Juicy, messy, fabulous wedges of watermelon will always reign supreme. But we're flexing our creativity this week with recipes that take the beloved summer fruit further. Tangy salads, refreshing soups and popsicles are not spared.
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22 Jan 2015 - 10:35 AM  UPDATED 23 Dec 2016 - 9:51 AM

1. One-bowl wonder

A fruitier tipple one could not conceive! In this soju-laced punch, a hollowed out watermelon forms the vessel for a melon, ginger and nashi pear concoction. We suppose you could say it's refreshing as punch.

2. Summer lovin'

Blogger Kate Olsson of Finger, Fork & Knife nails it with this fast, fresh salad of rare beef with watermelon and raw zucchini noodles. Fork, please!

3. It's all over when it comes to this pavlova!

The classic pav has been spruced up with watermelon & strawberries coated in moscato syrup and zesty lime juice - who's ready for a slice of surprise?

4. Slurp, slurp!

Rest assured, your eyes do not deceive you. This Filipino soup from the Pampanga region sees watermelon swamped in a tamarind-based broth with snake beans, tomato and beef brisket – what a trip, right? If anything, watermelon sour soup (or sinegang sa pakwan) is just the sort of little-known dish that'll take your tastebuds to new places.

5. We came here to party

Fruit, granita and sorbet are as solid a trio as Crosby, Stills and Nash. Sydney's Dan Hong shares his very cheffy and carnival-coloured lychee granita, strawberry sorbet and compressed melon.

6. The big tang

It's not obvious at first glance, but among those halved cherry tomatoes hide perfect balls of watermelon, coupled with kalamata olives and balsamic. Our girl Tama Carey, who authored the recipe, knows when she's onto a good thing.

7. Make it pop!

They're called paletas de agua, or water popsicles, and Mexicans can be seen with one in hand on sweltering summer days. They can be made with any seasonal fruit, but these ones see watermelon mingle with strawberry and lime. Via Feast

8. She's a super-char

Chargrilled watermelon with feta and mint is one of Adam Liaw's creations. Grilling watermelon changes its texture and caramelises its sugars, resulting in a sweet yet savoury delight. Crumbly feta rounds it off with a welcome hit of salty.

9. Cool it, buddy

This wonderfully off-beat Asian-inspired dessert stars cubed watermelon in rosewater sauce, topped with a scoop of peanut ice-cream. It's a pudding of sorts and we're gooey for it. Via The Real Food of China

 

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