Tag Archives: watermelon

If it’s watermelon time, it must be summer

2 Jun Glass2

It’s not the heat and it’s not the pool opening. It’s not the strappy dresses and sandals or the birds chirping too early and the fire-pitless porch parties lasting past midnight.

What tells me it’s summertime is the large, cardboard box full of big green orbs that greets me when I enter Trader Joe’s.

I received that happy welcome last weekend. There was even a woman handing out watermelon samples at a makeshift tasting station. She advised that the sweetest watermelons were ones with yellow on them. Taking her word for it, I grabbed (if you can “grab” a bowling ball without finger holes) a fine looking specimen and weighted down my cart immediately.

At the official tasting station, they were sampling Watermelon Cucumber Juice. Good stuff! I’d bought a container the week before, but hadn’t opened it yet. As Persian Cucumbers are one of my shopping-list staples, I looked in my cart and thought, “Cukes, watermelon…why not make my own juice?!”

Hydratedly inspired, I searched for a recipe and found a three-ingredient drink I thought I could master. The third ingredient was lime juice – and I found that it makes ALL the difference!

(Although there are several sites with similar recipes, mine came from AllRecipes.com. Thanks, AllRecipes!)

How To Make Watermelon Cucumber Cooler:

I used:

  • 4 Persian cucumbers
  • 1/2 the fruit from a watermelon
  • 2 limes

Trim the ends off your cukes and cut into bite-sized chunks.

Cut the watermelon into chunks.

Combine the cuke and watermelon chunks and liquify in a blender or food processor.

Stir in the juice from the limes. It’s OK if a little lime fruit drops in, too!

It makes a pitcher-full of juice. Enjoy!

This is what it looked like:

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Notes: The cukes were unpeeled. The watermelon had very few seeds, so I just let the few involved get mixed in the batch.

I had planned to make a fizzy drink by adding carbonated water to half a cup of juice, but I got caught up in the deliciousness, and the batch was finished before I remembered I wanted to do that! Next time.

Happy Fourth of July!

4 Jul

Wearing a healthy dose of red, white and blue for the occasion. Have a wonderful July 4, wherever you are, whatever your homeland!

Patriotic display of fruit

Red, white and blueberries

Salivation Sunday: Summer salad video

19 May

This is a vegan offshoot of one of my favorite salads: Using watermelon in a savory way. The veggies are so delicious, by the end of this Anthropologie video, I want the bowl of salad in front of me immediately! Still waiting for that online feature.

Happy Sunday!

A good thing to do with watermelon, mint and feta cheese

24 Sep

The weather’s getting cooler, but there’s still watermelon on the shelves. Time to savor the last refreshing taste of summer!

Watermelon + mint + feta = it’s what’s for dinner

Full disclosure: This compilation of flavors is similar to a salad I enjoyed in California two months ago. I drew from that inspiration to mix this meal together:

  • Watermelon
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Feta cheese (I strongly recommend the full-strength Feta, not the non-fat)
  • Sweet onion

Other possibilities:

  • Cucumber
  • Black and/or green olives
  • Cilantro
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Dressing: Olive oil and a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar

This is the kind of salad that I ate and immediately looked forward to the next batch!

Enjoy!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Related Links:

Lyfe Kitchen

Epicurious recipe

Paula Deen’s watermelon salad

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