Though it's most often eaten on its own—cold, sliced, no recipe needed—watermelon can be a refreshing counterpoint to strong flavors like mint and ginger, tart lime, and even spicy, marinated pork belly.
Festive and flavorful, this no-cook dish will help you keep cool during the season's final heat wave.
Serve this vermilion-hued soup as a palate cleanser, appetizer, or even dessert.
Crispy, tender morsels of slow-cooked pork belly are offset by cubes of juicy watermelon in this incredible Southeast Asian–inspired dish.
A scoop of icy watermelon granita perfects this lime-accented layered dessert from pastry chef Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez.
Anya Hoffman is a freelance writer and a contributing editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter.