Celebrating National Watermelon Day 2022
Watermelon and Feta Salad with Hot-Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep Time:10 minutes Total Time:10 minutes
Course: fruit, Salad, side Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
SERVINGS: 2 SIDES OR 1 MAIN
2 cups watermelon pieces cut in cubes.
2 ounces feta cubed
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon honey
a pinch of crushed red pepper (more or less to taste)
1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds
¼ cup chopped mint
Place the watermelon, feta, mint in a bowl and toss gently.
In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, vinegar, honey and pinches of red pepper, salt & pepper. Or place ingredients in a tightly closed jar and shake.
Drizzle on the salad and mix.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and add freshly ground pepper.
Cover and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.
Watermelon Mint Popsicles
PREP TIME: 10 MIN COOK TIME: 6 HOURS TOTAL TIME: 6 HOURS, 10 MIN
6 cups watermelon chunks, seeds removed
1 lime, juice
2 tbsp fresh mint
2 tbsp honey (or sweetener to taste)
1Add watermelon, lime juice, mint leaves to a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and then depending on the sweetness of the watermelon, add honey 1 tbsp at a time till desired sweetness is reached
2Pour the pureed fruit mix into the popsicle molds and insert the popsicle sticks.
3Freeze for at least 6 hours (preferably overnight). To serve, run molds under warm water for about 10 seconds, then carefully remove popsicles from the molds.
Key Ingredients and Easy Swaps
To make these delicious popsicles, you will need the following key ingredients:
Watermelon: The star of the show, watermelon has a delicious flavor and is perfect for hydrating on a hot summer day!
Lime juice: The acidity in lime juice helps to bring out the bright and bold flavors of our other ingredients. Lemon juice will also work and this ingredient can be skipped for a sweeter popsicle.
Honey: This helps to enhance the sweetness of the watermelon, making the popsicles extra tasty. Maple syrup or a low calorie sweetener like Stevia or monk fruit works as well.
Fresh mint: This ingredient adds a beautiful freshness that brightens up our popsicles and makes them even more delicious and refreshing. This can be skipped for a more traditional watermelon pop.
Here are some of my favorite ways to switch up this recipe:
Add some protein: For added protein and probiotics, try adding a cup of plain or flavored Greek yogurt to the blender with the other ingredients.
Swap out the fruit: If you can’t find watermelon at the store or are trying to get rid of some fruit you have at home, don’t worry! You can swap out the watermelon for any kind of fruit you like.
Make it creamy: To make these popsicles extra creamy, add a can of full-fat coconut milk. Not only does it make the texture creamy, but it also gives it a tropical twist and adds a ton of heart-healthy fats.
Give it a kick: If you love spicy food as much as I do, then you’ve got to try the fruit and chili flavor combination! Try mixing a Mexican chili powder like Tajin into the popsicles for an added kick.
Add the rind: No, I don’t mean an actual watermelon rind. For a super cute presentation for parties, try leaving the last inch of the popsicle molds empty and letting the watermelon portion freeze, then adding blended kiwi to give the appearance of a watermelon rind at the bottom of each popsicle. You can also add seeds with some chocolate chips.
Make it boozy: If you’re hosting an adults-only pool party or backyard barbecue, try adding a little vodka or rum to the popsicle mixture before freezing them for boozy popsicles!