Wednesday, August 3, 2011

National Watermelon Day ~ Latin Style

Even though July was National Watermelon Month, Wednesday, Aug. 3, is National Watermelon Day. While watermelon is over 90% water, it sure tastes good.  Did you know that there are around 300 varieties of watermelon in the U.S. and Mexico alone?  They come in many festive colors like red, pink, white or yellow.  Growing up in deep south Texas where watermelons are a common crop, we always had the sweetest tasting watermelons to choose from.  Occasionally we would go across into Mexico to shop for the day, and I always loved seeing the vendor carts.  The Mexican aesthetic is beautiful and bright, chaotic yet orderly, surreal yet existing right in front of your eyes, and so very magical.  The streets are lined with fruit vendors serving up delicious freshly cut fruits.  To truly appreciate the essence of the country, you should buy some watermelon and mango slices tossed with lime juice and chili powder.  It is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy all in one delicious and crunchy bite. 
Chicken Quesadillas with a Watermelon-Jicama Salad   Build on the traditional Mexican classic by adding fun new ingredients like sliced mushrooms and a different creamy cheese. Watermelon-jicama salad is a refreshing side dish for this easy summer dish. recipe

Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Watermelon-Jalapeño Salsa
Sweet watermelon perfectly complements the earthy spices—oregano, chili powder, and cumin—used to marinate juicy chicken breasts.  recipe
Watermelon Margaritas
Because of the sweetness of the watermelon this margarita doesn't need much sugar, so one glass has only 105 calories. A little bit of fresh lime juice brightens the drink and adds a welcome tanginess. For a special touch, rim your glasses with sugar and garnish with lime wedges and watermelon balls. recipe
Watermelon-Jalapeño Ice Pops
The perfect treat for a hot day, especially during this blazing hot summer seaon.  A mix of watermelon, sugar, lemon juice, and jalapeno for that extra kick.  A bit of pectin helps keep all the ingredients incorporated evenly; without it, they tend to separate.  recipe
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  1. All of these look super yummy! Sign me up for the party next year!

  2. Mmm mmm. Watermelon with mango + lime juice and chili powder sounds amazing.

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