If you were to open my fridge at any given time, you could pretty much guarantee there would be watermelon inside. It’s definitely my favorite fruit; I often snack on it when I’m blogging. Sounds messy right? Nah! Watermelon is simply misunderstood.
I texted my mom the other day asking her why we didn’t have watermelon when I was growing up. I remember eating it at my friends houses but never at home. I thought maybe it was really expensive and my mom was just being economical(totally something she would do). She responded, explaining it was too high maintenance; it wasn’t about price.
Watermelons are heavy and super annoying to carry home (if you walk to the grocery store like me), but I wouldn’t say they’re high maintenance. What works really well for me is cutting the watermelon right away into larger pieces and storing them in a big tupperware in the fridge. This takes max 10 minutes and you have a healthy & accessible snack, available all week.
When it’s hot out, I don’t have much of an appetite and really try to avoid using the oven. I usually make salads or cold soups during heats waves; using the oven makes our apartment unbearable. I feel like our bodies normally crave foods like that in the summertime anyway. Am I right? It’s such a refreshing fruit and it helps to keep you hydrated, because it’s made up of mostly water and is rich in electrolytes.
You want to look for a watermelon that is firm and free of major bruises. This may sound silly but a ripe watermelon should be heavy for it’s size. All watermelons have a creamy yellow ‘ground spot’ where they sat in the ground, soaking up the sun. Watermelons can keep out of the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Once cut, store in a container and keep in the fridge.
I hope you enjoy this Sinfully Simple Watermelon Salad as much as I do!
- 3 cups watermelon, largely diced
- 1 cup cucumber, peeled and largely diced
- ⅛ cup feta cheese
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
- ½ cup mint leaves, finely chopped
- garnish with lime wedge
- Combine watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese in a large bowl. Pour lime juice over mixture and sprinkle with mint. Top salad with toasted sliced almonds or black sesame seeds.