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what flavors go well with watermelon?

my neighbor just gave me a huge watermellon, and I was pondering other preparations other than just eating it as is. Any suggestions?

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  1. Make some watermelon agua fresca?

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    1. re: huaqiao

      Simply squeeze a fresh lemon over the sliced watermelon -- that's truly all it needs. Delicious!

    2. Infuse it with Vodka.

      Make a salad with baby greens, a balsamic viniagrette and Blue-Brie cheese.

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      1. re: KiltedCook

        What's Blue-Brie? Sounds fascinating - and delightful!

        1. re: mattwarner

          Blue Brie is pretty much exactly what it sounds like - an amalgamation of the two. it's a creamy, ripened blue-veined cheese with the bloomy white rind typical of cheeses like Brie or Camembert...and yes, it's delicious! ;)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Ever had cambozola (i.e. camembert/gorgonzola)? That stuff is unbelievable.

            1. re: operagirl

              *love* cambozola.

              i'm having a Homer Simpson moment. mmmm...cheese.

      2. I've had a wonderful salad with watermelon, feta and red onion. I've seen recipes that have a dressing added or other variations, but I think the one I had was just the three ingredients.

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        1. re: Jeri L

          YES! I've had this also and it was so refreshing. Something about the watermelon, feta, red onion and vinaigrette combo (duh, I know). The salad I had served it tossed in a champagne vinaigrette but I think any light vinaigrette would work. Mmmmm, now I'm craving this.

          1. re: lynnlato

            That's one of my favorite salads - make it all summer (watermelon season). Use a light white balsamic dressing, so good.

          2. re: Jeri L

            This is my favorite thing to eat when it's hot in the summer, particularly when watching Wimbledon. Only problem is that we haven't had a hot summer in two years. The dressing created by the combination of red onion soaked in lime juice is sublime with the watermelon cubes. I really hope we get a hot summer this year. Here's the recipe I use: http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_....

            1. re: Jeri L

              With crunchy hunks of fried pork you can make a carnivore's salad that works the same salty and sweet magic. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/16/din...

              With cucumbers and cayenne, you can also make a mean margarita.

              1. re: Jeri L

                I was just about to recommend this same combo. Very tasty and very fresh summer salad.

              2. my first thoughts when i saw your post were sorbet, margaritas, or watermelon "gazpacho."

                i've always been a fan of watermelon with cheese. cut into chunks and toss with good, aged balsamic, torn fresh mint or basil, fresh cracked black pepper, feta, bleu or goat cheese, and halved grape or cherry tomatoes if you can get good ripe ones. alternatively, you could just cut some thick slices, marinate for a few minutes in your favorite vinaigrette, and grill with slices of Halloumi.

                FYI, there's actually a National Watermelon Promotion Board! of course their website has recipes...


                1. I cube the watermelon, add one can of thawed limeade concentrate and chopped mint.

                  If there are leftovers, blend it up as an aqua fresca the next day.

                  1. At a restaurant I worked at, they once served grilled watermelon (only very lightly grilled to put some marks on it and warm it a bit, not cooked through in the slightest) with a sesame/soy vinaigrette. Garnished with sesame seeds and red chili flakes (and I think chives), it was actually quite delicious.

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                    1. re: operagirl

                      I second the grilling suggestion. Perhaps incorporate mint somehow as well? In a sauce or dressing at the end?


                    2. i do a simple salad with watermelon, tomato, red onion, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and basil.

                      1. In the summertime, I make a salad of cubed watermelon and sliced kiwi fruit served icy cold. The eye appeal is seductive and I do love the flavor combination. Top with a little chiffonade of mint.

                        1. Make a few dacquiris and margaraitas!

                          1. I had the most amazing salad at a neighborhood restaurant -- watermelon, goat cheese, mint, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I never would have thought those ingredients could co-exist in the same dish, but together they made for a glorious salad.

                            1. Last time I had watermelon - and it was great - was under a tree in Tajikistan looking across the river at Afganhistan. A beautiful setting. Along with the watermelon were grapes, pomegranites, cucumbers, figs, apricots, tomatoes, flat breads, mutton stew, arak, and more.

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                              1. I have a watermelon salad sometime with fresh mint, feta cheese, paper thin slices of red onion and drizzle with lime juice and honey.

                                1. i love it simply sprinkled with salt! watermelon is one of the very nicest things about summer -- along with good garden tomatoes.

                                  but here's a thread i started a while back with a ton of delicious watermelon combination ideas! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539218

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                                  1. I like to sprinkle cayenne pepper on watermelon. I once went on a watermelon fast for 3 weeks. Still tasted good.

                                    1. Mint and feta cheese! Yum!

                                      1. cut into cubes or balls, sprinkle with salt, chipotle powder and toss in hazelnut oil. add arugula, chives or a buttery lettuce.

                                          1. A very unusual way I had it while traveling through Mexico: Watermelon juice with a bit of fresh lime squeezed into it. The rick is to put enough lime to alter the flavor, but no so much as to make it too "lime-ny". It alters the watermelon's natural flavor to something otherworldly and very subtle ~ great for hot summer days!

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                                            1. re: signoreconti

                                              Try watermelon balls (or chunks) plus a little lime juice, tequila, and shredded mint. Maybe a sprinkle of salt.

                                            2. I've made this Prosciutto Wrapped Watermelon and Brie recipe and it was a hit:

                                              The next one on my list is this tapas recipe of watermelon, jamon serrano, olive oil, queso fresco, mint and red chile flakes:

                                              1. We had an amuse bouche at a local resto with watermelon rounds topped with fennel salt. It was a grand combination of flavours, the liquorice with the watermelon. We have made it ourselves many times since. You could serve it as such (fennel with a medium grind of salt, to taste) or, I suspect, with any licorice flavoured liquor.

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                                                1. re: foodiesnorth

                                                  how pretty to do a starter with a watermelon "cut-out" (aces, spades, clubs, hearts & rounds for the rest of us....) .with a little shaved fennel, some salt, and a sprinkle of a microgreens (a little mint, too) salad that's been zapped with a little lime-y vinaigrette.

                                                2. Watermelon gazpacho is really yummy!

                                                  1. One of the most unusual and delicious ways I've enjoyed watermelon is topped with a ricotta ice cream and chocolate shavings. Here's the recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...