Watermelon Recipes

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Watermelon Carving and Fruit Display Recipe
I mentioned yesterday that we were having a formal dinner. What I didn't tell you is that a family friend stopped by and kindly made these amazing fruit centerpieces. She is a very talented caterer in San Jose. She went to culinary school and has been in the catering business for over 20 years, creating outstanding, complex displays for weddings and other parties.
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Cold Asparagus Soup with Grilled Watermelon Recipe

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I live for asparagus. I’ve grilled it, made risottos, meat dishes and more in the past. I’ve made soups before as well, but given that it’s still summer, I figured a cold asparagus soup would fit the bill.

I chose to cook with baby green asparagus spears because they're ultra tender and the color looks attractive. I kept the tips for a simple side dish of pan-fried fish fillets in butter and capers. The asparagus were grilled with olive oil so they were fragrant, then softened in vegetable broth until tender. I finished the soup by blending the asparagus with a little crème fraîche. The cold summer soup is refreshing, tasty, simple, yet very festive.

For a complete vegetarian presentation, I paired the soup with white balsamic grilled watermelon, which is in season. You could also add quail egg Niçoise salad or crab salad.

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Watermelon Iced Tea Drink Recipe Recipe

It's watermelon season again, which means that it's supposed to be really wam here in Northern California, but alas, we're experiencing another cold spell. For those of you enjoying balmier temperatures, I present my incredibly refreshing watermelon iced tea drink.

I flavored the drink with fresh mint and agave nectar; you could omit the syrup depending on the sweetness of the watermelon. In addition to being delicious, this refreshing drink has multiple health benefits thanks to the green tea. It really is the perfect summer drink!


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Watermelon Feta Salad with Jicama Recipe

Watermelon isn't only intended for fruit salad. The one I just grabbed at my local market is so juicy and flavorful I opted for a savory watermelon salad with Greek feta cheese. I also added shredded fried jicama, which is a sweet root vegetable that is used quite often in Vietnamese cuisine (as well as in Mexican food) and mimics the texture of pork skin. The salad lacked a bit of saltiness, so I added soy bacon bits.

I love incorporating fruits in savory dishes. The natural sweetness from the fruit balances the flavors of a salad very well. Next time you have bananas, pears or strawberries in your fruit basket, you might find an alternative to just making desserts.


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Watermelon Panzanella Recipe (Summer Salad) Recipe

Panzanella originates from Florence, probably the most famous city in Tuscany. I spent a couple of vacations in this beautiful city as a teenager and I can clearly remember the freshness of the dish. This salad is typically made of soaked stale bread with tomatoes and other flavorings. I haven't been able to find any fully ripe tomatoes at my local market yet, so I replaced them with juicy watermelon.

I kept the panzanella salad strictly vegetarian, mixing vegetables with steamed lentils. For added flavors, you could add shredded tuna, anchovies or boiled eggs.


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