Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

15
September
2010

End of the Season Watermelon

Sliced Watermelon

Writing about watermelon at this time of year feels a little like wearing white pants after Labor Day. I know our picnic days may have ended for the summer but melons are still plentiful at the farmers market. The Northwest doesn’t seem to give a hoot about fashion so I say feel free to wear your white pants and eat watermelon as long as you want but maybe not at the same time. It’s practically impossible to fully enjoy all the sweet juiciness that a ripe melon has to offer and not get a drip or two on your pretty white pants.

Watermelon Salad

If you want a more civilized way to eat melon than spitting out the seeds while letting the juice drip down your chin, try it in an addictive salad with cucumbers, lime juice and feta cheese. Get all the messiness out of the way first by cutting the melon in chunks and removing the seeds with a sink nearby. While you’re at it, peel some of those incredible Japanese cucumbers from Mair Taki Farm — so sweet you won’t mind paying $6 a lb.  Add chunks of cukes, feta cheese and chopped parsley.  Squeeze a bunch of lime juice all over the top right before you eat. I love salt on melon so I add salt and some jalapeno pepper would be an excellent addition as well.

Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad

4 cups seeded watermelon cut into bite-sized chunks

3 smallish cucumbers, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/3 cup chopped parsley

Juice of 2 or 3 limes

Salt

Put watermelon, cukes, feta cheese & parsley in a large bowl.

Add lime juice and stir very gently. Salt to taste.

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

At our house, we couldn’t let the season go by without trying this year’s watermelon in a seasonal cocktail. I’m sure there are many ways we could have refined this drink — blending the melon and straining the juice for a clearer drink, for example. Instead we went for a down-and-dirty version that can be easily concocted using a shaker and hand blender.

watermelonaguafresca Vodka Watermelon Agua Fresca (for 2 drinks)

1 cup seeded watermelon cut into chunks (make sure to remove every seed, they’ll make the drink bitter)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Juice of 1/2 lime

4 oz vodka

Splash of tonic water

Blend the watermelon with vodka using a blender or immersion blender.

Fill shaker with lots of ice and pour in blended watermelon vodka mixture.

Add lemon and lime juices and shake.

Pour into ice-filled glasses, top off with a splash of tonic and stir gently.

Garnish with a chunk of watermelon or slice of lime or both.

Watermelon

Let watermelon help you drink in every last little bit of sunshine this season has to offer.



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5 Responses »

  1. ooh~yum! the cucumber watermelon salad looks great!
    We had a similar grilled watermelon salad this summer that was SO good. With this recipe in hand, I’m going to need to be brave and try grilling my own watermelon before summer is really, truly, officially over 🙂

  2. Sarah, grilled watermelon sounds amazing. Please let me know how it turns out.

  3. I’m still wearing white pants, so watermelon is welcome in my home all year round. In fact I have a slice every morning for cleansing purposes, plus it tastes good. My daughter actually looks forward to it. However I think I am going to integrate your salad into the diet, but my husband is quite partial to your vodka combination. 🙂

  4. Poppy~brushed with a little honey & grilled for a couple minutes on each side & the watermelon with your recipe is delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Over the weekend the Cocktail Study Club experimented with the watermelon cocktail. This time we muddled the watermelon, used gin instead of vodka, more lime juice and no tonic. It was luscious!