NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY RECIPES

August 3 is National Watermelon Day!

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Have you ever met someone who didn’t like watermelon? Probably not, because what’s summer without this abundant, bright, sweet treat. It’s also the most popular fruit on Facebook according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Most people don’t realize the myriad of ways you can eat and enjoy this hydrating fruit morning, noon or night. Not only does watermelon boost your ‘health esteem,’ it contains higher amounts of lycopene (a great anti-oxidant) than any other fresh fruit or vegetable! Here are just a few of my favorite watermelon recipes:

1) Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho

2) Watermelon Mint Smoothie

3) Watermelon Cucumber Cooler 

4) Summer Sun Dial

5) Gryffindor Watermelon, Mango and Rum Popsicles

And my latest creation:

Grilled Watermelon Shrimp and Feta Skewers

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs Jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 24 1-inch cubes peeled seedless watermelon
  • 12 oz feta cheese, cut into 12 3/4-inch cubes
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
  • Extra Virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 12 bamboo wooden skewers
  • Chopped fresh oregano for garnish
  • Fresh lemon

Instructions

  1. Place prepared shrimp in a resealable plastic bag. Whisk in a small bowl the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, shallot and salt. Pour marinade over shrimp. Seal, refrigerate and marinate 2 hours.
  2. Soak skewers in water for 20-30 minutes to prevent fire.
  3. Heat grill to high.
  4. Remove shrimp from bag. Discard marinade. Alternate threading marinated shrimp and seedless watermelon cubes onto skewers. Season and drizzle with a touch of olive oil.
  5. Grill skewers until marks appear, flipping gently, approximately 1-2 minutes each side.
  6. Remove skewers from grill. Thread feta cubes onto end of each skewer.
  7. Garnish with chopped oregano and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Serves 4.
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