10 Cheap and Easy Ways to Enjoy Watermelon
Sweet and juicy, watermelon is an iconic summer treat that's also healthful. A two-cup serving contains 80 calories, no fat, and nutrients such as potassium and vitamins A, B6, and C. Watermelon also contains lycopene, a plant chemical shown to help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration (age-related vision loss). In peak season, from May to August, supply is plentiful and prices are low. Here are cheap and easy ways to enjoy this healthy, tasty summer fruit.
To savor watermelon slices with less mess, cut into triangle wedges and insert Popsicle sticks into the rind. Freeze for a few minutes and take outside for a refreshing and healthy sweet on a hot summer day. Save the seeds for a good old-fashioned watermelon-seed-spitting contest.
Watermelon chunks, sugar, water, and lime juice are all that's needed to make a sweet watermelon treat from Southern Living. Start by dissolving 1 cup of sugar in 3 cups of boiling water. After the mixture thickens, let cool and combine with watermelon chunks in a blender. Stir in a quarter-cup of lime juice and freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker.
Watermelon is a versatile addition to all kinds of salads. To make an impressive fruit salad for a party, hollow out a watermelon and carve the edges of the rind into a zigzag pattern. Fill with different types of melon, or mix watermelon with strawberries and blueberries. For a twist, combine watermelon, honeydew melon, plum slices, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette according to a recipe from Southern Living.
When firing up the grill, toss on a few pieces of watermelon that have been coated thinly with olive oil. The smoky flavor from grilling mixes well with the enhanced sweetness teased out by the heat, resulting in a tasty side dish to accompany almost any grilled meat.
Gourmet magazine uses watermelon rind in a chutney recipe that's a bit more involved. Preparation takes about an hour, and after the ingredients are combined, the mixture has to sit for one to three days while the flavors "mellow." Stored in the refrigerator, the chutney keeps for about a month and complements grilled fish or chicken perfectly.