There are few things more synonymous with summer than the beloved watermelon. I am sure each of us can remember days at the beach or huddled around a campfire, watermelon slice in hand.
Luckily, this tasty treat is also extremely healthy, being a great source of vitamins C and A. The fruit is also exceptionally hydrating, making it the ultimate snack for those hot summer days.
In the last few years, much like cauliflower, watermelon has undergone a tremendous glow up in the recipe world. Where we used to resort to simply munching on slices, a whole world of watermelon recipes has unfolded. From salads to sorbets, to aqua fresca and even margaritas (check out the linked recipes), watermelon is taking center stage as the go to snack and drink in the foodie nutrition world.
The key to any good dish is good ingredients. To pick out the best watermelon at your local store or farmer’s market you can look for a few things. As far as color, you actually want a dull color versus shiny, as shiny watermelons are not quite ripe. Additionally, you want nice bold stripes. The field spot indicates the area with a circular discoloration. You’ll want to pick a melon that has a creamy, yellow spot versus one with a white spot as this color has a direct correlation with ripeness. Watermelon also falls somewhere in the middle on pesticides rankings, so if it's available it's best to opt for organic.
Now that you have picked out the best one, let’s get to the recipes.
(P.S. We can't get enough of watermelon this summer. Well, any summer, as evidenced by our not-insignificant library of unique watermelon recipes. Try our chocolate-dipped watermelon pops - yes, really - or our beloved watermelon agua fresca. If it's hydration you're after, you'll want to bite into these 9 additional hydrating summer food ideas.)
Watermelon & Arugula Salad
It’s the surprisingly satisfying blend of bursting, juicy watermelon and tangy, fresh feta cheese that makes this salad work so well. Arugula and mint provide some necessary contrasting bite, and lime elevates the entire flavor profile of the dish. You’ll be hooked.
(Watch the video all the way through to get two extra recipes: one for the easiest 3-ingredient watermelon sorbet and one for a fresh watermelon twist on a classic margarita.)
Watch the Video, 3 Easy Watermelon Recipes
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- 5 cups of chilled chopped watermelon
- 3 cups of arugula
- Juice from 1 lime
- ¼ cup of feta
- A handful of mint leaves
- Start by chopping the 5 cups of watermelon and placing into a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in the arugula and lime juice.
- Stir until well combined.
- Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with feta and mint to garnish.