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California Watermelon Recipes

Watermelon Deserts

Use melon ball scooper to scoop your favorite melons into balls. Place in a decorative dish or cup and accent with seasonal berries such as blueberries. Top with whipped cream and candy sprinkles. Voila!

Watermelon Cocktail, by author Scott Beattie, Artisanal Cocktails, ISBN-10: 1580089216, Ten Speed Press.

1 small ripe red watermelon - for 1 serving
Chili powder
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, plus more for sprinkling on watermelon triangle garnish
1 1/2 ounces vodka

1. With a small knife, cut a 3-by-1 inch triangle from the watermelon to use as a garnish. Set aside.
2. Using a melon ball scooper, scoop out 3/4 cup watermelon. Place watermelon in a cocktail shaker and add dash of chili powder and 1/2 ounce lime juice. Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, mash watermelon mixture to release the juices. Add vodka and fill shaker with ice.
3. Shake until chilled and strain into a Martini glass. Sprinkle watermelon triangle with chili powder, salt and a dash of lime juice. Spear it onto the side of the glass. Season cocktail with salt, if desired.

Watermelon Salad with a Kick Grace Ann Walden

1/2 small watermelon, cut into chunks, remove seeds
1 jalapeno, no seeds, minced finely
1/2 jicama, peeled, sliced and cut into batons, then diced
1/3 pound French Feta (less salty) chopped up
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil, mild flavored type
small handful of mint leaves, minced
salt and pepper

1. Mix together watermelon, jalapeno and jicama. Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, mint, salt and pepper.
2. Toss salad with dressing; sprinkle feta all around the top. Chill.

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