In the summer, it’s hard to imagine a food being as refreshing as
watermelon. It’s sweet, juicy and cool – perfect on a hot
day. Aside from being a great cool-down food, it’s also packed with
A standard serving of watermelon is two cups, which includes one-third
of a day’s vitamins A and C as well as potassium and lycopene. Lycopene,
which is thought to help suppress or prevent cancer, is found in watermelon
40 percent more than in raw tomatoes.
Watermelon can make a great addition to any summer side plates, such as
a fruit salad. You can also throw some watermelon chunks and ice in a
blender, with lime juice and honey for a refreshing slushy drink that
kids and adults will love. The high water content (about 92% water) in
watermelon make it great for not only blending but for cold soup too,
like gazpacho. Regardless, watermelon will help keep us hydrated in the
When choosing a watermelon in the grocery store, look for one that is firm
and symmetrical, heavy and free of bruises and dents. Don’t worry
if there’s a yellow spot on the underside of the melon – that
should be there, as it indicates where it sat on the ground.
Looking for a quick, easy and fun recipe to include at a summer barbecue?
Try the tomato, watermelon and feta skewers below.
Tomato, Watermelon and Feta Skewers with Mint and Lime
2 boxes of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 cups 1-inch watermelon cubes (equal to about ¼ of a standard
3 lb. watermelon)
8 ounces of feta cheese, cubed
2 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
36 (3-inch) wooden skewers
Gently toss together tomatoes and the next seven ingredients in a large
bowl. Cover and chill 30 minutes to one hour. Then, thread one tomato,
one watermelon cube and one feta cube onto a skewer, and place in a serving
bowl. Repeat with remaining skewers. Drizzle with remaining marinade and
they’re ready to serve!