Quick Watermelon “Pizza”

I hesitate to even call this a “recipe” because it’s very open to individual interpretation. However, I wanted to share another quick yet impressive-looking BBQ season dish that does not involve turning on an oven!

Watermelon is undoubtedly one of the best parts of summer. This watermelon “pizza” can be customized in a multitude of ways but will certainly please a wide variety of people. They’ll likely think you spend a lot more time preparing it than you really did–who doesn’t love that?

Here are some of my best tips for picking a top-quality watermelon:

  1. Look for a large yellowish/white spot on one side. This means the melon was sitting in the sun long enough to ripen and get nice and sweet.
  2. The melon should be relatively heavy for it’s size (at least comparable in weight to a bowling ball).
  3. Rapping on the shell of the melon should elicit a deep and hollow tone.

A life-saving (not really but almost) tip straight from my mother’s kitchen: instead of using a cutting board, chop the watermelon on top of a rimmed cookie sheet. This will capture all the delicious red juice and avoid a very sticky counter top.

Someday I will have a compost pile to dispose of watermelon rinds (#goals). In the meantime, here are some creative uses for the typically trashed pieces!

Why does this make me think of Pac-Man?


  • 1 large watermelon (will yield 3-5 pizzas)
  • Yogurt or frosting of choice
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • Mixed fresh berries, organic if possible
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • Chopped fresh mint


  1. Using a very sharp chef’s knife, carefully slice straight down into the watermelon starting on the outer edge and working your way in. Try to make disk shapes about 1 inch wide. Repeat until all watermelon is used.
  2. I find the disks most suitable for “pizza” are the ones cut nearest to the center, as they have a wide diameter. Feel free to slice the small disks into cubes to eat later.
  3. When you have your selected your “pizza pies,” lay them onto large platters and cut into individual slices, as pictures above.
  4. Add desired toppings and serve immediately! I used yogurt here, but for more of a classic dessert, frosting/ice cream would also work!
Anyone who claims the serving size here is “one slice,” is just kidding themselves.

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