It’s summertime and Wednesday, and Zoe is in the kitchen whipping up all things watermelon. Today is actually a double-header video in the kitchen: watermelon, feta, and basil salad and a watermelon limeade spritzer that is DELISH! *Video is at the bottom of the blogpost.
This dish is so easy, your 5 year-old can whip it up…or for those of you who cooking anything feels overwhelming, I promise these two dishes are anything but hard.
Feta (I get it crumbled – one less step)
Chop up your watermelon into bit-sized cubes. Take your basil leaves and stack several one on top of the other. Then, starting at one end, roll the leaves. Take the roll, and starting at one end slice the basil. It make nice long thin ribbon-like strips. The fancy term is called chiffonade. We’ll just stick with “cutting our basil into strips!” 🙂 Next, put the watermelon and feta in a bowl and add the basil. Then stir and enjoy!
*If you want to this to be a 5 min or less meal, buy your watermelon pre-cut.
We had recently came across some delicious watermelon spritzer recipes recently, but let’s just say they were not kid friendly. So, we made a twist on a recipes that we found and swapped the lemons for limes and added spritzer water instead of alcohol. The result = AMAZING! I’ll be whipping this up regularly around our house. It’s refreshingly sweet, but not too sweet. The lime cuts right through. If you’re needing a “mommy-drink” I’m guessing you could add vodka, but I’m definitely not the person to ask. Mix-mastering is nay my forte!
1/2 c. Watermelon Purée
1/4 c. Fresh squeezed lime juice
3 T. Simple syrup (just put equal parts water and sugar in a pan on low until the sugar dissolves).
3/4 c. Spritzer
Mint sprigs for garnish
Squeeze 1/4 cup of lime juice into a pitcher. Then, using a high powered blender, liquify 1/2 cup of watermelon. Add the watermelon puree to the pitcher. Next, add your 3 T. of simple syrup and give it all a good stir. Last but not least, pour your 3/4 cup of spritzer into the mix! I like putting the watermelon/lime mixture into the cup first and adding the spritzer into the cup. It fizzes and forms the slightest foamy layer (don’t freak out froth haters!) and looks so fancy 😉 Garnish with a sprig of mint. Sip and enjoy!
*You can make this recipe as large or small as you want. This recipe makes a FULL 12 oz glass.