Posts Tagged ‘watermelon’

Watermelon Coconut Cocktail

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I know coconut water is, like, majorly old news by now. I mean, most of you are probably so over it and remember it like you do a bad fad from the early 90s, like troll dolls or No Fear t-shirts. You wore them with your Umbro shorts and Sambas and thought you were soooo cool. Kind of like you did when you were drinking coconut water after yoga while wearing your Lululemon getup last year. Oh, and then there’s the rest of you who probably never liked coconut water because, let’s face it, it’s a little weird-tasting. Well, guess what? I love it and I’m still hooked on it. And I’m drinking it more than ever.

I still think of it as a kind of magical liquid. Whenever I’m feeling down or just a little blah, I start chugging the stuff and immediately feel better. Silly? Perhaps. But it even relieves my headaches and I’m not going to argue with that. So, for hangovers? This stuff is a godsend. And consider I’m now at an age that I can’t have two drinks without waking up feeling like I went on a drinking binge, it’s welcome in my life. So um, I guess it’s a little ironic that I’m not drinking it in cocktail form. Huh.

Think of it as both the problem and the solution. In one. You can’t beat that. And you CAN have your fun and drink it, too. If that makes sense? If I have to explain it, probably not. Oh well. It’s Friday. Let’s have a drink!

Oh wait, have you had Coco Cafe yet? It’s coconut water, but with espresso and milk. Mix in a little liquor and I don’t even know what to say right now. This might have to be involved in my next cocktail:

Anyway, without further ado… ahem.

Watermelon Coconut Cocktail (serves 4):
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  • 1 C ice
  • 3 C seeded cubed watermelon
  • 1 1/2 C coconut water
  • 1/3 C light rum
  • 2 T freshly squeezed lime juice

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I didn’t even take photos of the drink-making process here. Probably because I was too anxious to just get it in the glass and drink it. And because there’s not really much of a process, unless you want to see photos of me lugging my blender out of my pantry, which I’m guessing is a big nope! Though my pantry is such a mess right now, you might actually find a little bit of humor in it.

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So really, all you do is put all of the ingredients in the blender. My Vitamix is the best! Blend everything together and serve in a glass.

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Garnish with a watermelon wedge and lime slice. And a wedge of coconut if you have one. Which you probably don’t. Which is why you purchase coconut water in a little carton from the grocery store. Amiright?

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Easy. And the color totally blew my mind. Bright and vibrant and totally summer in my glass. With a bit of froth for good measure. If you haven’t tried coconut water yet, I’ll tell you you’ll likely either love it or hate it. I wasn’t a fan the first time I tried it, but then I tried it again and got hooked. It’s super mild and just tastes like water with a touch of coconut. There’s a little bit of saltiness, too. What is not to love?

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I think this would be the perfect drink to sip on at a daytime party. By the pitcher. It will go fast. So, make extra.

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The watermelon combined with the coconut water make this drink amazingly refreshing. Which means you won’t get dehydrated and even with the kick of rum, you can enjoy a couple. Because remember… watermelon and coconut water are both fairly low calorie. Woot. These days it seems that we have to think way too much about how something will make us feel in the morning and how many calories are involved. Oh, isn’t growing up a joy!

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Speaking of feeling like the oldest person in the world… and sharing the oldest news ever, have you seen this Taylor Swift parody yet? I discovered it a couple months ago and still go back to watch it all the time because it’s SO true. Especially the part where she calls the cheese bad news. Instead of the guy. And when she falls asleep at the bar. Because that is so me. I only wish she were sipping on coconut water.

Oy. Happy Friday!

Are you a fan of coconut water?


Grilled Watermelon Salad

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Everything in this salad is grilled. Except for the spinach. And the dressing. When I figure out how to grill an olive oil-based salad dressing, I will let you know. And when I say grilled, I mean in my grill pan since I live in an apartment complex and don’t own a grill. To be fair, my complex has several grills available for common use, but my grill pan? Doesn’t require me to gather all my ingredients, walk downstairs, and across the lawn to one of the grills. #laziness.

But I do love grilled foods. And while burgers, steaks, and fish are delightful, fruits and cheeses can be made even more delicious when placed on the grill for a few minutes. Or the Le Creuset grill pan, as the case may be. Bottom line: you don’t need to own a grill to enjoy grilled deliciousness. Any time of year.

Grilled Watermelon Salad (serves 4 as an entrée):
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  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/2 small watermelon, cut into slices
  • 4 oz. halloumi cheese
  • 1-2 avocados, halved, peeled, and pitted
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 t finely chopped mint
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper

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I chopped my watermelon before grilling, but if you’re grilling on a real actual grill, you probably shouldn’t do this. I recommend cutting the watermelon into slices and grilling it that way. Once it’s grilled, you can cut it into chunks.

How every you do it, make sure you lightly brush the watermelon with olive oil on both sides.

Grill watermelon over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. Obviously you want to have those super fabulous grill marks showing up.

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Same thing goes for the avocados. You probably want to halve, peel, and pit them if you’re planning to grill them on an outdoor grill. Since my avocados were in no danger of falling through the grates, I sliced them ahead of time, brushed them with a bit of olive oil, and placed them in my grill pan. Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until you get pretty grill marks.

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Gotta grill the cheese, too! Halloumi is one of my favorite summertime cheeses because it’s made for grilling and is a great addition to any cookout spread. Or salad. I sliced the cheese, brushed it with some olive oil, grilled it for about 2-3 minutes on each side, and then cut it into bite-sized pieces.

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The dressing was also super simple. I whisked together olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, mint, and salt, and pepper.

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In a large bowl, toss together watermelon, avocado, and cheese and drizzle dressing over the top. And you have a fully grilled meal… that doesn’t even involve any meat! Serve in individual bowls. This can be a fabulous side salad, an appetizer, or even an entrée if you’re craving a lighter summer meal.

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Have you ever grilled watermelon before? It’s crazy! Grilling sucks some of the liquid out, brightens the fruit in a major way, and gives it this deep flavor-packed taste. I’m in love. Doesn’t the watermelon almost look like tomatoes?

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Obviously I’m already avocado-obsessed and would eat them in any way, shape, or form, but grilling them makes them even better. Next up? I totally want to make a grilled avocado guacamole. Seriously. Coming soon!

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This is the kind of salad I could eat all summer long and be perfectly happy eating. I ate it for dinner and then brought it to work for lunch the next day. I feel like I need to have grilled watermelon and grilled avocado in my fridge all summer long. Just waiting to be devoured or made into salads.

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Some day I shall have a house with a grill off the porch. And I will grill everything around. For now, I’m pretty satisfied with my fabulous Le Creuset grill pan and my little apartment kitchen. Sooo, what are we grilling next??

Do you like to grill? What’s your favorite grilled food?