Most people love watermelon as a favorite summer treat. Besides being delicious, watermelon is very low-calorie and has numerous health-promoting nutrients: like vitamins and minerals such as choline, copper, folate, magnesium, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin, vitamin B-6 and zinc; amino acids that help with weight loss, and lycopene which research has shown helps to prevent cancer. Watermelon has also been demonstrated to soothe sore muscles, ease inflammation and reduce blood pressure. Although the summertime treat tastes terrific raw and plain, there are many ways to be creative while the healthful and favorite summertime fruit is in season.
While watermelon and tomato might not seem a likely combination, together the flavors create a mouth-watering treat. Because both are high in lycopene, the salad has a healthful cancer-fighting benefit as well.
Add watermelon chunks, bacon bits and sweet chili sauce mixed with a little fresh lime juice to fresh spinach leave for a flavorful salad that is a true taste sensation.
For an appetizer, salad or just dessert, brush watermelon with honey grill over an open flame.
Most people would never guess that baked watermelon has a texture almost identical to raw fish. Just slice some 1-inch thick pieces of watermelon and bake on a cookie sheet and then place over sushi rice balls for a unique summertime finger food.
To make the same dish made famous by Nashville’s The Loveless Cafe, slice ribs in three-bone sections, place in a roasting pan and smother with barbecue sauce and watermelon chunks. Roast covered in a 300-degree oven for about two hours, or until the meat falls off the bone.
Layer thin slices of watermelon with feta cheese, place on a platter and drizzle with honey and vinegar for a sweet and salty appetizer that will be gobbled up in a second.
Gill up a favorite fish filet and serve with salsa made from fresh blueberries and watermelon for a yummy meal that has both the healing power of fruit and the health promoting omega-3 fatty acids of fish.
Gill up some fresh mangoes and watermelon slices, mix up with some mint leaves and cilantro and serve with a prime cut of beef for a cookout sensation.
Mix water, sugar, watermelon and a little lime juice and freeze for a cool summer treat. For a more adult version try adding a measure of tequila.
Originally created in Italy, the semi-frozen dessert is a slightly grainer cousin of sorbet. Add some anise and lemon juice for a sweet-and-sour kick.
Place fresh-cut watermelon and frozen lemonade mix in a blender with a dash of mint for a cool sweet-and-sour drink. Just be sure to keep it away from the kids or they might try to sell it in their lemonade stand.
Just add some frozen pureed watermelon to a favorite mojito recipe to sweeten up the classic Cuban cocktail. Add a fresh lime slice for a slight sour twist.
Homemade jelly is perfect spread on bread, crackers, pancakes or even as cake filling. Any apple jelly recipes should work fine with watermelon. It will be popular, so make plenty to have on hand all winter.
Use this tasty relish to top fish, ham or even steamed vegetables for an extra hit of flavor. Since only the rind is used for the relish it leaves plenty of fruit to make all the other dishes.