One-Ingredient Watermelon Recipes

Diced watermelon in a bowl garnished with mint

Staying Cool This Summer Just Got Easier

It’s been an exceptionally hot summer. So it helps to have an easy, go-to treat to stay cool. Watermelon never disappoints. But with a little imagination – and minimal effort – you can take your melon to the next level.

Start with a ripe watermelon. Here are a few tricks to help you pick the best one:

  • Look for watermelon that is symmetrical and feels heavy for its size.
  • Ripe watermelon will have a healthy sheen and a buttery, yellow underside.
  • Tap the underside. A ripe watermelon will have a deep, hollow sound. Under-ripe melons will sound dull.

Watermelon Ice Cubes

These frozen fruit ice cubes are slightly sweet and refreshing, and a no-brainer way to upgrade any beverage. Or, insert a Popsicle stick and you have instant ice pops.


  • A seedless watermelon 
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer


  • Cut your seedless watermelon into cubes and lay them flat on a baking sheet.
  • Add a drizzle of honey or a sprinkle of mint or basil for extra flavor.
  • Put the baking sheet in the freezer for about three hours, or until frozen.
  • Add to your favorite drink and plop the rest into a plastic bag for storage.

Watermelon Sorbet

Smooth, watermelon sorbet is a healthy and delicious alternative to the coveted summertime ice cream cone. 


  • Watermelon ice cubes


  • Working in batches, add cubes to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Divide the puree among two loaf pans (or put it all in one deep baking dish), packing it down as you go.
  • Transfer the pans to the freezer. Freeze for 1-2 hours or until the sorbet is scoopable.