Saturday, June 18, 2016

Watermelon—A Favorite Summertime Fruit! By Raine English

I like to keep a large bowl of diced watermelon in the refrigerator during the summer months. It’s the perfect cool and refreshing snack, but it also makes a great salad.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe:

Watermelon with Balsamic and Fresh Mint

4 Servings

6 cups diced seedless watermelon
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. olive oil
12 fresh mint leaves

Combine the watermelon, olive oil, and mint leaves in a large bowl. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve right away.

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If you use the following tips when shopping for a watermelon, you’ll be sure to find one that’s ripe:

1. Look for a pale yellow spot on the rind. That tells you it was left on the ground to ripen. However, if the spot is a greenish-white, the watermelon’s probably not ripe enough.

2. Pick it up and make sure it’s heavy—heavier than it looks.

3. Knock on it and listen for a hollow sound.

Please share some of your favorite quick and easy watermelon recipes?


USA Today bestselling author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, along with steamier paranormal and Gothic romantic suspense. She’s a Daphne du Maurier Award winner and a Golden Heart finalist. Too Good to Believe, book three in her sweet series, Love Always, is available now. It features three childhood friends who encounter a lot more than anticipated while searching for love. To receive information on all her new releases, you can sign up for her newsletter, visit her website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

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  1. I love watermelon. Thanks for the tips on picking a good one.

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Raine. Looks easy and refreshing.

  3. Love this recipe! Thanks for posting it. Also good when adding pitted black (or Greek Kalamata) olives. Will be making it for Independence Day.