July 27, 2016

Stuck in a rut when it comes to enjoying this quintessentially summer fruit?  If you haven't tried our host of summer watermelon recipes, you've been missing something wonderful! Think outside the recipe box (hehehe...like how we said that?) and start tossing, chopping, blending, sipping, grilling and drizzling your way to some fabulously fresh summer dishes featuring your new favorite fruit...watermelon!  (Suggestion:  Keep fresh limes around your kitchen ALL summer.  You'll use them constantly!)


Watermelon-Mint Margaritas

4 cups seeded, chopped watermelon, frozen

1/2 cup tequila

1/4 cup sugar

1 T. grated lime zest

1/4 cup lime juice (equal to the juice of 3 fresh limes)

2 T. fresh mint leaves, chopped

optional:  lime juice and sugar for rimming the glasses

If desired, coat the rims of the glasses with lime juice and dip in sugar to coat.  In a blender, process the frozen watermelon, tequila, sugar, lime zest, lime juice and mint until slushy.  Pour into glasses and garnish with lime or mint leaves if desired.  Makes 4 servings.


Watermelon Bellinis

3 cups seeded, chopped watermelon, frozen

1 cup sparkling wine (we love Prosecco), plus a bit more

2 T. sugar

dash of salt

1 lime

If desired, coat the rims of the glasses with lime juice and dip in sugar to coat.  In a blender, process the frozen watermelon, sparkling wine, sugar, salt and juice from lime until smooth.  Pour mixture into glasses, top with additional sparkling wine, garnish and serve.  Makes 4 servings.


Tomato and Watermelon Salad

5 cups seeded watermelon cubes

3 cups ripe tomato chunks

1 small red onion, sliced

1 T. sugar

1/2 t. salt

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 t. black pepper

Optional:  fresh greens like romaine, watercress or arugula

Combine the watermelon, tomatoes and onion in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with sugar and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar and oil and pour over the watermelon mixture.  Add fresh greens, if desired.  Toss gently to combine.  Sprinkle with black pepper.  Makes 4-6 servings.


Gingered Watermelon Salsa  (we love this one served with thinly sliced steak)

2 cups seeded watermelon, diced

1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced

2 T. thinly sliced green onions

1 T. chopped fresh cilantro

1 t. grated, peeled fresh ginger

2 t. white wine vinegar

1 t. fresh lime juice

1/6 t. salt

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

Combine all ingredients, cover and chill until ready to use.  Makes about 2 cups.


Watermelon-Peach Salsa  (heavenly served over grilled, boneless chicken thighs)

1/2 cup hot pepper jelly

1 T. lime zest

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. black pepper

2 cups seeded, diced watermelon

1 cup peeled, diced fresh peaches

3 cups diced fresh tomatoes

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

1/3 cup chopped fresh chives

Whisk together pepper jelly, lime zest, lime juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss in watermelon, peaches, tomatoes, basil and chives.  Makes 6 servings.


Grilled Watermelon

This is too simple to bother with an actual recipe!  Here's whatcha do:

Brush watermelon triangles with a little oil or spritz with oil spray.  Plop them on the grill for 1 minute on each side, until you get a nice grill mark.  Arrange the watermelon on a platter and drizzle with balsamic vinegar or its more syrupy version, balsamic glaze (you can create this by simply simmering balsamic vinegar in a saucepan until it reduces by a about half. It becomes thicker and slightly more heavenly).  Top grilled watermelon with whatever you love. We're particularly fond of crumbled cheese (think feta or blue cheese), thinly sliced prosciutto, and fresh mint or basil.  







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