As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this nearly six-acre tract of land, this farmhouse, this domain—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fruit On Tuesday ~ Week 8 {Watermelon Cucumber Salad}


Nothing says summer like ice cold watermelon...it is the quintessential summer fruit! I have childhood memories of eating watermelon slices at the picnic table, picking around those black seeds, while my parents told me not to eat too close to the rind or I'd get a tummy ache! It was soooo hard to stop! 


I still love watermelon. Chunks of watermelon in a fruit salad. Or slices at my own picnic table, although I am more likely to buy a seedless one these days. Or even Friendly's Wattamelon Roll! Have you ever had one?  It is made of layers of watermelon and lemon sherbet and has chocolate chip seeds. My mom buys me one every year for my end-of-summer birthday. She has been known to travel miles to find one!



However, I have never had watermelon in a savory salad. Until last night, that is!



You may remember that my friend Jill had supplied me with several fabulous recipes for my Salad On Tuesday series last summer. Layered Caribbean Chicken Salad, Chicken BLT Salad, and the very popular Cheeseburger Salad were all recommended by Jill.  So when she shared this Watermelon Cucumber Salad recipe with me, I was more than willing to give it a try.  She told me that she served this to her nephew who was quite skeptical, but he ended coming back for seconds...and thirds!

As I was gathering ingredients and putting this salad together, I must confess that I wondered about the unusual combination of flavors. But I was won over and, like Jill's nephew, ate three servings...and I didn't feel a bit guilty, because the ingredients were all fresh and healthy and low fat.  Win-win!






Ingredients:
1/2 red onion
4 cups diced watermelon
1 cucumber, seeded and sliced
handful of thinly sliced fresh basil
1/3 cup chopped cashews*
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of half a lime**
salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:
  1. Slice onion thinly; soak in cold water.
  2. Pat dry diced watermelon and cucumber slices; toss with basil.
  3. Drain onion and squeeze dry.  Add to salad along with cashews.  
  4. Mix olive oil and lime juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add to salad and mix gently.  

  * Peanuts or toasted pine nuts can be substituted for cashews.
** Lemon juice may be substituted for lime juice.


Are you an adventurous eater?  Are you willing to try foods in new and different ways?






Looking for a recipe from another week?
Week 4: Raspberry Sauce
Week 6: Key Lime Pie

5 comments:

  1. Perhaps it was very light and refreshing. I'd try some if someone else served it (and I might be won over, too). For me, though, I'm thinking why mess with a perfectly good thing? =D So that means I'm not very adventurous and that would be correct.

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  2. I love cucumbers and I love watermelon, but never thought to eat them together! It sure looks good, though!

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  3. This is a new combination of foods for me. Sounds yummy!

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  4. I had this for the first time this summer and liked it though I would not have sought it out. Now that I know how good it is I'm anxious to give making it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

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