7 Luscious Vegan Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon season is here! It’s delicious by the wedge, but these vegan watermelon recipes will help you harness the health benefits of watermelon all spring and summer long.

Prepping Your Watermelon

Prepping a whole watermelon can seem a bit overwhelming, especially the first couple of times you do it. Luckily, there’s an easy video that shows you how to make cutting a watermelon easy and turn out perfect cubes every time.

Removing the base before you get started is key, so you’re not wrangling a roly-poly melon as you work. From there, you just peel and cube. Easy peasy!

7 Luscious Vegan Watermelon Recipes

Vegan Watermelon Recipes

Got your watermelon prepped and ready to go? Let’s make some summery deliciousness!

1. Watermelon Agua Fresca

Traditional agua fresca recipes contain added sugar, but with sweet watermelon in the mix, there’s no need to do that. You aren’t juicing your watermelon to make this refreshing summer drink – everything just goes for a spin in the blender.

2. Watermelon Fennel Gazpacho

Tomato isn’t the beginning or end of gazpacho-making! You can make this cold, summer soup out of virtually any fruit, and watermelon is a delicious option. It plays beautifully with the mild, licorice flavor from the fennel in this easy recipe.

3. Watermelon Poke Bowls

If you haven’t tried using watermelon as a fish replacement in a vegan poke bowl, I encourage you to get past any initial negative feelings you have and go for it. Marinated watermelon pieces don’t exactly taste like fish, but the texture and flavor are satisfying in a very similar way.

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4. Tomato Basil Watermelon Salad

Balsamic vinegar turns this flavorful salad into a sweet-and-sour treat. It’s perfect for bringing to cookouts, picnics and potlucks all summer long, and you only need a few simple ingredients to make it. There is even an oil-free option, which makes the ingredients list even shorter!

5. Cucumber-Lime Watermelon Popsicles

This is another situation where watermelon’s natural sweetness carries the recipe. Like the agua fresca, these cooling popsicles are refined sugar-free. The recipe does include maple syrup, but it’s optional, so just skip it for a healthier dessert. You’ll never miss the added sweetener.

6. Watermelon Mule Sorbet

If you’re looking for a super decadent watermelon treat, this is the recipe for you! This grown-up sorbet has a splash of rum, creamy coconut milk and spicy ginger. You do need an ice cream maker to make this sorbet, but the results are well worth all of the chilling time.

7. Watermelon Candy Strips

If you have a food dehydrator, prepare to be amazed! I bet you didn’t know that you can dehydrate watermelon, and it is delicious! Because watermelon has so much water, the resulting candy has a super-concentrated flavor. It’s lovely for snacking or as a dessert.

All images via recipe authors, used with permission.


Paulo Reeson
Paulo Reesonabout a month ago


Sue Magee
Sue Mabout a month ago

Some interesting recipes - going to try the gazpacho one when it's warmer

Christina C
Christina Cabout a month ago

Yum, my favourite summertime treat :) Thank you for the recipes!

Melisa B
Mia Babout a month ago

Thank you for sharing

Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago


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Ruth Sabout a month ago


Angela K
Angela Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

Shae Lee
Shae Leeabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing!

Tabot T
Tabot Tabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing!

Bill E
Bill Eagleabout a month ago

One can not deny it, these recipes certainly look delicious.