Outside the Peel - Watermelon Information

Think Outside the Peel

Watermelon is 100% consumable so instead of throwing away or composting, consider using the rind in a variety of menu applications. Sprouted watermelon seeds are also growing in popularity and can be added to salads for crunch as well as other applications.

Watermelon Flavor Pairings

The flavor, texture and color of watermelon pairs well with so many flavors. Use these pairing recommendations as well as cooking techniques for recipe ideation inspiration.

HERBS

  • Basil, fresh
  • Oregano, dry
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Dill, fresh
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger, fresh
  • Sage
  • Lemongrass
  • Tamarind
  • Mint
  • Thyme

SPICES

  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Sage
  • Black Pepper
  • Cloves
  • Jerk Spice
  • Sweet Thai Chili
  • Cajun Spices
  • Coriander
  • Madras Curry
  • Tamarind
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Thai Red Curry
  • Celery Seed
  • Dried Mild Chilis
  • Paprika, sweet, smoked
  • Tumeric
  • Chile
  • Flakey Salt
  • Roasted garlic
  • Vanilla

DRESSINGS/SAUCES

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Chimichurri
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Harissa
  • Vinegar, apple cider, balsamic, red wine
  • Za'atar
  • Carmel
  • Mayonaisse
  • Olive Oil
  • Tea, black, green

FRUITS

  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Coconut
  • Grapefruit
  • Kaffir Lime
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Tomato

VEGETABLES

  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Spring Mix
  • Cabbage
  • Olive, black
  • Squash
  • Carrot
  • Onion, caramelized, crispy, green, red, sweet
  • Sweet Pepper, roasted
  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes, white, sweet
  • Watercress
  • Celery
  • Romaine
  • Zucchini
  • Chilis
  • Spinach
  • Corn, roasted
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • Jalapenos
  • Jicama

GRAINS/NUTS/BEANS

  • Almonds
  • Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Rye
  • Cashews
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Edamamae
  • Walnuts
  • Kamut
  • Wheat
  • Quinoa
  • Graham Crackers

DAIRY

  • Blue Cheese
  • Gouda
  • Cream
  • Parmesan
  • Creme Fraiche
  • Pepper Jack
  • Feta
  • Sour Cream
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Yogurt
  • Goat Cheese

PROTEIN

  • Bacon
  • Fish, griled
  • Pork, roasted
  • Beef, grilled
  • Lamb
  • Salmon
  • Chicken, grilled, fried
  • Lobster
  • Scallops
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Agave
  • Honey
  • Chocolate, dark, milk, white
  • Tequila

FLAVOR AFFINITIES

  • Watermelon + cilantro + cream + tequila
  • Watermelon + fennel + lemon juice + parsley + salt
  • Watermelon + feta cheese + red onion
  • Watermelon + kaffir lime + vanilla

COOKING TECHNIQUES

  • Juice
  • Compress
  • Jell, gelee
  • Puree
  • Pickle
  • Foam
  • Glaze
  • Infuse
  • Consomme
  • Grill, sear
  • Carbonate
Source: The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
  • Lamb Chorizo
  • Seared Halibut Watermelon Vinaigrette
  • Watermelon and Beets
  • Watermelon Gazpacho
    • What Watermelon Research Says

      The top savory ingredients paired with watermelon on appetizer, entrée and salad menus from our MenuTrends Research are:

      • Cheese

      • Tomato

      • Vinaigrette

      • Onion

      • Cucumber

      • Chicken

      • Feta

      • Potato

      • Dressing

      • Pork

      • Corn

      • Carrot

      • Balsamic

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