Summer cookouts aren’t complete without a platter of watermelon wedges — either au natural or spiked (or both!). This collection of 17 watermelon recipes goes beyond the basics to make melon a welcome addition to the table all season long. Kicky salsas, refreshing frozen treats, adult libations and much more showcase the watermelon’s awesome versatility. Each is sure to get the party started wherever they’re invited!

Coconut Tapioca Pudding With Melon Ice

1. Coconut Tapioca Pudding With Melon Ice: Every spoonful delivers a lovely contrast of refreshingly tart melon ice and creamy, tropical-flavored tapioca pudding. Talk about an absolute delight for the senses. (via Always With Butter)

Coconut Rice and Watermelon Salad Bowls

2. Coconut Rice and Watermelon Salad Bowls: A great way to use up leftover steamed rice, these chilled grain salad bowls make for a delicious light meal that comes together in just minutes. (via Cotter Crunch)

Watermelon-Cantaloupe Dessert Fruit Cake

3. Watermelon-Cantaloupe Dessert Fruit Cake: We’d gladly dig into this multilayer creation that redefines the meaning of fruitcake in a very good way. (via Brit + Co)

Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad

4. Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad: Loaded with hydrating produce, this cooling salad is perfect when temps soar, or you’re in need of a bloat-busting dish. (via Naive Cook Cooks)

Minty Watermelon Jam

5. Minty Watermelon Jam: You only need four ingredients to stir up a batch of this uncommon, delicately flavored jam. (via My Kitchen Affair)

Watermelon Salsa

6. Watermelon Salsa: Scoop up this kicky fruit salsa with tortilla chips or even endive spears. We imagine it would also make a fab topping for fish tacos. (via Sweetgreen)

Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad

7. Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad: The mix of textures plus sweet, tangy and briny elements makes this one crave-worthy salad that’ll keep you satisfied. (via Pinch of Yum)

Watermelon Margarita Poptails

8. Watermelon Margarita Poptails: An oldie but a goodie, these super cute poptails are a festive alternative to Jello shots for your next fiesta. (via Brit + Co)

Watermelon Coconut Ice Cream

9. Watermelon Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan, Gluten-Free): You don’t even need an ice cream maker to churn up a batch of this luscious, date-sweetened and dairy-free frozen dessert. (via Nutritionist in the Kitchen)

Watermelon Caprese With Balsamic Reduction

10. Watermelon Caprese With Balsamic Reduction: Swap out sliced tomatoes with rounds of watermelon for an unexpected, yet still delicious, twist on the classic caprese. (via Cooking and Beer)

Watermelon Fruit Leather

11. Watermelon Fruit Leather: You only need one ingredient to make these healthy DIY snacks. Hmmm, wonder what it could possibly be… (via Domestically Blissful)

Melon and Prosciutto Salad With Basil Vinaigrette

12. Melon and Prosciutto Salad With Basil Vinaigrette: Melon and prosciutto are always a fab duo, and even more so when herbs and cheese join in on the fun. (via Lynsey Loves Food)

Cucumber Watermelon Shooters

13. Cucumber Watermelon Shooters: Put a new spin on the expected booze-infused watermelon by filling edible cucumber shot glasses with a spicy mix of peppers and spiked fruit. (via Brit + Co)

Watermelon Pizza

14. Watermelon Pizza: Go low-carb in a bright new way by topping wedges of watermelon with feta, onions and olives. It may not take the place of your fave pie, but still makes for a tasty appetizer. (via Nugget Markets)

Watermelon, Chili and Basil Ice Pops

15. Watermelon, Chili and Basil Ice Pops: The layers of flavor here are certain to tickle your taste buds with every lick. (via Food Network)

Mahi Mahi Tacos With Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Salsa

16. Mahi Mahi Tacos With Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Salsa: Mango, avocado and watermelon combine to create a stunning, spicy salsa for these grilled fish tacos. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Watermelon Mint Jello Shots

17. Watermelon Mint Jello Shots: Don’t toss that watermelon rind! Instead, repurpose it to make the perfect mold for Jello shots. (via Brit + Co)

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy watermelon? Share your preferences and recipes with us in the comments!