Fourth of July is just around the corner! What’s a more quintessential summer party food than watermelon? Watermelon is on sale this week for $0.17/lb at Sunflower Market, and $2.98 apiece (Friday only) at Safeway.
Here’s some tips for how to choose a good watermelon, and for things to make with it!
When choosing a watermelon, look for one without bruises or soft spots in the rind. Pick up several watermelons and compare their weight: ripe watermelons will be heavy for their size.
Another way to check for ripeness it to look for the light-colored spot where the watermelon sat on the ground — it should be yellowish, not white.
Once you pick the perfect watermelon, how do you plan to use it? Cutting the melon into slices and serving it probably the most popular way to eat this fruit, but it can be used in many other ways as well.
Here are some ideas!
Put it in the blender. This Simple Watermelon Cooler recipe is quick, tasty and refreshing, and it makes a colorful drink to serve at a party.
Toss it in a salad. This easy Refreshing Summertime Salad includes watermelon, mango and feta cheese tossed with mixed greens and mint.
If you’re looking for an all-fruit salad, try this Watermelon Salad recipe with a simple syrup and add whatever fruit you’d like!
Serve it with tortilla chips. This Watermelon Salsa includes cucumber, red onion, peppers, cilantro, honey, and of course, watermelon!
Stick it on a skewer. Kabobs made with assorted fresh fruit are pretty to serve and fun to eat.
Try this twist on a fruit kabob with Giada De Laurentiis’ 5-star recipe for Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil Skewers.
What’s your favorite way to serve watermelon?