Spicy Mint Watermelon
Not sure why it took me so long to post a recipe using watermelon but better late than never, right?
To me there is nothing that screams summer more than the fresh, crisp sweetness of watermelon. Since temps are getting especially hotter here in the south I thought it was only natural that I dial up heat and add some spice to my usual Mint Watermelon recipe. The combination is something spectacular!
So to start, let’s talk about how to pick out the perfect watermelon.
1. Find one that feels heavy for it’s size, the more the water the riper the melon!
2. Look for a yellow spot on the bottom, this is how the watermelon sat and ripened in the sun. The bigger and more yellow the spot the better!
3. If you wanna be suuuuuper technical, put your ear a couple inches away from the watermelon and tap, if it’s ripe enough it should sound hollow.
Now that you’ve picked out your watermelon, you’re probably thinking, how the hell do I cut this thing!? To me there really is not right or wrong way, just depends on what you’re using it for. For this recipe I like to have the watermelon in bitesize square’s so their easier to eat. I’ve linked a video you can use for reference since I didn’t document that process…whoops. http://www.wikihow.com/Cut-a-Watermelon
Tajin Spice or Red Pepper Powder
Salt & Pepper
This recipe is super easy to make and to be honest I don’t measure anything out, it all depends on what you have a taste for. If you like things more on the spicy side, you’ll add more Tajin or Red Pepper, if you like it more on the minty side, surprise! add more mint. :)
1. Cut your watermelon into bitesize pieces and place in a large bowl.
2. Ciffonade your mint leaves and add to bowl. To me you can never really have to much mint flavor but it’s completely up to you how much you add. I make this recipe so much and use mint a lot for cooking that I decided to buy my own mint plant..this has turned out to be much more useful and less expensive.
3. Dash Red Pepper Powder or Tajin Spice over watermelon. Start with a little and built up to your desire heat level. Keep in mind that as your watermelon sits longer in your refrigerator the more flavor it gets. So it WILL get spicer. I learned this the hard way the first time.
4. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top to taste. Mix up bowl and viola!
Hope y’all enjoy this as much as I do! If you have any other recipes you’d like me to do, post about it in the comment section!