You don’t need us to tell you it’s hot. We’re officially occupying the dog days of summer, and there’s no escaping — or is there?
When you post up after a long day, arm your wet bar with a little something different: the cooling qualities of watermelon. There’s no better ingredient to better your summery cocktails, with the fruit’s natural sweetness and refreshing water content. Though all of these drinks employ the same fruit, they each revive in a different way, running the line between iced and frozen, alcoholic or virgin, traditional or eccentric. If these don’t cool you down, nothing will.
Everyone loves a good cocktail. Today FN Dish is slurping the iconic ones, this time with a watermelon twist. With light rum, fresh mint leaves and a big squeeze of lime, the Barefoot Contessa’s Watermelon Mojito is best enjoyed curled up on a beach chair. As for Food Network Magazine’s Watermelon Sours, sour mix, lime and fruit-flavored liqueur punch up each slurp.
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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.
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It’s almost summer and high time to take advantage of the season’s most succulent fruit: fresh watermelon. Ruby red, juicy and naturally sweet, this jumbo superfruit can be sliced and diced in a salad, grilled over an open flame or pureed and frozen. Our recipes boast welcomed ease and summer comfort and, best of all, they won’t leave you stressing over a single seed.
Food.com’s recipe for Marinated Grilled Chicken With Watermelon Salsa is an easy summer meal that celebrates the classic flavors of the outdoors. Herb-Chicken is grilled and served with a heaping scoop of fruit and veggie salsa. Also great atop grilled seafood, this salsa will become a summer staple in your recipe box.
Looking to cool off after a day in the sun? Whip up a batch of Cooking Channel’s recipe for Watermelon Vodka Gazpacho. This chilled soup is packed with watermelon and fresh garden vegetables. No need to reheat this dish, so save some to bring to work tomorrow.
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