How to Marinate a Watermelon


There more to watermelon than taking bites out of juicy wedges at a summer picnic.
Watermelon soaks up marinades and holds in flavors, which makes it a refreshing component for summer salads, cold soups, curries and barbecue fare. Pair the sweetness of watermelon with the spiciness or tartness of marinade ingredients for a balanced taste. Marinate watermelon cubes right before adding them to a meal or chill them for longer for a lightly picked flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Balsamic, white wine or champagne vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Fresh citrus juice
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings
  • Whisk
  • Knife
  • Melon baller, optional
  • Plastic wrap, optional
  • Pour an acidic ingredient, such as balsamic, white wine or champagne vinegar, into a bowl. Squeeze in fresh citrus juice such as lime, lemon or orange juice, then add olive oil.

  • Add seasonings and fresh herbs, such as salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic, mint, basil or dill. Whisk the ingredients.

  • Cut the flesh of the watermelon into cubes or scoop watermelon balls using a melon baller. Remove and discard any seeds or rind.

  • Place the watermelon cubes in a large bowl. Pour the marinade over the cubes and toss to coat them. Marinate the watermelon at room temperature for at least five minutes before adding it to a meal, or cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate the watermelon for at least one hour to pickle it.

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