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The Best Uses for Your Leftover Watermelon

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Sweet, juicy and fun to eat, watermelon is a summer staple for kids as well as adults. However, when you buy a large melon, you can't always eat the whole fruit at once. After everyone has their fill of the watermelon, make use of the leftovers with one of these tasty dishes. 

Watermelon Smoothie 
One of the easiest (and tastiest) uses for extra watermelon is to add it to a smoothie. All you need to do is throw a few cubes of melon into your blender and puree it. You can enjoy it on its own as a pulpy juice or mix in Greek yogurt, mint and other fruit for a protein-rich snack. 

Make frozen treats out of your watermelon. Make frozen treats out of your watermelon.

Frozen Treats 
Are you or your kids looking for a frozen treat that isn't loaded with sugar? Consider watermelon cubes. All you need to do is cube the rest of your watermelon and place it in your refrigerator overnight. The next day you'll be left with a few frozen, bite-sized sweet treats without added sugar. 

You can also puree your watermelon into a liquid then pour the liquid into containers, such as an ice cube tray or paper cups. Place a craft stick in the liquid and you'll be left with a delicious ice pop. 

Grilled Watermelon Salad 
Did you know you can grill watermelon? Cooking this typically cold fruit can unlock some of its flavor and give it a smoky essence. 

To grill watermelon all you need to do is brush each side of a wedge of the fruit with olive oil then place it on the grill or a hot skillet. After it cooks for a bit, flip it until done. Use the grilled watermelon pieces in a salad with goat cheese and nuts for a unique summer meal. 

Don't waste a single piece of watermelon - get creative instead!Don't waste a single piece of watermelon - get creative!

Watermelon Soup 
Watermelon can make a great soup too. All you need to do is puree cubes of the fruit in your blender. Pour this puree into a saucepan and mix with your favorite ingredients. Some people opt for Thai flavors, while other prefer just a few fresh herbs. Place in a dish and store in the refrigerator over night. Serve cold.