Watermelon Salad

This salad is amazing!! Perfect for a hot summer day! Sweet, crunchy, salty and umami from the miso dressing.

Watermelon – 3/4 inch diced: 1 pint


English cucumber – thin half-moons: a few slices

Couple grinds of black pepper

A few sprigs of mint, chopped

2 tbsp sunflower seeds


1/4 c Feta, crumbled


1 tsp alleppo or red chilli flakes


Miso dressing https://cookinwithchris.wordpress.com/2021/08/12/miso-dressing/dressing

Directions:
Toss all ingredients together leaving out the mint and sunflower seeds. Place in a serving bowl and top with sunflower seeds and mint leaves.

Watermelon Strawberry Agua Fresca

 This maybe my new go to summer drink. You can mix it with sparkling water or sparkling wine for a wonderfully refreshing beverage. You just need a couple TBSP to flavor your beverage so a little goes a long way.

Ingredients:
1/2 c water
1/4 c honey
2 mint sprigs
One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2 c seedless watermelon cubes
2 c hulled strawberries
Ice and chilled sparkling water, for serving

In a small pot, heat water and honey until it just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add mint and ginger.

In a Vitamix or other lesser blender 😜, add fruit, strain water honey mixture and pour into blender, pop in 1 -3 slices of ginger. Purée till smooth. 

Chill. Add a couple TBSP to sparkling beverage of choice and enjoy.

Watermelon Margarita

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This is a great cocktail for a hot summer night, light refreshing with a little kick. I used the Vitamix to blend it up then stored in the freezer until cocktail time. You could also serve over ice.

2 TBSP superfine sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 c cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 c tequila
3 TBSP fresh lime juice
1 TBSP Triple Sec

On a small plate, pour sugar. Use like wedge to moisten the rim of your glasses, then dip into sugar.

Pour sugar and remaining ingredient into a blender and purée.

Serves 4.

In-sandiary

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I found this one in Food & Wine. I excluded the simple syrup – seemed sweet enough for me.

CHILE SALT
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar

COCKTAIL
Ice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz blanco tequila
1 lime wedge
2 ounces watermelon juice

Combine salt ingredients in a small bowl big enough to fit your glass into.

In a blender, purée watermelon. Dip the glasses in the foam, shake, then dip into salt mixture.

Combine remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake. Serve over ice.

Makes 1 cocktail.
Salt for lots. I store mine in a Tupperware container for future use.