Every season has tastes that define it but none more so than summer. Red tomatoes and basil picked from the backyard; peaches so ripe that juice drips off my chin and fingers when I eat them; and nothing beats really cold, crisp watermelon on a hot day.

I start buying watermelons as soon as I see them at the store in early summer. Usually a big bowl of cubes sprinkled with salt is the most elaborate I get but then I saw this recipe for Watermelon with Yogurt and Fried Rosemary in Bon Appétit magazine and I was intrigued. It also helped that I had all the ingredients in the fridge.
Watermelon with Yogurt and Fried Rosemary

I adapted the recipe from that in the magazine just a tad. They tossed their watermelon with grapefruit juice which didn’t seem to be necessary, and left puddles on the yogurt, so I removed that step.

On the yogurt, go with the whole milk variety. It has a much nicer, creamier consistency than low fat.

I especially love the fried rosemary, and the subsequent rosemary oil, so much that I fried up another sprig and used it along with the leftover oil on popcorn and it was amazing. I’ll definitely be making that again.

While I still love a bowl of simple watermelon with salt, this recipe for Watermelon with Yogurt and Fried Rosemary gives me another way to enjoy one of my favorite summer flavors.

Watermelon with Yogurt & Fried Rosemary
Serves: 4
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 6˝ sprig of rosemary
  • ½ cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp honey, agave or maple syrup
  • Salt
  • 4 cups watermelon, rind removed, cubed
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  1. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat.
  2. Fry rosemary until crisp – about 30 seconds. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Reserve oil.
  3. Mix yogurt with sweetener and season with salt. Spread on platter.
  4. Top yogurt with cubed watermelon.
  5. Drizzle with a tablespoon of reserved rosemary oil.
  6. Sprinkle with salt, crumbled rosemary, crushed red pepper flakes and poppy seeds.

Watermelon with Yogurt and Fried Rosemary