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Fresh and fruity
Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon are three refreshing reasons to savor fruit this summer. Try these 8 simple ways to use the delicious melon flavor in your kitchen tonight.
Pressed Watermelon With Basil Water
Quench your thirst and get a boost of vitamin C with this colorful summer sip. Basil adds a fresh, slightly fragrant flavor to the sweetness of the watermelon, and this recipe is best used to cool down hot-off-the-grill dishes.
Ingredients: Watermelon, basil, sea salt, white wine vinegar, chilled water
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Prosciutto and Melon Pasta Salad
Enjoy this light Italian dish with a glass of crisp white wine. The mix of sweet, savory, and bitter flavors is perfect for a warm summer night. Plus you'll get nearly 20% of your fiber and plenty of heart-healthy fat.
Ingredients: Farfalle pasta, lemons, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, red pepper, garlic, olive oil, arugula, cantaloupe, shallots, mint leaves, prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
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Summer Melon With Fig and Prosciutto
There's a reason to pair salty prosciutto with sweet melon. Not only do the flavors complement each other perfectly, but you also add a bit of filling protein to a guilt-free side dish.
Ingredients: Sharlyn melon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, prosciutto, basil, figs, arugula, olive oil, ricotta salata, red pepper
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Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad
Whip up this vitamin C-packed salad for your next outdoor event. Watermelon and tomato provide a juicy, sweet base for the tangy feta and bitter onion. Serve with grilled fish or chicken.
Ingredients: Olive oil, fresh herbs, lemons, kosher salt, heirloom tomatoes, seedless red and yellow watermelon, red onion, feta cheese
Calories: 133 (approximate)
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For less than 100 calories, you can enjoy a refreshing dessert. Cantaloupe adds a natural sweetness to the sherbet plus a luscious peach color. This recipe calls for a calorie-free sweetener, but you can use regular sugar to suit your taste.
Ingredients: Cantaloupe, calorie-free sweetener, lemon juice, unflavored gelatin, cold water, vanilla fat-free yogurt
Try this recipe: Cantaloupe Sherbet
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Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast With Watermelon-Jalapeno Salsa
Sweet watermelon and mango perfectly complement the earthy spicesoregano, chili powder, and cuminused to marinate the juicy chicken breasts.
Ingredients: Fresh oregano, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic, chicken breasts, watermelon, mango, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño pepper, limes, sugar, salt
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A pitcher of slushy daiquiris is a great way to start the weekend. These vivid green drinks look as delicious as they taste. And melon makes a low-cal mixer, so you'll imbibe for less than 200 calories.
Ingredients: Honeydew melon, kiwifruit, ice, light rum, sugar, limes
Try this recipe: Honeydew-Kiwi Daiquiris
Chilled Watermelon Soup
Cool, refreshing watermelon soup is a recipe sure to beat the summer heat. A garnish of cucumber and mint adds to the chill factor. Plus this dish is a unique way to start any cookout.
Ingredients: Cucumber, mint, watermelon, sugar, dry white wine, limes, salt, Tabasco sauce
Try this recipe: Chilled Watermelon Soup