Perhaps one of the most refreshing foods for the summer season is watermelon. While most people enjoy this tasty fruit sliced, cubed, or just right off the rind, there are several recipes that you can try that will deliver the best flavors. Before you begin working with your watermelon, make sure it’s ripe and that there are no areas that could indicate that it has been sitting for a long time.

Sweet Salad

A personal chef in New Jersey can create a delicious watermelon salad that is made with small cubes of the fruit, a nice bed of lettuce, and bites of feta cheese. The salty and sweet flavors pair well together as a side for the hamburgers and hot dogs you might cook on the grill. Top the salad with a light drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette or olive oil.

Stacks Of Summertime Bliss

If you need a light appetizer for a summer celebration or just want a healthy snack during the day, then consider cucumber and watermelon bites. Cut slices of cucumber and slices of watermelon that are the same size. The finished result will look almost like a slider as you layer each component before it’s topped with a little bit of crumbled feta cheese.

Elegant Refreshments

Watermelon is a nice addition to almost any summertime dessert. All you have to do is cut your watermelon into small cubes so that you can paint a thin layer of goat cheese and cream cheese on top. Next, sprinkle crushed pistachios on top of the cheese. This would be a good appetizer to consider for a baby or wedding shower or even a graduation celebration.

Light Lemonade

There’s nothing like a refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. When you add watermelon juice and small chunks of watermelon to the drink, you get a brilliant pink color that is beautiful to look at on any summertime table. Add a few slices of cucumbers and lemons in the beverage as well, along with a few mint leaves for just the right kick to take your drink to the next level. If you want to make an adult beverage, then add a small amount of vodka for a nice cocktail.

Savory Salsa

When you think of salsa, you probably think of tomatoes, onions, herbs, and other spicy ingredients. Did you know you can create a refreshing salsa that can be used on crackers or vegetable slices with vibrant flavors that include watermelon, a variety of peppers, cilantro, and onions? Watermelon will be used to replace the tomatoes that are in a traditional salsa for a sweeter taste.

Sum it Up

The delicious and crisp taste of watermelon is a summer favorite.  There are plenty of recipes to try that include this versatile fruit, from salads to salsas, so take your pick.  If you’re unsure where to start, consider using a personal chef to help you make the most of your melon!

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