Although most people reach for a piece of watermelon to cool off in the heat of summer, watermelon is extremely versatile. It can be eaten raw as a sweet dessert, or as in these examples, dressed with condiments, grilled, or sauteed for completely different flavors. You’ll be amazed at how black pepper and balsamic vinegar make watermelon come to life! And adding heat brings out the natural juices in this already sweet fruit, allowing them to caramelize. Nature’s sweetness at its finest! Although one watermelon goes very far, the second recipe helps you use the often thrown-away white rind. Try one of these savory recipes this weekend!
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
1/4 watermelon, sliced into 1″ thick wedges
Recipe 3: Watermelon Rind Saute
Click below to watch Grand Master Lu prepare this special Summer treat!
Watermelon is more than the perfect Summer treat. It helps to energetically support the Heart, the organ “on call” in Summer.
If you don’t want to go through the “trouble” of making a balsamic glaze, simply drizzle cubed watermelon with a bit of balsamic vinegar and black pepper.
Want to make it extra fancy? Add 1 cup of cubed feta or some chopped strawberries.
Click here to read Minimalist Cooking for tips on how to cook a delicious and healthy meal with what you have available at home.
Learn more about the cooling properties of watermelon: Beat the Summer Heat with this Superfood