Your 4th of July festivities deserve a little healthy refreshment. Whip up these three simple 4th-themed watermelon treats for your family, friends and yourself! It's a tasty way to stay fueled up during this fun-filled celebration. You just might start a new tradition.
Watermelon Star Wands
Celebrate freedom and nice weather with these star-topped treats. They're fun to eat – no utensils required.
- Large seedless watermelon
- Star-shaped hollow cookie cutter
- Wooden skewers
- Small mozzarella balls
- Balsamic dressing, fresh mint (optional)
Slice the watermelon into slabs ½"-¾" thick. Press the cookie cutter into a watermelon slab to make as many stars as possible, repeating with each slab. Save the leftover watermelon bits for a fruit salad or fruity drink for your holiday outing.
Assemble the wands by pushing three or four blueberries onto each skewer, followed by a mozzarella ball and three or four more blueberries. Leave plenty of room at one end of the skewer to use as a handle. Add the star topper to the other end by pressing the skewer between two points of a watermelon star.
Display the finished skewers by inserting them into the fleshy white portion of the watermelon rings left behind from your carving project, or place them in a clean jar or atop a serving platter. Sprinkle with balsamic dressing and fresh mint shreds, if desired.
Patriotic Fruit Flag
Show your true colors with this flag-inspired fruit salad, made with watermelon, feta cheese and blueberries. If you aren't a fan of feta, substitute mozzarella or pepper jack.
- Pint of fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
- Small white serving bowl (preferably square)
- Rectangular platter
- Seedless watermelon, halved
- 8 oz. block of feta or other white cheese
- Party toothpicks
Place the blueberries in the serving bowl. Place the serving bowl in the upper left corner of the serving tray, representing the star corner of the flag.
Cut the halved watermelon into 1" thick slices. Make vertical slits through the edible portion of each slice. Free the melon bits by sliding the knife around the inside curve of the melon along the white portion inside the rind. Cut the bits into bite-sized cubes or hunks.
Cut the feta cheese block into strips, then bite-sized cubes.
Assemble the stripes of the edible flag by alternating rows of watermelon and cheese along the tray, starting with the watermelon at the top. Place the platter out on the serving table along with a jar of decorative party picks. Use picks topped with red or blue streamers or star shapes to celebrate the 4th.
Crafty Melon Keg
Turn a watermelon into a 4th of July keg that also provides a refreshing watermelon juice drink for the festivities. A screw-on tap from a beer supply store or from a water or lemonade dispenser allows you to pour the drink right out of the melon for a pleasant party surprise.
- Oblong watermelon, rinsed
- Large knife
- Large spoon
- Large bowl
- Washable marker
- Pumpkin carving set (or paring knife and potato peeler)
- Beer tap
- Lime Juice
Slice off just enough of one end of the melon so you can stand it upright, being careful not to cut into the pink part. Stand the melon on a plate. Slice a thicker amount off the other end so you can scoop out the innards. Scoop away, placing the watermelon chunks in a bowl. Leave approximately two inches of edible watermelon inside the bottom end so the spigot stays put.
Write a message such as "Happy 4th!" on the side of the melon in washable marker. Carve a thin layer away along the lines so the carved area looks white or light green. Poke a hole on the outside of the melon a couple inches from the bottom using the carving set or knife. Twist the tap into place so it points downward.
Mix the watermelon chunks with an equal amount of water in a blender, adding a tablespoon each of lime juice and sugar. Strain the mixture (if desired), then pour it back into the watermelon keg. Replace the sliced keg top and serve.
Refrigerate all leftovers. Keep the treats containing cheese refrigerated until ready to serve.