Front and center on the Fourth
Frequently Fourth of July picnics end with watermelon wedges and black seed spitting matches. Readily available, seedless melons make excellent watermelon salads. They’re easier to prepare and eat than those with seeds but forget seed spitting fights. Oh, well. Move the melon to the middle of the meal with this lime accented dish. It’s perfect for picnics, parties and pool get-togethers. Serve with Grilled Burgers with Creamy Mustard Sauce or Chili Cheese Dogs.
2011 AniversaRecipe – Jalapeno Bean Dip
Recipe: Watermelon with Lime
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 0 Minutes | Yield: 6 Servings | Level: Easy
- 1/2 12-14 lb seedless watermelon, chilled
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- Juice of 1 lime
1 Cut the watermelon in 1-1 ¼ inch chunks. Place in a large bowl.
2 In a small bowl combine syrup, water and lime juice.
Cutting the melon – Trim away all white and slightly red melon near the rind to ensure all pieces of fruit are sweet. When making this for company, cut uniform cubes and save any rounded pieces for a snack.
To make simple syrup – combine 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan and heat until boiling and the sugar is dissolved. Cool and store in the fridge. This makes a good base for punch because the sugar is already dissolved. Try with LOL Lemonade and Ginger Limeade.
This salad is especially good when the selected watermelon turns out not sweet enough.
- Exchange watermelon for cantaloupe or honey dew.
- Combine watermelon with other melons for a multi-fruit salad.
Inspiration – Martha Stewart
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton