7 ways to rock out with watermelon (Six toddler friendly. One very adult friendly)

I was relieved to discover that seedless watermelon is a natural variety, not a GMO DNA BLA BLA BLA concoction. Even the square ones are just innocently grown in… squares…!

You just can’t hate watermelon. It can star in a cocktail, complete a BBQ, refresh a cold soup, cure a hangover, make a pretty awesome popsicle, and summer-up a salad.

1. Sculpt it. Kid friendly, right? Party idea for sure. 

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watermelon sculpture

This idea and many others, plus recipes, are from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. (who knew?)

2. Watermelon pops.

Watermelon Pops
Watermelon Pops

(Recipe from Martha Stewart)

3. Blend it into juice. (It’s addictive. So good) It also happens to be an amazing hangover cure.

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4. Cocktail.

Jason (hubbie/bartender/co-chef) says: Blend watermelon, dash of cayenne, and gin with club soda or sprite, a dash of lime and some agave… Add ice, garnish with mint and citrus. Oh yeah. Yes please. Okay.

Watermelon cocktail
Watermelon cocktail. I want one.

5. Watermelon gazpacho.

Watermelon Gazpacho


We had a spicy gazpacho like this at an amazing resort called La Samanna in St. Maarten and it was divine. If you’re thinking of a family friendly version, you could still try this Martha Stewart one, and potentially blend it, but leave out the jalapeno.

6. Watermelon, feta, and mint salad. This is one of my favorites ever. Delish!

Watermelon-Salad(Recipe from POPSUGAR MOMS)

7. Slice it up and eat it!

Watermelon

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Simple, easy, healthy meals for picky, busy, hungry toddlers!

Corn Salads

Cold salads aren’t the first thing you think of for little people with 8 or so teeth, but these are kid-approved. I’m kind of obsessed with them right now actually, because they are so easy, and perfect for the warmer weather.

1. Toddler’s Picnic

  • 2 cups of cooked corn
  • 3 -4 hearts of palm and/or artichoke hearts in oil (diced. Don’t use the tough leaves either, just the tender ones.)
  • As many Cherry tomatoes as you can dice before getting bored (around 6?)

Dressing: a dash of mayo, a dash of lemon, some olive oil, and Herbamare or sea salt

2. Monster Pasta Mix (some cooking required) 

  • 2 cups Rotini (spiral pasta)
  • 1 bunch Asparagus Tops (steamed well in water first, chopped diagonally is good)
  • 1/2 Avocado (Diced)
  • 1/2 cup Peas

Dressing: Olive Oil, Lemon, Mayonaise (a dash), Dill (a dash), Soy Sauce/Tamari (a splash), Herbamare  

3. Cleopatra’s Quinoa (some cooking required)

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked carrot or sweet potato chunks (steamed or roasted until soft)
  • 1 handful rehydrated dried raisins or cranberries

Dressing: Olive Oil, Lemon, Mayonaise (a dash), Dill (a dash), Soy Sauce/Tamari (a splash), Herbamare. Quinoa can be a bit dry, so you could also add yoghurt or a little extra olive oil to taste.   

4.  Bambino Risotto (some cooking required) 

  • Brown Rice or Orzo, or Arborio Rice
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Blueberry

Dressing: Creme Fraiche (Fancy!?), Sour Cream + Cinnamon

5. Cloud and Rainbow Salad 

  • Cottage Cheese
  • watermelon (diced)
  • honeydew
  • strawberries

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