Watermelon in the lead

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

Watermelon in the lead

Watermelon is in the lead for the Gold Medal with 28% of the 1966 votes in the favorite summer fruit poll with strawberries getting the Silver at 18%.

I was actually surprised as I thought strawberries would win — particularly the big red juicy ones in the middle of summer. I also thought tree-ripened peaches had a chance. Shows you what I know. 

We will see if the numbers change as more precincts report. 

In honor of the winner, I offer this terrific watermelon salad recipe I found at Eatingwell.com. It is very easy to make, light, and refreshing.

Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups seeded, diced watermelon
  • 2 cups diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro — I used more
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts, toasted for a few minutes in a skillet then coarsely chopped


  1. Dissolve the sugar in the rice vinegar in a big bowl. 
  2. Add the watermelon and cucumber tossing gently so you don't make mush. 
  3. Mix in the cilantro, salt, and peanuts, and chill. 

Nutrition Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 63
  • Fat: 3 gm
  • Saturated fat: 0 gm
  • Trans fat: 0 gm
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 8 gm
  • Fiber: 1 gm
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Protein: 2 gm