drinks, kids, recipes

How to Salvage a Mealy Watermelon

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I place a kitchen towel under my cutting board to keep the wobbly watermelon steady as I am cutting. It also keeps watermelon juice off my counters 🙂

You knocked on it. Made sure it was heavy for it’s size. You checked for the creamy yellow “field spot” where it was resting on the ground. You even inspected it for uniform shape and dull finish. But somehow, you ended up with a less than perfectly ripe watermelon. Don’t worry, friend. It’s happened to the best of us.

You are now left with three choices; begrudgingly eat the mushy melon, chuck  it and mourn the loss of your hard earned dollars, or bag the melon up, load the kids into the car, and take it back to the store for a refund. None of those option sounds like a good time to me. Before you sink into a pit of watermelon-less despair, let’s get creative!

With the addition of 2 other basic kitchen ingredients, you are well on your way to a deliciously refreshing Watermelon Slushie. This summer time treat is jam-packed with health benefits and contains zero added sugars while still having the same icy consistency that you’d get from that communal germ fountain convenience store machine full of swirling neon red chemicals (can you say red dye and high fructose corn syrup?).

My kids especially love this drink and as a mom, I love that I can feel 100% good about giving it to them; no standing in line at 7-11 or dealing with the sugar crash later. Score! Now that watermelon season is upon us, the kids ask for this “treat” weekly. The last time I cut into a melon, they were actually disappointed that it was “good enough to eat” and not deemed slushie material. I had to laugh at that one.

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This makes a FANTASTIC party drink during the summer for all of those sweltering back yard BBQs (veggie kabobs only for me, thanks). You could totally add a nip or two of alcohol and make this an “adult” Watermelon Slushie, but you didn’t hear that from me.

So, what makes watermelon such a nutritional powerhouse?

Watermelon: Containing more lycopene than tomatoes, watermelon has excellent cancer fighting and free radical protecting properties. Lycopene is also suggested to be more powerful than other carotenoids (like beta-carotene) at reducing the risk of strokes and inhibiting tumor growth. Watermelon is also a fantastic source of immune-boosting vitamin c and the amino acid l-citrulline that protects against muscle soreness.

Are you ready to salvage that mealy melon?

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 Watermelon Slushie


  • Watermelon flesh (seedless watermelon ONLY)
  • Ice
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus more for serving


  1. Place the watermelon flesh into your blender. Take note of the amount of melon (I had about 6 cups)
  2. Pulse the melon in the blender 2-3 times to reduce the volume.
  3. Add half the amount of ice as there was watermelon at the start (I added 3 cups ice).
  4. Add lime juice to the blender.
  5. Blend on high until the drink has reached your desired consistency. (My Ninja blender took about 20 seconds)
  6. Serve immediately with an extra squeeze of lime in each glass. Serving size will depend on the size of your watermelon. (Mine made about 4 servings)


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**Note: If you would rather a completely liquid drink or your watermelon is not seedless, break out your juicer. Take all of the watermelon flesh and run it though the juicer, add some ice cubes and enjoy a crisp glass of watermelon juice.

Do you have any tips to picking out a perfect watermelon? Share them in the comments below!

Full disclosure: This blog post contains some affiliate links. Meaning, basically, if you make a purchase from any of these links, I may make a little money. So thank you in advance for supporting my family 🙂

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