Watermelon is the perfect summer treat, and helps to energetically support the Heart, the organ “on call” in Summer. This extremely versatile fruit can be enjoyed as-is, dressed with condiments, grilled, or sauteed for completely different flavors. You’ll be amazed at how black pepper and balsamic vinegar can make watermelon come to life! Plus, grilling or cooking watermelon brings out its natural juices, allowing them to caramelize. It’s Nature’s sweetness at its finest!
You’ll need only one medium-sized watermelon for all three of these recipes. Plus, you’ll be left with some extra watermelon to slice and enjoy. Be sure to save the white rind for Recipe 3. You might just be surprised at how delicious it is!
Recipe 1: Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Glaze
Combine the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring continually, until the mixture thickens. Set aside to cool.
Add the watermelon, cucumber and fresh mint to a bowl. Top with the fresh lemon or lime juice and the freshly ground pepper. Gently toss to combine.
Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve!
Recipe 2: Grilled Watermelon
Get Creative: Combine Recipes 1 and 2 for heightened flavor. Grill the watermelon, cube it, and add cucumber and fresh mint. Top with the fresh lemon or lime juice and the freshly ground pepper. Gently toss to combine.
Recipe 3: Watermelon Rind Saute
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