5 Ways to Enjoy Watermelon this Summer 🍉

5 Ways to Enjoy Watermelon this Summer 🍉

August 04, 2021

Watermelon is my all time favourite summer fruit.  I love how hydrating and refreshing it is on a hot summer day.  Did you know that eating 1 cup of watermelon is equivalent to drinking about ½ cup of water.  August 3rd was National Watermelon Day, so in honour, I have provided some unique ways to use watermelons, which even includes eating the fibre-packed rind.

 

Pickled Watermelon Rind

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb watermelon rind (rind from 3 lbs watermelon)
  • 3 Tbsp plus 1 tsp course salt
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp pickling spice
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the outer skin/green layer from the watermelon rind and then cut the rind into 2-by-½-inch strips.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine 5 cups of water with 3 Tbsp salt and bring to a boil. Add the rind and cook over medium-high heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a heatproof bowl and reserve the saucepan.
  3. To the reserved saucepan, add the vinegar, sugar, pickling spice and remaining tsp of salt. Pour the hot liquid into the bowl with the rind, ensuring it is fully submerged.
  4. Let cool at room temperature and then transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 weeks.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Watermelon Salsa

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups watermelon, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • ⅔ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  1. Toss all ingredients together until combined.
  2. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

Homemade Watermelon Sorbet

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 lemon or lime, juiced
  1. Freeze the watermelon cubes until ready to use.
  2. Add the frozen watermelon into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the lemon or lime juice.
  4. Transfer mixture to a container and serve immediately.
  5. Scoop and enjoy!

 

Grilled Watermelon Gazpacho

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • ¼ large watermelon, cut into three 1-½-inch slices
  • 1 large tomato, halved
  • ½ cucumber, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and halved lengthwise
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp red onion, diced and divided
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 avocado, diced
  1. Heat the grill to medium-high.
  2. Brush 1 Tbsp olive oil over the watermelon, tomato, cucumber and jalapeno. Grill for 5-6 minutes on each side.
  3. When cool to handle, remove the rind from the watermelon slices. Remove skin and seeds from the tomato and jalapeno. Coarsely chop the tomato, jalapeno and cucumbers.
  4. In a blender combine the grilled vegetables, ½ cup onion, vinegar, lime juice and seasonings and blend until smooth. Add the remaining olive oil during the last minute of blending.
  5. Refrigerate covered until chilled.
  6. Garnish with diced avocado and remaining onion and enjoy!

 

Homemade Watermelon Fruit Leathers

Credits: Domestically Blissful

 

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups watermelon, diced
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to the lowest temperature possible (around 170°) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a blender or food processor blend the watermelon (and optional honey) and then put into lined paper towel or a cheesecloth to drain out the liquid.
  3. Evenly spread the watermelon puree onto the baking sheet and spread using a spatula until about ¼ inch thick.
  4. Bake the watermelon fruit leather for 6-8 hours, rotating the pan every hour.
  5. The fruit leather is done baking when it has a matte appearance, no longer looks shiny and is not very sticky.
  6. Let cool completely and then carefully remove from the baking sheet and pull off the parchment paper.
  7. Cut the fruit leather into long strips about 1 inch wide and roll them up.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe inspired and adapted from Martha Stewart, Gimme Some Oven, Respect Food, Taste of Home and Domestically Blissful.

Eat well, be well

Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian, Wholesome GO