While strolling through the grocery store, all of a sudden that gigantic cardboard box of watermelon obstructs your path.
Whether you knock on the fruit to gauge for ripeness or claim to know a more scientific method, a delicious watermelon is now on the kitchen counter. You love that fruit, and for good reason. Watermelon is chock-full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and lycopene. It can also relieve muscle soreness and lower blood pressure. To make sure none of that precious fruit goes to waste, here are a few recipes you might want to try out.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Okay, friends. This juice is life changing. It is refreshing and sweet, good for any meal, and a hit at parties. Plus, it requires only minutes to make. All you need is lime, fresh mint, sugar, water, ice, and (of course) watermelon. Blend it all up and keep your fingers crossed that there will be leftovers. You won't be able to get enough.
Although it's hard to imagine that mango salsa could become any tastier, next time add some watermelon to it. When combined with the heat from a jalapeño, you've got a sweet concoction that soothes the tongue and yet has a kick to it at the same time. Enjoy with a bag of chips or eat a whole bowl plain. No one will judge.
Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad
It's the classic strawberry salad with all the basic ingredients: almonds, blue cheese, savory chicken, and syrupy balsamic dressing over spinach. Only difference? Switch out the strawberries for watermelon. The creamy, salty cheese gives the fruit a tang you won't soon forget. Just make sure to be generous with the size of your watermelon chunks ... it keeps you full longer and adds a pop of color to your greens.
Fresh Mint and Watermelon Soda Float
Want to jazz up that watermelon agua fresca with a little ice cream? Before mixing your watermelon and mint together in a blender, add a splash of carbonated water to it. When blended, pour the liquid over some good old fashioned vanilla ice cream and you have a worthy (and healthier) rival to the standard root beer float.
Everyone loves a good bowl of soup. To beat the heat during summertime, though, try your hand at a little watermelon gazpacho. Served cold, this soup is a puréed combination of cucumber, dill, and a touch of tomato. Sprinkle a little feta cheese on top and the result is a light, satisfying meal. Plus, it only dirtied one dish-your blender-you can't beat that!