Apr 14, 2015

9 Refreshing Ways to Serve Watermelon This Summer

Watermelon - it's the first fun food I think about when planning a barbeque, outdoor birthday party or summer bridal shower. Most of these watermelon recipes are easy and elegant. Of course, any time a buffet idea calls for a melon baller, a ten minute recipe can easily turn into two hours. One quick look at this sweet melon sangria and you'll never look back. Watermelon is wonderful and I'll tell you why. Several large slices provide you with a little bit of fiber and a whole lot of vitamin A, C and much needed anti-oxidants. Your blood pressure feels normal and your skin looks Red Carpet ready. Do everyone you love a big refreshing favor, serve watermelon this summer every chance you get.

Four Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet - Everything you need to make this tasty watermelon treat (sugar, water, seedless watermelon and lemon juice) is on hand without a lengthy list.  Freeze and puree before serving.

Melon Sangria - A sophisticated take on sangria with sweet moscato wine infused with sparkling water and a grape-based Italian brandy known as "grappa."  Balls of honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe make this summer cocktail festive and fun to drink.
Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade - So easy!  Cubed watermelon, the juice of three lemons, your favorite artificial sweetener and one liter of sparkling water for this delicious summer drink.
Mouth-Watering Watermelon Bars - About 20 minutes to prepare, this sweet summer snack has a delicious crust made with melted butter and crushed vanilla wafers.
Watermelon Milkshakes - Made with just three ingredients, this low calorie milkshake is made with frozen watermelon, creamy Silk Almond Coconut Blend and the artificial sweetener of your choice.
Watermelon and Goat Cheese Appetizers - You'll need a round cookie cutter and melon baller to make these amazingly easy watermelon appetizers.  A tasty combination of milk and whipped goat cheese topped off with thinly sliced cucumbers makes this a summer feast for the eyes. 
Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Kabobs - Chunks of fresh pineapple and watermelon on pre-soaked wooden skewers are sweetened with a pina colada style glaze (equal parts of coconut milk and pineapple juice).

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothies - All you need for this simple summer smoothie is watermelon, fresh or frozen strawberries, creamy and delicious Greek yogurt and one teaspoon of lemon juice.

Watermelon Coconut Ice Cream - No ice cream maker needed for this creamy coconut and watermelon ice cream that is sweetened by the taste of pitted medjool dates - a rich, almost caramel-like fruit commonly grown in the Middle East but also available here in the U.S.

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