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Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Nothing screams summer to me like watermelon. But I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to watermelon. I see recipes for grilling it or combining it in salads all the time, and I’m skeptical. How could that even taste good?

Well, I finally broke down and tried one. And…it was delicious! I was shocked, I’m not going to lie. I really only tried it to prove a point that these recipes are gross. So, believe me when I say this is worth trying, even if you are skeptical. Hope you give it a try!

Watermelon and Tomato Salad (Serves 4-6)

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup arugula
2 green onions, chopped
1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 cups seedless watermelon, sliced thin
1 ounce feta cheese

1. Combine first four ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and serve.

Nutritional Information (Amount per serving):

Calories: 86
Protein: 2 gm
Fat: 5 gm
Saturated Fat: 2 gm
Cholesterol: 6 mg
Carbohydrates: 9 gm
Fiber: 1 gm
Sodium: 217 mg

Recipe notes: Everything about this salad saves well except the arugula. So, if you anticipate leftovers, maybe put in less arugula and add in more as you eat it.

Low iodine adjustment: Use non-iodized salt.  Omit the feta.

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

I haven’t posted many drinks on this blog. Since I don’t drink any alcohol, special drinks are not all that exciting to me. They just become extra calories that I’d rather eat in dessert, to be honest. But hot weather combined with pregnancy has made me REALLY thirsty lately, and I can only drink so much water.

I also don’t think I have ever seen a drink called “agua fresca” in Mexico. I remember a conversation I overheard with a Mexican who seemed very confused by the idea. I mean, it translates to “fresh water”. But google will provide you with lots of recipes to try.

I really enjoyed this version. I think the basic formula works for just about any fruit. Depending on the fruit, you would need to add more or less water. Watermelon has a lot of water in it, hence the name. A more substantial fruit, like peaches or strawberries, for example, might need more water to thin it down. Have fun and enjoy!

Watermelon Agua Fresca (Serves 3-6)

Watermelon Agua Fresca

6 cups watermelon cubes
2 tablespoons – ¼ cup granulated sugar
about 2 cups water
2 tablespoons lime juice (optional)

1. Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste, adding more sugar or water as needed.

2. Optional step: strain drink over fine mesh strainer.

3. Chill until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information (Amount per serving):

Calories: 126
Protein: 2 g
Fat: less than 1 g
Saturated Fat: less than 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 32 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sodium: 5 mg

Recipe Notes: I didn’t strain mine, as you can see by the pulpy layer in the photo. Just stirring it with a spoon combined it all. I didn’t mind that texture, but feel free to strain it if it bugs you. The amount of sugar will depend on the ripeness/sweetness of your fruit. Feel free to mix up the other flavorings. I’ve seen basil and mint suggested online. And as I said above, mix it up on the fruit. I’ve had cantaloupe, which is delicious. But strawberry, peach, and mango would also be delicious.

Source: Adapted from sources online.

Low-iodine adjustment: none needed. Enjoy!

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