Georgia summer is now in session, and the sweetest way to celebrate is with a big slice of nature’s juicy joy, the watermelon! Low in calories and high in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, watermelon is the perfectly cool, crisp way to rehydrate on a hot summer day. Grab a slice, or try one of these recipes to bring to your summer potluck.
To select the perfect watermelon
look for a uniform size (the rounder, the better!), a yellow to orange field spot, and smaller webbing across the surface. The skin should be a bit dull to ensure ripeness, and it should be heavier than it looks!
1/2 medium seedless watermelon, small-cubed pieces
1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 small fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
After chopping all ingredients, combine watermelon with all veggies and cilantro in a large mixing bowl, and sprinkle in cumin, salt and pepper. Squeeze the lime juice over the top, and fold the ingredients together.
Serve with tortilla chips for the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and spicy!
Watermelon and Feta Salad
1/2 small seedless watermelon, cubed
8 oz. feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
4-6 small salad cucumbers, sliced
Juice of 1/2 lime
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine watermelon, cucumbers and feta in a large mixing bowl with finely chopped mint and basil. Squeeze the lime juice over the top, and add salt and pepper to taste. Fold all ingredients together with a tablespoon of olive oil, and serve chilled.
Savory and sweet,
this fresh salad is sure to entice your family and guests alike!
Watermelon Aqua Fresca
4 cups seedless watermelon
1/4 cup agave syrup
4 cups club soda
Cube watermelon and purée in a blender or food processor. Strain juice into a pitcher to remove pulp.. Fill with club soda and stir in agave syrup to desired sweetness. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh
Fresh Watermelon Cake
Large seedless watermelon
8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. whipped dessert topping
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Assorted fruit for toppings
For the icing, using a mixer, blend softened cream cheese, whipped topping, powdered sugar and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Slice a 2-3” round from the center of a large watermelon. Spread the icing evenly over the fruit of the watermelon round, leaving the green edge visible. Top with fruits of your choice for decoration (here, kiwis, raspberries, and blueberries), slice as you would a cake or pizza, and serve.
This light and lovely dessert is a hit with kids —and grown-ups as well!