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If you are in need of a delicious and fun summertime dessert or snack, this watermelon pizza is for you! Not only is it refreshing on a hot summer day, but it’s also easy to make with only a handful of easy to find ingredients. This watermelon pizza is also a great recipe to get the kids involved in the kitchen!
Watermelon pizza is such a simple concept. Does it really need its own blog post? I mean, it’s so easy to make and extra fun for the little kids. I toyed with the idea of whether I should make this a formal post because it is such a simple concept. But then I realized that I had completely forgotten about watermelon pizza even being a thing and I figured others probably had as well.
Which brings us here!
Simple is Better When it Comes to Food
I have been professionally creating recipes for close to 15 years now. Many of the ones I have come up with I have shared on this site. You can find all of those in my massive recipe library here. And many more that I have created have been total flops and those have gone by the wayside, never to see the light of day on this site. While I do have lots of recipes that are more complex, I am continually reminded that SIMPLE IS BETTER.
Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that make all the difference. Simple doesn’t have to mean boring. Simple means letting the food shine through in its natural state. Plus, seeing that we live in an ever-increasingly busy world, simple is often preferred. A recipe that can be fixed in a handful of minutes with a handful of commonly found ingredients is more appreciated and approachable than one with a mile-long ingredient list.
If simple is up your alley, then you’ll probably enjoy these easy recipes too:
- Strawberry Clouds Dessert
- Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting
- Easy Instant Pot Lemon Curd
- Death by Chocolate Blender Brownies
- Easiest Watermelon Salad
- Quick Pickled Red Onions
- Easy Mason Jar Greek Salad
- Coconut Oil Roasted Carrot Fries
Watermelon Pizza Recipe Notes
Summer is in full swing at the time of this blog post going live. You may be enjoying it outside, soaking up the sunshine and warm (or hot) air, depending on where you live. Or, you may be sticking close to the air conditioner. We have been enjoying the weather and are thankful for the springtime move that got us out of the hot city and more into the mountains where the air stays quite a bit cooler in these hot summer months.
No matter where you live, you probably have access to watermelon and other summer fruits. This recipe is a cinch to make and is 100% customizable depending on your needs and what you have on hand. Here are a few suggestions before we dive into the actual recipe.
This recipe can be prepared in advance. A few hours ahead would be fine for full preparation, but I wouldn’t spread the cheese on and let it sit longer than that. Otherwise, the cheese starts to get a little too mushy. But you can definitely have everything prepped in advance so all you have to do is assemble it when you’re ready for it.
Make sure your watermelon is fully chilled before preparing. Warm watermelon doesn’t slice as well and frankly, it just doesn’t taste as good either. You can make as much or as little as you want, depending on how big your watermelon is.
If you can tolerate dairy, feel free to use full-fat ricotta or mascarpone. You could even use softened cream cheese or cottage cheese, but ricotta and mascarpone are the best in my opinion. Yogurt will also work, but it needs to be a very thick yogurt, like Greek.
If you are dairy-free, you could use any non-dairy substitute you like. Kite Hill has an almond milk ricotta and VioLife Foods has a cream cheese and a chocolate cocospread that would be delicious with this recipe. Or you may have your own favorite brand of vegan cheese. Use whatever tickles your fancy.
When it comes to toppings for your watermelon pizza, use whatever you want. Fresh berries and herbs are classic but you could also add some chopped nuts, a drizzle of honey or balsamic, shredded coconut, hemp seeds… The sky’s the limit!
Kids LOVE watermelon pizza so get them involved in helping prepare it. If they are older and knife savvy, they could prepare the whole thing. If they are younger, have them help wash the berries, spread the cheese, and sprinkle on the toppings.
Ok, all of this talk about watermelon is making me hungry! Let’s dive into the recipe!
If you are in need of a delicious and fun summertime dessert or snack, this watermelon pizza is for you! Not only is it refreshing on a hot summer day, but it's also easy to make with only a handful of easy to find ingredients. This watermelon pizza is also a great recipe to get the kids involved in the kitchen!
- Whole watermelon slices (approx. 1/2"-1" thick, as shown in photos)
- Mascarpone, ricotta, Greek yogurt or any non-dairy/vegan substitute. You need approx. 1/2-3/4 cup of cheese mixture per slice of watermelon.
- Fresh lemon or lime juice. You need 1-2 tsp of juice per 1/2-3/4 cup of cheese mixture.
- Fruit toppings of your choice, such as berries, sliced orange, kiwi, pineapple, etc.
- Other toppings of your choice, such as shredded coconut, chopped nuts, thick balsamic vinegar, raw honey, sprinkles (these are may favorite sprinkles), chocolate chips, etc.
- Optional: Coconut sugar, honey, or other sweetener for the cheese mixture. You can add 1-3 tablespoons of sweetener per 1/2-3/4 cup of cheese mixture.
- Wash the outside of your watermelon and slice into 1/2" - 1" slices. Set on a sheet pan or serving dish.
- Prepare any of your other toppings, like washing your berries, chopping nuts, etc.
- Place your mascarpone, ricotta, etc. in a mixing bowl with the lemon or lime juice and optional sweetener and whip until smooth and fluffy.
- Spread the cheese mixture evenly over the watermelon slices.
- Top with your toppings of choice and then slice into wedges.
- Chill in the fridge until ready to serve (up to a few hours - the cheese can sometimes get too runny if it sits on the watermelon longer than that).
This recipe is so simple and flexible that it's almost hard to write instructions for it. None of this is set in stone, so please feel free to adjust as you desire. It's going to taste delicious no matter what! 🙂
This Watermelon Pizza Helps You Eat the Rainbow! (+ Special Coupon Code)
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