How To: 5 Ways to Turn Watermelon into Sweet & Savory Pizzas

5 Ways to Turn Watermelon into Sweet & Savory Pizzas

5 Ways to Turn Watermelon into Sweet & Savory Pizzas

If you love sitting poolside with a slice of watermelon, then I've got a real treat for you.

Picture yourself cooling off with a slice of juicy watermelon topped with fresh ingredients like soft cheeses, herbs, and fresh summer fruits. Watermelon pizza is a wondrous thing—a creative take on the classic watermelon salad, only pizza-fied!

Target featured a video recipe for watermelon pizza on their YouTube page, which topped the delicious treat with cucumbers, grapes, and feta cheese. As a spinoff of their awesome summertime pizza idea, we're going to introduce you to five other creative watermelon pizza combinations that you can make at home in 10 minutes or less.

Savory Watermelon Pizza

Savory watermelon pizzas makes the perfect pool party appetizer. If you have a BBQ, even better, because you can put your watermelon pizza on the grill, too!

The Flavor Bible by cookbook author Karen Page provides a helpful list of cheeses, vegetables, and herbs that pair well with watermelon. It includes ingredients that you would never think of eating with watermelon such as goat cheese, jicama, tomatoes, fennel, and cilantro. And it's this book that inspired this Southwestern-style watermelon pizza:

1. Southwestern

Ingredients:

  • queso fresco
  • jalapeño
  • cilantro
  • lime
  • honey
  • black pepper

How to Make It:

Use a sharp chef's knife to slice the watermelon in half. Then, cut 1-inch thick circles from each half.

Cut your watermelon horizontally into 1-inch slices. Images by Jessica Bose/Food Hacks Daily

Top the watermelon with cheese; this will add a pleasant, creamy texture to your savory watermelon pizza. In the case of this Southwestern-style pizza, top the watermelon with queso fresco, a soft, mild Mexican cheese available in most grocery stores.

Image by Jessica Bose/Food Hacks Daily

Top the watermelon pizza with sliced jalapeños and cilantro. Then, finish off with a sprinkle of black pepper, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and a drizzle of honey.

Slice the topped watermelon pizza into eight pieces, just like you would any homemade pizza. Then just set the slices on a platter and watch as they disappear!

Images by Jessica Bose/Food Hacks Daily

Dessert Watermelon Pizza

You can also make watermelon pizza for dessert. Just start with a creamy component such as whipped cream, and top with fresh fruit, herbs, and a drizzle of chocolate or a glaze.

2. Blueberry-Kiwi

Ingredients:

How to Make It:

Dessert watermelon pizzas are terrific with a layer of whipped cream. Other creamy alternatives include cream cheese, coconut cream, soft cheeses, and fruit purees.

Image by Jessica Bose/Food Hacks Daily

Top the dessert watermelon pizza with blueberries, sliced kiwi, walnuts, and fresh mint leaves. Then finish it off with a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Slice the topped watermelon pizza into eight pieces and place on a platter. This is a fantastic, light dessert after a heavy meal.

Image by Jessica Bose/Food Hacks Daily

Other Watermelon Pizzas

Want more watermelon ideas? There are plenty to go around!

3. Grilled Pesto

Spices in My DNA introduces us to grilled pesto watermelon pizza. This recipe combines a salty herb and pistachio pesto with rich mozzarella cheese and honey. Enjoy while sipping a glass of rosé wine for a classy summer snack.

Image by Molly/Spices in My DNA

4. Italian

My Ginger Garlic Kitchen transforms her favorite watermelon salad into a beautiful Italian watermelon pizza. She tops her watermelon with cream cheese, basil, pickled onions, olives, and balsamic glaze.

5. Vegan

Kacey, The Cookie Writer, gets creative in making a "tomato" sauce using puréed strawberries. This vegan watermelon pizza uses summer fruits like peaches and cherries. A sprinkle of toasted coconut adds a pleasant crunch.

Images by Kacey/The Cookie Writer

(Watermelon) Pizza Is Always a Good Idea

If you thought "regular" pizza was a beautiful thing, then you are more than ready to enjoy watermelon pizza as well. It's quick to make and fun to eat, and the array of toppings are endless and spectacularly colorful. All you need is 10 minutes, a watermelon, some seasonal produce, and a group of friends to enjoy the vibrance of this amazing summer treat.

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