Did you know that July is National Watermelon Month AND National Blueberry Month? I love both fruits, so I can’t believe that they have to share the month!
My favorite way to eat watermelon is chunked and covered in Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning (sorry, Taijin). Still, there are lots of other delicious ways to enjoy it, too. The same goes for blueberries. We all know they’re a great snack or pie filling, but they’re pretty versatile.
In honor of these important national holidays, I’m going to round up some of the best watermelon and blueberry recipes that I can think of.
1. Watermelon Salsa
I was skeptical about the idea of watermelon salsa initially, but once I saw how the ingredients work together, I was sold. It’s a little sweet, a little savory, perfectly salty, and just a touch spicy. Perfect for hot summer days!
It combines watermelon and cucumber with diced peppers, lime juice, seasoning, and a little bit of jalapeño to strike that delicious sweet heat balance. You can increase or decrease the amount of jalapeño to get your ideal spice level, but trust me when I say it’s worth trying!
The full recipe can be found here.
2. Blueberry Cobbler
Hands down, The Pioneer Woman’s cobbler is my favorite. I do love a good, crumbly streusel topping on my cobblers, but there’s something about the sweet cakiness of this particular cobbler that just does it for me.
The recipe is crazy easy! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve made it. I’ve used peaches, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, blueberries … you name it. Serve it hot or cold with ice cream or whipped cream, and it’s perfect.
Grab the recipe here.
Pro tip: Toss your blueberries in lemon juice! It will make the flavor really pop.
3. Watermelon Sorbet
This recipe is called “5 Minute Watermelon Sorbet,” but it actually takes a little longer than that to make. You’ll need to completely freeze your watermelon chunks first. Otherwise, it won’t really be a sorbet. (It becomes a mediocre icy slush if you’re impatient!)
All you need is cubed watermelon, lime juice, a food processor, and some patience to make this sorbet. The full recipe is here.
(I like to add coconut milk or a little condensed milk for a creamier version.)
4. Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake
You didn’t think we could make it through a whole recipe roundup without mentioning the power couple that is blueberry and lemon, right?
I’m a sucker for creamy, cold desserts, especially if lemon is involved. This lemon blueberry icebox cake is everything I need in a summer dessert and more. It’s creamy. Cold. Lemony. And packed with blueberries. I also love a good icebox cake because you don’t have to bake them! Trust me. You need to try this recipe at least once.
Get the step-by-step instructions here.
5. Watermelon Caprese
I’m trying to include more savory watermelon recipes. All of the super popular watermelon recipes seem to be cocktails or lemonades, but that’s boring! I want to do FUN and NEW things with my watermelon!
Which brings us to watermelon caprese salad. It would not have occurred to me to swap out tomatoes for watermelon chunks, but here we are. The saltiness of the mozzarella combined with the slightly sweet and tart flavor of balsamic vinegar (or balsamic vinegar glaze) is surprisingly refreshing. I also appreciate how quick and easy this is to throw together, especially if you cheat like I usually do and buy pre-chunked fresh watermelon.
Check out the full recipe here.
6. Balsamic Blueberry, Corn, and Feta Salad
Yes, I know we just did a balsamic recipe, but this time we’re using blueberries! This dish actually calls for white balsamic, but if you don’t mind the ingredients taking on the slightly darker color of regular balsamic, you can use that too.
I can’t deal with heavy foods during the summer, especially if I’m eating outside. This salad is a light, crunchy, savory-sweet side that’s perfect for barbecues or outdoor gatherings. It’s also easy to scale up or down, so you can make as much as you need without taking up too much extra time.
The roasted flavor of the corn combined with the salty feta, soft and sweet blueberries, and the tang of the balsamic is unbeatable.
Grab the recipe here.
Here’s to Summer!
What are your favorite sweet or savory recipes for blueberries and watermelon? Share a link in the comments so we can all try something new this summer!