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Recipes: watermelon treats

Few things say summer like picnics – and what’s a picnic without a delicious slice of watermelon to top it off?

Nice, ripe watermelon ...
Nice, ripe watermelon ...
Picnics and watermelon go together

But watermelon is for more than picnics. Did you know watermelon can also be used in a variety of recipes, some of which you may not have considered before?

Putting watermelon balls in a bowl with cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, melon and other fruits to make a fruit salad is too obvious. Let’s investigate some other possibilities.

Try a salsa by tossing together 3 cups diced seedless watermelon, ⅓ cup chopped cilantro, ¼ cup lime juice and ¼ cup diced onion. To kick up the heat, add 1 – 2 minced jalapeno peppers. Serve with tacos, chicken or fish.

For a different kind of salad, combine 6 cups argula (or another green), 2 cups seedless watermelon chunks and 1 cup diced feta cheese in a large bowl. Toss lightly with a low-fat vinaigrette.

You can even make slushies with watermelon. Combine 3 cups diced seedless watermelon, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, ½ cup water and 1 cup ice in a blender. Blend until icy. This will make four slushies.

Google watermelon recipes for more refreshing ideas like these.