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Five Things You Can Do With Watermelon

watermelonWatermelon itself is a great refreshing treat – especially on a hot, summer day. But there is a whole lot more you can do with this great treat – and here are five recipes that I hope will assist you in surprising your family or your friends.

1. Watermelon and Feta Appetizer:

watermelon-with-balsamic-and-feta_lg3 cups of cubed (about 1 inch size) watermelon

1/2 cup of coarsely crumbled feta cheese

1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon of shredded fresh mint

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

Place watermelon in serving dish, sprinkle with feta cheese and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with fresh mint and pepper. To serve, spear with toothpicks.

2. Watermelon Fresco:

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6 cups of chopped watermelon

1 cup of crushed ice

1/4 cup of granulated sugar

2 tablespoons of lime juice

thin watermelon wedges (for garnish)

In blender, combine watermelon, crushed ice, sugar and lime juice until smooth and frothy. Pour over more crushed ice in glasses and garnish with thin lemon wedges if desired.

3. Watermelon Daiquiri:

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1 lime wedge

4 tablespoons of granulated sugar

3 cups of chopped watermelon (frozen)

1/4 cup of white rum

2 tablespoons of line juice

thin watermelon wedges (for garnish)

Run lime wedges around the edges of glasses, coat with 1 tablespoon of sugar. In blender, blend watermelon, run, lime juice and remaining sugar. Blend until slushy. Pour into glasses and garnish with thin watermelon wedges if desired.

4. Watermelon Salsa Salad:

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4 cups of cubed watermelon (small about 1/2 inch cubes)

2 cups of diced celery

1/2 cup of thinly sliced red onion

2 tablespoons of each chopped fresh coriander and lime juice

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon of each salt and pepper

In a bowl, toss together all ingredients and mix gently. Serve cold with your favourite chips.

5. Watermelon and Raspberry Sorbet:

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2 cups of frozen raspberries, thawed

4 cups of coarsely chopped watermelon

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/4 cup of orange juice

Press raspberries through sieve, discarding seeds. In blender, blend raspberries, watermelon,sugar and orange juice until smooth. freeze in 13 x 9 inch metal cake pan until solid, about 2 hours. break up and puree. Freeze in airtight container until firm – about 1 hour.

Hope you enjoy these variations of watermelon – if you have others, please let me know and I will gladly add them!

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About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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