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Jul 14, 2006 06:01 PM

Wonderful watermelon recipes?

I’m in the mood for watermelon NOW. Any serving suggestions?

Besides plain, I like it sprinkled with chili powder and a squirt of lime juice.

That’s not really a recipe though. So what do you suggest? Sorbets, smoothies, salads, desserts...etc?

Here’s a site with some unusual recipes like

Breakfast lasagna
Grilled Chicken, Boursin and Watermelon Sandwich
Chicken Salad with Watermelon & Peaches
Watermelon Walnut Bagel Spread
Watermelon Canapés (look cute)
Flaming Watermelon Chicken (amused by the concept)
No-Guilt Watermelon Cake (Really cool looking, heh)
Watermelon Pie (various versions)
Watermelon Rib Soup (with figs in addition to meat)

Here’s a discussion on how to choose a watermelon on the general board

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  1. You have way too much time on your hands!! ;-)

    I like half lime juice/ half honey, simmered with a little bit of fresh ginger, cooled, and drizzled on the watermelon! (It's what I had for dinner last night... well that, and half a pint of Rocky Road ice cream!! Don't tell! It's so hot!)

    1. I'm not a huge watermelon fan, but I went BONKERS over this watermelon/feta/black olive salad from Nigella Lawson. The sweetness of the melon, saltiness of the feta & olives, tanginess of the lime juice -- it's amazing, I'm telling you. One caveat: the salty stuff makes the melon throw off a lot of water, so you should make it just before serving, and know that it doesn't keep overnight too well (which won't be a problem if you devour it the way I did).

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      1. re: mcgeary

        Agree--fantasic salad.
        (Cut and drain watermelon overnight before using.)

        1. re: mcgeary

          Also not generally a watermelon person, but the Easton pub in London also once had a lovley watermelon, feta, arugula and mint salad. Yumm.

          1. re: mcgeary

            This recipe is divine. I've eaten it five times in the past week. We've had a heatwave here in Britain and it's the only thing I feel like eating. I actually crave it when the weather heats up!

            Really important point is the soaking of the red onion in the lime juice. Give it a good 15 or 20 minutes in there and it mellows beautifully.

            1. re: mcgeary

              I love this salad. The last time I made it I ate so much my stomach hurt.

              1. re: mcgeary

                I agree about the watermelon/feta is surprisingly fantastic! I make this salad but not with the black olives. I put in torn up mint leaves.


              2. Here is another watermelon salad I like a lot, with a good interplay of flavors and textures: watermelon, cucumbers, and watercress with scallions and a dressing of rice vinegar, a little oil, fresh ginger, and lime zest. I usually increase the amount of cucumber and cut the oil down - you really need only a tiny bit.


                1. Watermelon Margaritas are the _best_things_ever.