra dose of icy and sweet.

Even wimpy blenders will puree watermelon with no added liquids and a little coaxing. So puree some of that bright red watermelon flesh, pour it into an ice cube tray, and freeze. .



Sweet-Tart Watermelon Lemonade
This recipe is naturally Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, and Fat-Free. It is also free from Refined Sugars.
  • 6 Ounces Watermelon Flesh (yields ¾ cup once pureed; about 1 cup of melon balls), Seedless or Seeds Removed
  • ¼ cup Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Agave Nectar*
  • ¾ Cup Cold Water
  • Ice
  1. Place the watermelon, lemon juice, agave, and water in your blender and puree until liquefied and smooth. Fill two large glasses with ice to serve. Garnish with lemon wedges or slices if desired.


Watermelon Lemonade


More Watermelon Love:
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Watermelon & Olive Salad
Cool Cucumber Melon Soup
Watermelon and Basil Iced Tea

Watermelon Lemonade

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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