Watermelon screams summer, thirst quenching and high in lycopene, it is perfect for the sultry days of the season.
Information varies on whether this is actually a fruit or a vegetable, and I even read it is a type of berry!
One fact that does seem consistent is that Watermelon is originally from Africa, it has been around a very long time, and China is currently the worlds largest watermelon producer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watermelon.
My husband tells a darling story about his beloved Grandmother - she intensely disliked watermelon, all her life, but when offered a piece in her later years while suffering from Alzhiemers, she ate it with delight!
I have never enjoyed watermelon more than in either of these salads - when paired with cheese, greens, balsamic, and a sprinkle of pepper.
WATERMELON FETA AND ARUGULA SALAD WITH BALSAMIC GLAZE
1 5-ounce package of baby arugula
8 cups 3/4 inch cubes of seedless watermelon
1 7-ounce package of feta cheese, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar glaze
Arrange arugula over large platter, or on individual plates. Scatter watermelon, then feta over. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, and sprinkle with pepper.
GRILLED WATERMELON WITH BLUE CHEESE AND PROSCIUTTO
3 (1/2 inch thick) watermelon rounds, quartered
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces of sliced prosciutto
4 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled
fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons bottled balsamic glaze
Heat grill to medium high heat. Brush both sides of the watermelon quarters with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Grill watermelon quarters, 1 minute on each side.
Transfer watermelon to a serving plate, top with blue cheese, prosciutto and fresh basil. Drizzle watermelon with balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living, August, 2012