Watermelon is one of my Summertime favorites. As the name implies, watermelon has an extremely high water content of around 92%, making it an excellent diuretic. Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene and the antioxidant lycopene. In addition, it’s also a good source of vitamins B1 and B6, pantothenic acid, potassium, and fiber.
Although tapping on watermelon to hear if it sounds hollow is often a good determinant of ripeness, it doesn’t always prove effective. In addition, look for melons with a smooth surface and a cream-colored underbelly. Enjoy this fruit tossed into salads, drizzled with citrus juice or sprinkled with creamy cheese.
Watermelon & Mint Salad
Listen to “Watermelon Man” by Mongo Santamaria while you slice up your melon!
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
To taste sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped finely
1 large seedless watermelon, cut into bite size pieces
1 yellow onion, cut into 1/4 inch rings
4 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled
- In a small bowl, combine vinegar, salt, pepper and whisk until the salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Add chopped mint. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- In a large bowl, combine melon, onion and feta. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss until coated.
- Cilantro, cream and tequila
- Kaffir lime, coconut milk and vanilla
- Feta, tomatoes, arugula and balsamic
- Goat cheese, cucumber, tomato and basil
- Lump crab, red onion, mint and cucumber
- Banana and coconut milk smoothie