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DIVAS ON A DIME: Top 10 reasons for one more watermelon this summer

Before summer begins its slow fade into autumn, before the fresh fruits and greens shift to pumpkin spice and steamy soups, let’s pay homage to one of summer’s unsung heroes, the humble watermelon.

Nothing embodies the flavor of summer more than a ripe, juicy watermelon. With Southern Nevada temperatures still hovering hot as Hades, the sweet, bright chilled fruit is just as appealing now as it was in May. So, I propose we take this end of season, sweet as candy, mammoth out for one more spin before the sun sets on its peak season. So, go to the store and get a watermelon. I’ll wait.

OK, glad you’re back! I’ve rounded up ten fabulous recipes featuring watermelon. There’s salad and salsa, some are slushy, some are boozy, many involve a blender, and all will make you so happy you have a watermelon right now.

Watermelon Ice – Cut watermelon into small cubes. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and pop it in the freezer. Once frozen, store in a freezer-safe zip-top bag. Fill a glass with watermelon ice and top with water, sparkling water, lemon-lime soda, or lemonade.

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca – Place ¼ cup packed fresh mint leaves, ¼ cup sugar, and ¼ cup water in a small pot. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar has dissolved. Set aside until cool, about 30 minutes. Strain the mint syrup into a blender, discarding the mint leaves. Add 5 cups peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped watermelon and ¼ cup fresh lime juice and blend until smooth. Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Add 2 cups water and stir well to combine. Serve over ice with mint sprigs.

Watermelon Strawberry Slushy – In a blender combine ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ cup sugar, 4 cups cubed seedless frozen watermelon, 2 cups frozen strawberries. Cover and process until smooth and serve immediately.

3Ingredient Watermelon Daiquiri – Blend together 4 cups of cubed, frozen watermelon, a big squeeze of lime juice, and ½ cup rum. This makes four servings of the easiest daiquiri ever.

Creamy Watermelon Pops – In a blender, blend together 4 cups watermelon, ¾ cups plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, ¼ cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice until smooth. Pour the mixture to popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours. Makes 8 pops.

2-Ingredient Watermelon Gelato – Place 5 cups frozen cubed watermelon, and 1 cup frozen sliced overripe banana into a food processor and process until smooth. Serve, or pop it in the freezer for an hour or more for a firmer gelato.

Watermelon Italian Ice – Place 6 cups watermelon, cubed and seeded, ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ cup sugar and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and put in the freezer. Freeze watermelon mixture until edges begin to set. Use a fork to scrape and break up frozen portions every 20–30 minutes until mixture resembles fluffy shaved ice. It’s like a snow cone only better.

Boozy Watermelon Granita – Make recipe above (Italian Ice) swapping lime juice for the lemon juice and adding ¾ cup rum, or vodka, or tequila (but not all three, even I have my limits) to the mix in the blender. Proceed as directed above. Serve in martini glasses with a twist of lime.

Mediterranean Watermelon Salad – In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar and ½ teaspoon kosher salt to make a light dressing. In a large serving bowl, combine 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed, 1 ½ cups cucumber, chopped, 1 cup crumbled feta, ½ cup purple onion, thinly sliced and ½ loosely packed cup mint and/or basil, thinly sliced. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing to combine. If you’re not into feta you could substitute mozzarella cheese.

Watermelon Pineapple Salsa – In a large bowl, combine, 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon, 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained, ¼ cup chopped sweet or purple onion, ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, 3 tablespoons orange juice, and 1 small jalapeno pepper, finely minced (optional!). Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips.

We’re gonna need more than one watermelon. See you next week!

Lifestyle expert Patti Diamond is the recipe developer and food writer of the website “Divas On A Dime – Where Frugal, Meets Fabulous!” Visit Patti at www.divasonadime.com and join the conversation on Facebook at DivasOnADimeDotCom. Email Patti at divapatti@divasonadime.com

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