Maybe it’s just us, but once the weather man mumbles the words: heat index, heat advisory – our appetites take a nose dive. We tend to graze on fruits and veggies through the day and take cover and stay hydrated. One of our favorite summertime treats that we’re ALWAYS in the mood for is watermelon! You already know that it is refreshing, super hydrating and sweet but it is also chock full of benefits!
Watermelon is aptly named due to the fact that it is 91% water and 6% sugar by weight. The juicy melon is also a great source of Vitamin C, lycopene and carotenoids – so go ahead and indulge yourself.
Here are some of our favorite watermelon recipes:
Grilled Watermelon (yes – really!)
- 1 medium seedless watermelon
- Sea salt
- Olive oil
Wash the watermelon rind, cut the melon lengthwise, and then slice it into 1 1/4-inch thick wedges. Salt the watermelon wedges and allow it to sit for 20 minutes (to absorb). Rinse the salt off all the surfaces of the melon pieces and firmly pat them dry with clean paper towels. Brush wedges with olive oil, place them on a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat and cook until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes for each side.
Spicy Watermelon Salad
In a large bowl, toss:
- 6 cups seedless watermelon (either cubed or balled)
- 1/2 medium red onion, diced
- 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely minced
- 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Sprinkle with the following spice mixture (1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes), toss lightly and chill.
Of course, we also love just cutting up a watermelon and eating it with our hands. You can’t beat that on a blazing hot summer day!