The dog days of summer are barking, and there is nothing easier or more refreshing to enjoy with family and friends than a simple to put together, fun to eat Watermelon Bar! Reminiscent of those days when we all use to get together on the back porch, cut open a good, cold watermelon and eat until we were sick, a Watermelon Bar is all that summery goodness wrapped up with toppings! And didn’t someone famous once say that toppings make everything better? … Well, we’ll just pretend like they did.
What You Need To Make Your Own Watermelon Bar
- Watermelon, sliced into small wedges
- limes, sliced into wedges
- Cilantro, chopped
- Goat cheese crumbles
- Caribbean Seasoning
- Feta cheese crumbles
- Balsamic vinaigrette
- Mint, chopped
- Salt & Pepper
A Watermelon Bar is a simple concept. Just like a taco bar or hot chocolate bar, it’s really all about the toppings and letting guests build their own masterpiece. It can be a summer event all unto itself (which is the way I like it!) or a fun “build your own dessert” at a cookout.
My watermelon bar features a Caribbean option and a “watermelon salad” option. Or something in between depending how much mixing and matching takes place. Have guests who aren’t sure about all this topping business? Well, plain, sweet watermelon in all its natural glory is certainly a choice here too!
The “watermelon salad” option has flavors you are probably already familiar with when it comes to delicious summertime watermelons- a little Feta cheese, chopped mint, and a balsamic vinaigrette drizzle make for the perfect “watermelon salad” wedge. Not sure you want to go all here? Try one of my personal favorites- just a little mint and a few blueberries from the Caribbean toppings… or maybe just the mint… mint and lime? The options are endless!
Sometimes, though, you’ve just got to be a little spicy. This is where the Caribbean side of your watermelon bar comes in. A dusting of Caribbean seasoning (that has a little kick) paired with cool cilantro, goat cheese and a little lime juice squeezed over the top is only made better when you throw on a blueberry or two.
Watermelon is one of those summer favorites that we all look forward to and, let’s face it, is delicious all on its own, especially at the height of summer when the heat makes those melons sugary sweet. And chilled just right, a good watermelon can make any hot day seem like the best darn day of the year. But add toppings and… well, now you’ve just entered a whole new level of summer.