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Eating Locally in the Grand Valley: 3 Delicious Watermelon Recipes | RMHP Blog

Eating Locally in the Grand Valley: 3 Delicious Watermelon Recipes | RMHP Blog

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3 Delicious Watermelon Recipes

Serve These Refreshing Watermelon Recipes All Summer Long

Nothing says summertime quite like biting into a juicy slice of watermelon. This delicious fruit, which is grown right here in Colorado, is tasty enough to enjoy on its own. But it can also be used to add a burst of flavor to salads, skewers, and other light and refreshing summertime dishes. Here are three satisfying watermelon recipes you can serve all summer long.

Minted Watermelon Salad

This simple salad may become a new summertime staple. It combines two of the biggest flavors of the season: watermelon and mint. Only requiring ten minutes of preparation, you can quickly whip up a bowl of this salad to serve for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds watermelon
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves, torn
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

Cut the watermelon into small pieces and place in a bowl. Sprinkle the onion, mint leaves, salt, and pepper over the watermelon pieces. Toss the salad to combine all ingredients. Enjoy!

Watermelon Bruschetta

Swapping tomatoes for watermelon puts a summertime twist on this classic bruschetta recipe. Biting into this sweet and savory snack is a wonderful way to cool down on a hot summer night.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups seedless watermelon, chopped
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 baguette cut into 1 ½ inch slices

Directions:

Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for a few minutes until slightly crispy. Add the balsamic vinegar and honey to a medium-sized saucepan. Place the saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Stir regularly and reduce heat once the mixture begins to simmer. Continue to stir occasionally.

Remove the saucepan from the stove once the mixture has thickened, which should take between 15 to 20 minutes. Put the feta and ricotta cheese in a food processor and blend until smooth. Spread a thin layer of the blended cheeses on the baguette slices. Top with chopped watermelon, basil, chives, and reduced balsamic.

Chile-Lime Grilled Watermelon

The sweet taste of watermelon contrasts beautifully with tangy lime and spicy chile flavors in this unique recipe. Serve this grilled watermelon at your next barbeque to surprise your guests and satisfy their taste buds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • ½ lime, juiced and zested
  • 8 wedges of watermelon, ½-inch thick

Directions:

Arrange the wedges of watermelon on a baking sheet. Combine the oil, chili paste, lime juice, and lime zest in a small bowl and whisk until blended. Drizzle half of this mixture over the watermelon wedges. Flip the watermelon wedges over and drizzle the remaining half on the other side.

Next, place the watermelon wedges on a preheated outdoor grill just long enough to create grill marks on the fruit, which should take between one to two minutes. Flip the wedges over and grill the other side for approximately 30 seconds. Plate the grilled watermelon wedges and serve.

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