Watermelon is way out 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.
- 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
Dissolve the sugar in the rice vinegar in a big bowl. Add the watermelon and cucumber tossing gently so you don't make mush. Mix in the cilantro, salt, and peanuts. I think this is best chilled a bit.
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