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7 Ways with Watermelon

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In many parts of the country, watermelon is now in season – or soon will be. Be sure to snatch some up; it’s good for you! One wedge has about 86 calories, not even quite a gram of fat, no cholesterol, 2 grams of protein, 5% of the daily value of fiber – and just a little sugar (18 grams) to quell your sweet tooth.

Certainly eating a chilled wedge is a delicious way to eat all this goodness – but it’s certainly not the only way!

 

7 Creative Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

Check out 7 ways with watermelon ideas.

 

1. Chicken Fruit Salad

Funny mix of seasonal fruits, including watermelon and strawberries.

Chicken Fruit Salad

 

2. Easy Fresh Organic Watermelon Salad

Simple way to enjoy watermelon; it’s just watermelon chunks, feta cheese, mint, olive oil, and pepper.

Easy Fresh Organic Watermelon Salad

 

3. Fruit Kebabs

Funny way to serve fruit at a party, and can easily be adapted to whatever fruit is in season, including watermelon.

Fruit Kebabs

 

4. Watermelon Shakes

Simple to make; you can also pour it into frozen pop containers for a cool summer treat. Just blend together 8 oz. lemon yogurt, 2 cups of cubed, seedless watermelon, 1 pint of hulled strawberries, and 1 banana, peeled. Blenderize until smooth.

Watermelon Shakes

 

5. Spiked Watermelon Balls

Pour 1/3 cup of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar, stirring until dissolved, simmering for 3 minutes. Add ½ cup light rum and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and allow the contents to cool slightly. Add 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice and a teaspoon of grated lime peel.

Using a melon baller (a special type of spoon), scoop out about a quarter of one small watermelon, creating balls. Place the balls in a bowl and pour the rum mixture over them. Stir gently, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Spiked Watermelon Balls

 

6. Watermelon Lemonade

In a pitcher, pour 8 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice, 16 oz. fresh watermelon puree (strained), ¾ cup simple syrup (1 part water and one part sugar stirred over medium high heat until the sugar dissolves), and 24 oz. water. Stir together and chill for several hours before serving.

Watermelon Lemonade

 

7. Watermelon Salsa

Unique and tasty.

In a large bowl, mix 1 cup diced nectarine (unpeeled), 2 jalapeño peppers (seeded and chopped fine), 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 teaspoons orange zest, and 2 teaspoons grated ginger.

Allow to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Stir in 2 cups diced, seeded watermelon, ½ cup chopped cilantro, and 1/3 cup diced red onion.

Watermelon Salsa

 

Check out the video version of this article on YouTube : 7 Ways with Watermelon

 

 

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