A Watermelon Crawl

If you're ever down in Georgia around mid-July...ğŸŽµ

To be honest, I've had almost zero pregnancy cravings. Besides not wanting to eat anything but potatoes and eggs during those queasy first months, no craving has had me leaving the house in the middle of the night. So far.

But if one thing comes close to a craving, it's Watermelon. I've been putting back 1 to 2 watermelons a week all by myself. BRB, I'm actually now craving some and need a snack.

OK, watermelon secured. 

OK, watermelon secured. 

Since I've been eating so much of this yummy treat, I thought I would share a few simple recipes I've enjoyed (and some I want to try) that feature this perfect fruit!

1. Watermelon cut in half, eat with spoon as you go.

This is the best and most obvious way to enjoy, but do you know what you're looking for when you pick out a w-melon at the market? You want to find one with a large yellow/white spot. This means that your w-melon has more likely to have been lying in the sun long enough to get nice and ripe on the inside. 

2. Watermelon, Raspberry, and Mint Salad adapted from PaleoLeap

  • 1/3 Cup H20
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 TBSP Raw Honey (Optional)
  • 1/2 Seedless Watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 1 C Raspberries
  • 1 1/2 C Strawberries, Sliced
  • 1/4 C (or more, in my opinion), Fresh Mint,  Shredded (don't forget to bruise it!)

The original recipe uses roasted hazelnuts, I always skip them and the result is still delicious. Basically, just heat the water, lime juice, and honey up in a saucepan over low heat. Let it cool! Combine all the fruit, then drizzle the liquid over and mix gently. It's easy to smoosh your raspberries, so if you're making this as a passing dish I would save some to add on top at the last minute.

3. Watermelon salad with Coconut Lime Dressing from The Sophisticated Caveman

  • (1) 5-6 pound seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 pound baby cucumbers, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves, roughly torn
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, coconut cream, and lime juice.
  2. Add the watermelon, cucumbers, red onion and mint. Gently toss until coated.
  3. Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes. Toss again before serving.

I haven't tested out this bad boy, but it's on my list for next week, that's for sure!

4. Watermelon slush with lime Juice

Ice, Watermelon, and some lime juice blended up to your preferred consistency in a blender. How come I didn't think of this years ago? I just saw it featured on Stupid Easy Paleo's blog. Thanks, Steph!

What's your favorite way to enjoy watermelon?