Calvin Harris Is, Like, Really Into Watermelon

Calvin, call us. We've got some recipes you need to try!

When he's not dropping hits with Sam Smith and Dua Lipa, it appears Calvin Harris has taken up a more relaxing hobby this past summer — tending to his watermelon garden (or visiting another!). One look at his Instagram shows the celebrity DJ appreciating, admiring and even talking to his homegrown fruit; he posted about watermelon not once, not twice, but three times in August.

And as the creators of the watermelon keg, the double watermelon keg, sliceable watermelon ice cream and more, we know a watermelon fan when we see one. Welcome to the club, Calvin!

Harris is so protective of his melon that he built individual fences around each one, according to a recent interview with BBC Radio 1. It’s clearly been a labor of love.

But now that his crops have come to fruition (pun intended), what can he do with all that melon? Well we think watermelon is great for any occasion, and we've got the recipes to prove it.

The Kitchen hosts makes a Watermelon Slushy Bar, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

The Kitchen hosts makes a Watermelon Slushy Bar, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

Harris is in Vegas one day and London the next. If we were traveling for hours on end, there’s only one thing we’d want waiting for us at home: The Kitchen’s ultra-refreshing watermelon slushy. Freeze the watermelon in advance for a drink that's ready to go in a matter of minutes!

Sure, a world-famous DJ probably knows how to throw a good party. But we think any party can be improved with a batch of Trisha Yearwood's watermelon salsa. The sweetness of the watermelon is offset by spicy jalapeno and tangy red onion in a combo that’s sure to please any crowd.

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Photo by: David Malosh

David Malosh

Watermelon doesn’t need to be served cold. When the Grammy-winning superstar needs to warm up on a chilly night, we suggest he cozies up with Michael Symon’s watermelon and halloumi. Symon soaks the watermelon wedges in a sweet-and-sour marinade, then places them on seared halloumi cheese for a warm, flavorful snack.

Who doesn’t love a good taco? Food Network Kitchen’s chicken-watermelon tacos are so easy to make, they're the perfect pre-concert dinner. Chopped watermelon is combined with rotisserie chicken, cotija cheese and tomatillos for a taco that’s tangy, tasty and too yummy to stop at just one.

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