An End of Summer Snack: Watermelon Salad Recipe

Watermelon Salad

Labor day has come and gone but the heat of summer is still holding on! For those of you who are searching for a delightful dish (with a kick) to bring to that end of summer BBQ- look no further. It’s here.

Watermelon Salad

I recently received a request to find a healthy snack that incorporates jalapeños. Being a fan of spicy items myself, I happily took up the task of researching and adapted this Watermelon Salad with Jalapeño and Lime recipe from vegetariantimes.com. This dish is not only light and refreshing, the recipe is also surprisingly quick and simple. The jalapeño and lime add  just enough flavor to compliment the juiciness of the watermelon without making it overly sour or spicy. I made it the night before going out to the beach and it held up wonderfully (even through an hour of traffic on the 10 freeway). But enough chatting- Here’s the recipe:

WHAT YOU NEED: 

• 2 cups watermelon (I found that one of those really cute mini watermelons from the farmer’s market worked out perfectly)

• 1 jalapeño pepper – chopped

• 1/4 cup sliced basil

• 1/8 teaspoon lime zest

• 3 tablespoons lime juice

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 teaspoon white or black sesame seeds

• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

watermelon salad ingredients

PREPARATION:

1. Cut watermelon into 1/2 inch cubes and place in a large serving bowl

2. In another bowl, combine lime juice, jalapeno, oil, and lime zest.

3. Drizzle lime juice mix evenly over the watermelon and toss lightly. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Watermelon Salad Ingredients

TO SERVE:

1. Add salt and sesame seeds. Top with basil.

2. ENJOY!

Sounds super easy, right? Also, the recipe serves about 4 and (the best part) – each serving is under 100 calories! So, while everyone else at the party is chowing down on baby back ribs and falling into a food coma, you’ll be prancing around in your swim suit, happily enjoying the last little bit of summer!

Watermelon Salad with Jalapeno and Lime

WHY IT’S GOOD FOR YOU:

According to naturalnews.com, watermelon is a nutritional powerhouse. Watermelon contains vitamins C , A, and lycopene, all of which have been found to ward off or minimize various types of cancer. It also contains B vitamins which help improve nervous system functioning and help convert food into cellular energy.  Watermelons also offer potassium and magnesium – vital minerals that are important for cardiovascular health, kidney functioning, and brain health.1

Raw jalapenos are good sources for vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, niacin, folate, choline, vitamin K, and contain phenolic and flavonoid antioxidants.2

Lime juice is void of cholesterol and saturated fat, and only has 5 mg of sodium. It also has very few calories and is a very good source of vitamin C and potassium.3

 

REFERENCES
1 http://www.naturalnews.com/029157_watermelon_nutrition.html
2 http://www.livestrong.com/article/464669-jalapeno-nutritional-data/
3 http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1943/2
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