Watermelon has this household hooked in the Summer hot weather – that luscious pink colour going looking so good in the heat, and the juices running down onto one’s plate (or down one’s chin). Eaten with a sucking noise, to extract every piece of juice, it cools and supplies a sugar energy boost at the same time.
It is so good to slice it, take it outside and eat with ones hands, the rind still on, gnawing at it to get the last of the pink bits. Or cut into cubes, more delicately eaten with a fork, popping ice-cold cubes into our mouths with regular automatic movements of fork to cube to mouth and back again.
Watermelon Salads are the perfect way to beat the heat, and as the temperatures soar here, the first order of the day is to make salads to chill until snack time or meal time. Here are our favourites.
Watermelon Salad with Mint and Olives combines the tang of onion and the saltiness of olives with the cooling effects of mint and cold watermelon. It is colourful and delicious.
Haloumi for a firm creaminess and pinenuts for crunch make this Haloumi and Watermelon Salad unusual and divine. The haloumi means that this salad is substantial and can form a basis for a meal, or a meal in itself in a heatwave.
Ice cold peaches and super cold watermelon combine for a wonderful salad for eating while watching the Tennis on TV or sitting outside under the grapevine. It is an eat-any-time-of-the-day salad. It is here: Watermelon and Peach Salad with Basil.
Spicy Red Radish and Watermelon Salad is a salad in the Thai style, with lots of spice and lots of herbs. Radishes add a lively bite. Surprisingly, the heat of this salad is very cooling and again, it is a wonderful salad to eat outdoors, perhaps in the park under the shade of a try, while the kids run off some energy after being cooped up because of the heat.
Watermelon Salad with Lime Juice takes a leaf out of the Indian style of eating fresh fruit – drizzling lime juice over the watermelon for that lovely sweet-sour tension, and sprinkles the spicy and tangy spice mix called Chaat Masala over the top. Finish with lots of fresh herbs for a wonderful salad.
In the mean time, use any left over watermelon to make Watermelon Juice.