facebooktwitterRSS
valley food story banner
- Advertisement -
georgejeanie posted in Primanti Bros. serves up second ...

Another Pittsburgh entity moving into what should be a Cleveland market. Just can not compete ...

suggest removal

DACOUNTRYBOY posted in Ladies’ Beer Club of Youngstown ...

“The idea of a beer club for women is really cool.” Too much beer indulgence ...

suggest removal

walter_sobchak posted in Ladies’ Beer Club of Youngstown ...

The ladies have figured out that it is better to drink one or two quality ...

suggest removal

valleygal posted in Ladies’ Beer Club of Youngstown ...

For any gals interested in the Ladies' Beer Club of Youngstown, check out their Facebook ...

suggest removal

Comment on a story to join the table talk!

weather icon

Current Conditions

84°F

Mostly Cloudy
EVENTS

Other Food Stories on Vindy.com

Each week, this column offers recipes from Valley cookbooks. If your organization would like to have

July 19, 2017
Each week, this column offers recipes from Valley cookbooks. If ...

Add a Tex-Mex favorite to the menu

July 19, 2017
Family Features A tortilla plus a tasty filling makes a ...

A summer twist when planning flavorful brunch classics

July 19, 2017
Family Features When it comes to planning brunch, there really ...

Blueberry recipes for summer

July 19, 2017
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Blueberry season means long, hot summer ...

» More food Stories
- Advertisement -
 

« Valley Food Home

Go ahead ... eat the whole watermelon



Published: Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

Family Features

Sliced or diced, grilled or blended, there are countless ways to prepare watermelon. With some fruits, half or more is wasted when you throw away the seeds and peel, but you may be surprised to learn that you can use an entire watermelon, including the rind, to make delicious and refreshing dishes.

Most people think of watermelon as a sweet, juicy snack perfect for hot summer days, but with its high water content (92 percent). It’s also an ideal way to keep your body hydrated. What’s more, the ability to use the entire fruit makes watermelon one of the most versatile and value-conscious options in the produce department.

An average watermelon consists of about 70 percent fruit and 30 percent rind. Hollowed out, the rind is an attractive way to serve any number of recipes, but the rind is actually edible, too, and can be stir-fried, stewed or pickled, or even enjoyed raw. This yummy slaw gets its distinctive crunch from the watermelon rind, which is packed with citrulline and arginine, two compounds that may aid in healthy blood flow.

Watermelon is also a flavorful substitute for tomatoes, as shown in this traditional Italian appetizer, and contains higher levels of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable per serving, according to award-winning nutrition author and registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer.

Additionally, it lends some sweetness to a spicy salsa and a refreshing twist on a summery salad. You can also try blending watermelon with other fresh fruits for a super smoothie or mixing it up with some adult libations.

Watermelon Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Makes: 6 servings

12 slices watermelon cut into rounds or squares, approximately 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick, with seeds removed

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 12 slices

salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely chopped

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 sprig basil, for garnish

Place watermelon slices on paper towels and cover with additional paper towels to absorb excess fluid.

In small saucepan over medium heat, add vinegar and honey. Stir to blend, bring to simmer and reduce heat. Stir occasionally until mixture is reduced by almost half. (Do not let reduce too far or allow to froth.) Set aside to cool slightly.

On large platter, place watermelon slices and top each with slice of cheese. Add salt and pepper, to taste, then sprinkle basil leaves evenly over top. Drizzle with olive oil, followed by reduced balsamic vinegar. Garnish with sprig of basil.

Tip: Use red and yellow watermelon for an extra pretty presentation.

Watermelon Rind Slaw

Makes: 4 one-cup servings

Dressing:

1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup low-fat sour cream

11/2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

2 teaspoons olive oil

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

Slaw:

4 cups grated watermelon rind (fruit and green peel removed)

1 cup grated carrot

11/2 cups diced fresh pineapple

In small bowl, blend Greek yogurt, sour cream, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, poppy seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper thoroughly. Set aside.

Place watermelon rind on several layers of paper towels to soak up excess fluid.

In medium bowl, place dressing, rind, carrot and pineapple, and toss to thoroughly coat. Watermelon Slice Ice Pops

Makes: 5-15 servings

5-15 watermelon slices, cut into triangular wedge shapes, about 1/2 to 1 inch thick, with seeds removed

5-15 ice pop sticks

Insert ice pop stick into rind of each slice.

Optional variation: After inserting sticks, freeze ice pops before serving.

Superfood Smoothie

Makes: 3 cups

2 cups cubed and seeded watermelon

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1 cup raspberry kefir

2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate

2 tablespoons hemp

2 tablespoons agave syrup

ice (optional)

Place watermelon, raspberries, raspberry kefir, orange juice concentrate, hemp, agave syrup and ice, if desired, in blender and blend until smooth.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board


Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.


HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2017 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes