Get thee to a farm stand or grocery store, because Saturday, August 3rd is National Watermelon Day, and you don’t want to be caught without this delicious representation of summertime goodness. Whether you eat it sliced up, cubed, or blended with other fruits, there’s nothing like a sweet and light bite of the watermelon. We’ve found a few yummy (and surprising) watermelon-based recipes for your summertime enjoyment:
WATERMELON SALAD WITH JALAPENO AND LIME (from geniuskitchen.com)
- 3 T lime juice
- 2 t olive oil
- 1 pinch lime zest
- 2 C seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced ⁄ cup basil (or Thai basil)
- 1 t black sesame seed
- 1 t sea salt
Whisk together lime juice, oil and lime zest. Set aside. Place frozen watermelon cubes in single layer in large shallow dish. Pour lime juice mixture over watermelon, and gently toss to combine. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Place 5 jalapeño rings each in 4 shallow serving bowls. Mound 1/2 cup watermelon in center of each bowl. Divide marinade among bowls. Sprinkle with basil, sesame seeds and salt, and serve.
WATERMELON LIME CHILLER (from toravey.com)
- 3 C cubed seedless watermelon, well chilled
- 1 1/2 fresh limes, juiced
- 1/4 C rum (optional)
- Simple syrup or agave nectar, or your favorite sweetener, to taste
- Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
Put watermelon chunks and lime juice into a blender. Process on high until smooth. Add sweetener to taste, if needed, and blend again. Pour drink into two glasses over ice. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve.
We hope you enjoy our Watermelon-Day-inspired yarn AND find the time to make some delicious watermelon-based treats on National Watermelon Day.