We all think of watermelon on a hot summer day, usually after a barbecue – most likely in the form of a cold slice. Kids love it because it is naturally sweet, juicy and delicious!
July 4th weekend is approaching, so I thought it would be fun to try a few different ways of serving watermelon to change it up a bit and make it more nutritious, colorful and interesting.
This first idea is a variation on the watermelon, basil tomato salad combination that has been popular lately, but with a fun & different presentation.
Tomato, Watermelon, Cucumber & Basil Salad
- a few slices of watermelon (cut in 1/1/2″ thick rounds)
- 1 cup of thinly sliced cucumber (1/8 to 1/4″ thick)
- 1 cup of sliced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup fresh basil & fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 cup of feta cheese
- red onion (thinly sliced)
- 2 TB. of toasted pine nuts
- 2 – 3 TB. of olive oil
- 1 – 2 Tb. of red wine vinegar
You can make as much or little of this as you like – there are no real set proportions. First slice the watermelon into one or two thick 1″ – 1 1/2″ slices. Next thinly slice up the vegetables and set aside.
Make a vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, honey and salt & pepper.
Arrange the fresh sliced vegetables over the watermelon discs.
Cut into wedges sprinkled with some toasted pine nuts on top, extra basil and mint leaves and crumbled feta. Drizzle the dressing over the top with a few dollops of pesto.
The next idea is a fun way to use watermelon as a dessert. You prepare it almost like a pizza topped with yogurt, mixed fruit slices & granola, for a refreshing cold dessert.
Watermelon Pizza Topped with Yogurt, Fresh Fruit & Granola
- a few slices of watermelon (cut into 1″ – 1 1/2″ thick rounds)
- about 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup of sliced peaches
- 1/2 cup of sliced plums
- 1/4 cup of blueberries
- 1/4 cup of raspberries (cut in half)
- 1/2 – 1 banana (sliced)
- 1/3 cup of granola
- fresh mint leaves
* Slice a few large watermelon discs about 1″ – 1 1’2″ thick. Slice your fruit into 1/4″ slices. Spread the yogurt over the melon slices leaving a bit of the red watermelon color showing.
There are no exact proportions for this, just decide how many servings you need and that will determine how many watermelon slices you will need to decorate with fruit slices.
Arrange the fruit over the yogurt and top with the granola, mint and a drizzle of honey.
Cut into pie shape wedges. If you like, add a dash of cinnamon to the top.
Serve chilled – Enjoy!
Have a wonderful July 4th weekend!!