You’ve served watermelon at every BBQ all summer long, with that memorable trail of black seeds throughout the backyard.
Take your enjoyment of this refreshing, thirst-quenching fruit to new heights with these tempting food and drink ideas:
Chop it into fresh salads and salsas: Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint is an elegant way to highlight this fruit anywhere from a BBQ to a sit-down dinner party. The creamy, dense, salty cheese complements the sweet, juicy watermelon, and the flavors of both ingredients come out even more with the addition of mint. The salad goes well with a light drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or a red wine vinaigrette. Try it with Narragansett Creamery’s Salty Sea Feta!
Watermelon also partners well with creamy avocado! Try a salad with watermelon, avocado slices and grilled shrimp. Dress it with a simple vinaigrette, or give it some fire with minced jalapenos.
Surprise your party guests and family with Spicy Watermelon Salsa. Dice watermelon, mango, and cucumber. Mix the fruit and vegetable dice together. Then stir in finely chopped, fresh basil and red onion, along with minced jalapeno peppers for a kick. Adjust the flavor with sugar, sea salt and pepper. Serve with tortilla chips or as a topping for fish or chicken.
Cook it as part of a complete meal: Believe it or not, watermelon goes well with meat, too. Sweet watermelon and spicy sirloin steak, both cut in strips, form the base of a stir-fry with any other additions you’re thinking about. Stir fry in a soy sauce, or make a tamari-based version if you’re gluten free. Add ginger and garlic, sugar snap peas and fresh corn off on the cob, along with crushed red pepper for some heat.
Or make a chicken dish brighter, and sweeter, with watermelon as part of the dish or sauce. Grill the chicken and add watermelon salsa. Or puree the watermelon and bake the chicken in the oven to infuse the meet with its full flavor.
Turn it into a drink (or make it as cold as ice): With its high proportion of water, watermelon lends itself well to making drinks. Blend it with water, ice, fresh lime juice and a little sugar. Garnish with fresh mint.
Watermelon also makes fun ice cubes. Simply puree and free in cubes. Add them to seltzer or still water for a beautiful and refreshing drink that kids and adults alike will love!
We have plenty of watermelons available in the produce department for all of your creations!