We love putting together these "5 Recipes for..." posts! Why? Because we all get stuck in a rut sometimes and need a little kitchen inspiration. It's easy to just chop a watermelon up and serve it plain. And, of course, there's nothing wrong with that; it's a summer staple! But we knew there had to be more to watermelon season than just plain old melon. Internet to the rescue!
Here are 5 recipes to shake up your favorite summer tradition...
1. Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade
I'm certain you'd be satisfied sipping on this refreshing beverage from Gourmande In The Kitchen. What's not to like? Watermelon, yum. Raspberries, yum. Lemonade, yum! Click through to the recipe for a family friendly version of the drink, plus a suggestion for a cocktail version! Enjoy!
2. Watermelon Fruit Leather
Now here's something you didn't know - watermelon can be dehydrated! Recipe creator Yankee Kitchen Ninja didn't know it either until she essentially tried it on a dare. Sure, watermelon has a lot of water to dry out, but you know what that means? It's super sweet once it's done because the sugars are so much more condensed! Basically, this is healthy candy. Is your mouth watering yet?
3. Stacked Watermelon Salad
Feeling fancy? Watermelon can be fancy, too! Try this recipe from Fifteen Spatulas to wow house guests or treat yourself after a long day. Yes, those are pistachios on top. And goat cheese, and onion. I know it's a bit odd to think of melon in a savory dish, but I think if you tried this one out you might find it your new favorite.
4. Watermelon Carpaccio
If you have never imagined what watermelon would be like as part of a meal, then you're probably not alone. Let's change that, though! Taste With The Eyes has created a beautiful dish using watermelon instead of meat in a carpaccio (an Italian appetizer). The mingling of sweet watermelon, zesty lime, and creamy feta has me itching to try this recipe. It must be such a unique treat for the tastebuds!
5. Watermelon Mojito Popsicles
Of course, I can't complete a recipe compilation post without including a dessert. If I had my way in life, desserts would be the only option! So here's Boulder Locavore's tasty-looking watermelon recipe. If you don't have a popsicle mold, make mini-pops in an ice cube tray and toothpicks - where there's a will, there's a way, right?
Are you ready to run out and find a watermelon now? Before you hop in the car (or onto your bike!), check out this post so you will know whether or not the watermelon you find is ripe. Here at Sunflower we have BIG watermelons and mini-watermelons so you don't get stuck with too much (although now that you have 5 new recipes to choose from, you may want extra!). Thanks for reading!
Health & happiness,
* Post written by Julia Berry. Click Images for sources.