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Fresh This Month: 25 Ways To Stay Cool With Watermelon

Watermelon is a summertime favorite for kids and their parents. It’s filled with sweet juiciness that quenches your thirst and keeps you cool during the hot summer days. Check out this guide for how to grow, pick, slice and serve from smoothies to salads to popsicles and decorations.

  • Watermelon Recipes 1 of 27
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  • How To Grow A Square Watermelon 2 of 27
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    If you\'ve got a backyard garden, then you might want to try this fun way to grow a square watermelon. You\'ll be the envy of the neighborhood.

    Grow a square watermelon.

  • How To Pick A Watermelon 3 of 27
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    Learn how to bring home the tastiest watermelons with these handy tricks.

    Pick a watermelon.

  • How To Cut A Watermelon 4 of 27
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    Make the most of your watermelon with this simple tutorial on the best and easiest way to cut it up.

    Slice a watermelon.

  • Fruity Flowers 5 of 27
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    Make a bouquet out of your fruit for a fun summertime activity and then eat up your creation to quench your thirst.

    Make Fruity Flowers.

  • Watermelon Ice Cubes 6 of 27
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    Use every last bit of your melon by turning all the leftover juice and flesh from cutting into ice cubes. Turn your ordinary drinks into a refreshing summer drink of watermelon sweetness. Goes great with lemonade or sparkling water.

    Make Watermelon Ice Cubes.

  • Strawberry Watermelon Lime Frosty 7 of 27
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     It's like all of summer's fresh fruit goodness into one frosty drink.

    Make a Strawberry Watermelon Lime Frosty.

  • Watermelon Hedgehog 8 of 27
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    Go with the hottest animal trend this summer and turn your melon into a hedgehog.

    Make a Watermelon Hedgehog.

  • Watermelon Summer Salad 9 of 27
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    Watermelon and cucumbers pair well feta a balsamic for a sweet and tangy salad that's a refreshing summer salad.

    Make a Watermelon Summer Salad.

  • Real Watermelon Sno Cones 10 of 27
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    Forget those sugar filled syrups and use the real deal. Here's how to make a Real Watermelon Sno Cone!

  • Watermelon Caprese Salad 11 of 27
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    Swap out tomatoes for watermelon to give this classic italian salad and sweet twist.

    Make Watermelon Caprese Salad.

  • Watermelon Agua Fresca 12 of 27
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    Cool, fresh watermelon sipper with only three ingredients and so simple to make.

    Make Watermelon Agua Fresca.

  • Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles: Refreshing and Minty 13 of 27
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    Watermelon and cucumber come together again, this time in an irresistible popsicle form.

    Make Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles: Refreshing and Minty.

  • Watermelon And Feta Flag 14 of 27
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    Get ready for the 4th of July with this all american platter.

    Make Watermelon And Feta Flag.

  • Fresh Mint And Watermelon Soda Floats 15 of 27
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  • Watermelon and Berry Spinach Salad 16 of 27
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    With all the great tasting watermelon and berries, your kids won't even notice the spinach.

    Make Watermelon and Berry Spinach Salad.

  • Watermelon Nachos 17 of 27
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    Here's a much healthier and more refreshing version of nachos your kids will go wild for.

    Make Watermelon Nachos.

  • Creamy Watermelon Smoothies 18 of 27
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     Blend together yogurt and watermelon for a healthy alternative to a milkshake.

    Make Creamy Watermelon Smoothies.

  • Watermelon Almond Tart 19 of 27
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    This looks like a decadent and heavy cake, but when you slice a piece you find it's refreshing watermelon inside.
    Make Watermelon Almond Tart.

  • Easy and Elegant Watermelon Appetizer 20 of 27
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    If you've got a summer party with a bit more sophistication than flip flops and burgers, here's a great way to incorporate a summertime favorite. Keep the kids version just cubes.

    Make Easy and Elegant Watermelon Appetizer.
    Photo Credit: Cathy Shambley, Show Food Chef

  • Watermelon Sorbet 21 of 27
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     This recipe calls for basil and mint, two herbs that bring out the freshest taste in your watermelon dishes.

    Make Watermelon Sorbet.

  • Watermelon And Feta Salad 22 of 27
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    Watermelon add a bit of sweetness to this salty Greek salad.

    Make Watermelon And Feta Salad.

  • Watermelon Kiwi Smoothie 23 of 27
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    The sweetness of watermelon and the tartness of kiwi come together for a sweet tart frozen treat.

    Make Watermelon Kiwi Smoothie.

  • Watermelon Salad 24 of 27
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    This tangy, sweet, savory salad will have the whole family coming back for more.

    Make Watermelon Salad.

  • Double Watermelon Salad 25 of 27
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    Your kids won't even know they are eating salad when they are served a plate of this dish.

    Make Double Watermelon Salad.

  • Watermelon On A Stick 26 of 27
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    Here's a clever way keep this kids entertained and excited this summer: put the watermelon on a stick!

    Make Watermelon On A Stick.

  • Fruit Boats 27 of 27
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    Adorable fruit boats with a watermelon sail and banana captain all floating on a cantaloupe boat.

    Make Fruit Boats.

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