New Ways to Enjoy Watermelon — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, July 23rd, 2012

Light, bright and naturally sweet, juicy watermelon is an in-season fruit that fills you up without weighing you down. Though it’s most common on breakfast and brunch tables, it shines in meals any time of day, pairing well with sweet and savory dishes alike. Check out a few of Food Network’s favorite new ways to cook with and serve watermelon, then tell us your favorite way to enjoy watermelon.

Food Network Magazine’s Watermelon and Haloumi Salad (pictured above) is a simple, satisfying dish that takes just 20 minutes to make. What in the world is haloumi? Great question. It’s a Greek cheese that’s mild in flavor and fairly firm in texture, so it easily can be fried or grilled without melting. This recipe mixes golden-fried haloumi with sweet chunks of melon, a few slices of crunchy celery and a tangy vinaigrette.

If you’ve never tasted cooked watermelon, give it a try in Claire Robinson’s Grilled Watermelon Salad. She cooks the melon for just a few minutes on an indoor grill pan then adds it to a bed of peppery arugula and tops it with goat cheese and a balsamic syrup. With just five ingredients, this seasonal plate is a must-try recipe.

For an after-dinner sweet treat that’s easy enough to prepare on a weeknight, try the Neelys’ Grilled Watermelon Sundae, served with creamy vanilla ice cream and cool whipped cream. Gina and Pat brush the melon with a lime-laced simple syrup before grilling, allowing the fruit to caramelize while cooking. A shower of fresh mint leaves completes this quick, no-fuss dessert.

watermelonWhat’s a roundup of watermelon recipes if it doesn’t include Food Network Magazine’s crave-worthy Watermelon Sours (pictured left)? To mix this thirst-quenching cocktail, puree watermelon, strain it of seeds and any residual chunks and add generous splashes of fruit-flavored liqueur, gin and sour mix. Before serving, finish with sparkling rosé and garnish each glass with zesty lime. One batch of sours makes up to 12 drinks, so invite your friends to share this adults-only sipper.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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