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Watermelon, cucumber and shrimp are a
great flavor pairing. Watermelon can be a
base for other savory foods as well. Photo
Yesterday we offered dessert recipe ideas for watermelon, including watermelon “cupcakes” and watermelon “pizza.”
Today, we present savory watermelon recipes, so celebrate: August 3rd is National Watermelon Day (July is National Watermelon Month).
Canapés. Instead of bread, use rectangles of watermelon. Top with ham, shrimp, cheese, olives, capers and other favorite ingredients.
Chutney. Watermelon Chutney is delicious with pork dishes and grilled poultry.
Finger Food. There are lots of choices here, including Smoked Salmon & Watermelon Circles.
Prosciutto. For an appetizer, serve sliced watermelon with prosciutto, or wrap it to create Prosciutto-Wrapped Watermelon, Brie & Figs
Rounds. Use a large cookie cutter or a saucer to cut circles of watermelon, and build a dish on top of them. The photo shows a Shrimp Cocktail built this way.
Salad. Try a Sweet & Sour Watermelon & Cucumber Salad.
Salsa. Watermelon is delicious in fresh salsa. Check out this variety of recipes, or try this Jalapeño & Shrimp Pico de Gallo.
SOPHISTICATED WATERMELON RECIPES
Sandwiches. Add a slice of watermelon to a grilled chicken, pork loin or smoked salmon sandwich. It works with the protein as well as with the mustard. Really!
Seafood Cocktail. Add balls of watermelon to a conventional seafood cocktail. Or make Watermelon Crab/Shrimp Cups, mounding crab or shrimp salad into the center of the cup.
FUN WATERMELON RECIPES
Caprese Salad. Give a twist to this popular stack of tomato, mozzarella and basil, by substituting watermelon for the tomato: Watermelon Caprese Salad.
Creative Cube. If you have the patience, we love this Rubik’s Cube-style Wacky Cube appetizer. You can assign the task to older children.
Kabobs: Grill cubes of watermelon with shrimp, scallops or other fish/seafood. Or skewer poached shrimp and watermelon to make Shrimp Satay Skewers.
Other Salads. Watermelon is delicious with blue cheese, feta, goat cheese and mozzarella, as we demonstrated in this recent salad recipe. You can add watermelon to just about any salad. We love it in carrot salad with raisins.
Party Snack (photo at right): A Watermelon And Cheese Checkerboard is relatively easy to make and sure to delight. Your friends will want to copy this one for game time snacking.
Make a watermelon checkerboard with your favorite cheese. We made the checkers from artisan sausage; you can grab the nearest pepperoni. Photo courtesy Watermelon.org.
Find more watermelon recipes at Watermelon.org.
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