WATERMELON MANIA: 11 DELICIOUS RECIPES + 9 HACKS FOR CUTTING THIS JUICY FRUIT
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Fresh, sweet, refreshing and hydrating ...These are the first things that come to mind when we think of watermelon. A precious ally during the summer, this delicious fruit of the Cucurbitaceae family has many other qualities.
For instance, did you know watermelon is said to be aphrodisiac? That's because it is rich in citrulline, which helps our body to produce arginine, an amino acid that helps dilate blood vessels. In addition, watermelon is an excellent ingredient in the kitchen. Not only with the classic slice at the end of the meal but there are many sweet and savory watermelon dishes you can enjoy.
Let's take a look at some tips for cutting this delight fruit and the many recipes you can make with it.
9 HACKS FOR CUTTING WATERMELON
Thirst-quenching watermelon is the perfect thing to eat when the sun beats down on you. However, the summer fruit par excellence has a small inconvenience: it is difficult to cut. Very often, the large dimensions of the watermelon prevent us from cutting it properly and storing it in the fridge. You can say goodbye to those problems by using these 9 hacks for cutting watermelon.
11 SWEET AND SAVORY WATERMELON DISHESWATERMELON GAZPACHO
This is the ultimate vegan summer recipe: a colorful watermelon gazpacho infused with white wine, cucumbers, yellow bell peppers and basil.
Watermelon pizza is a breeze to make. Simply top watermelon wedges with thinly sliced cucumbers, mint, and edible flowers, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Cheese is optional but a great addition.
WATERMELON AND DAIKON SALAD
Watermelon and daikon are the ying and yang of this beautiful salad full of pleasantly contrasting flavors and textures.
WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA
If a slice of watermelon isn't enough to calm your thirst try drinking a glass of agua fresca, a refreshing Mexican drink prepared with this tasty fruit.
Kickstart your morning with a watermelon-fig smoothie full of antioxidants and fiber. This recipe contains lettuce and peaches for extra nutrition.
There's nothing like an ice-cold watermelon granita on a hot summer day. This Italian recipe is a big crowd pleaser and does not require an ice cream maker.
NECTARINE AND WATERMELON SORBET
This elegant watermelon sorbet contains nectarines and a touch of rosé wine - a wonderfully refreshing treat for adults only.
Also on our list is this watermelon jelly loaded with flavor. It is easy to make and requires a simple dusting of powdered sugar as a garnish.
Cool off with this flavorful smoothie made with two types of melon, yogurt, mint and a touch of raspberry jelly.
WATERMELON SHRIMP SALAD
Cubed watermelon is tossed with sautéed shrimp, mozzarella, basil and a honey vinaigrette in this satisfying salad recipe.
Delicate scoops of watermelon and cantaloupe are paired with a creamy filling and sandwiched between crispy puff pastry in this gorgeous dessert.