Thanks to The National Watermelon Promotion Board for sponsoring this recipe for a Watermelon Fruit Flag. All opinions are 100% my own.
Celebrate Independence day with a Watermelon Fruit Flag – red, white and blue fruit salad in a watermelon.
Have you seen the amazing art work people can create with watermelon? There are some seriously talented people out there. As a result, I was motivated to create my own watermelon art just in time for the 4th of July. While my inspiration was an intricate watermelon flag, I wanted to keep mine simple. In the first place, I doubt I have the carving skills to create an intricate American fruit flag. Second, I don’t have the time and doubt you do too. Rather I decided to make an easy Watermelon American fruit flag we all could manage.
First step to a Watermelon Fruit Flag is to buy a good watermelon. Pick a watermelon that feels heavy for its size. In addition for this recipe choose one that is oblong. One watermelon can easily feed up to three dozen people. Furthermore, watermelon is the #1 budget friendly fruit at only about 14 cents per serving. You cannot beat that. Plus watermelon is 100% usable and compostable. Pick up some blueberries and pears to complete the red, white and blue theme.
When you buy a watermelon, think about using the entire watermelon from rind to juice to the flesh. In this case I am using the rind as a bowl, however, it is edible. Have you seen pickled watermelon rind? So delish. Find additional recipes for watermelon rind here. Next I use the flesh to make the red stripes of the flag. Your guests can enjoy the incredibly refreshing flesh of this fruit flag. Also watermelon flesh is particularly good in savory recipes. Think grilled watermelon or a fruit salsa for grilled meat. Want more recipes for the flesh of watermelon? Find them here.
I can hardly forget the juice. Did you see my Watermelon Margarita Mocktail recipe last year? Instead of throwing out overripe watermelon, I puree it. Then I keep the juice in the freezer to whip up a margarita whenever I want. Watermelon slushies are also a huge hit in my house. Find lots of recipes for watermelon beverages here. Furthermore, watermelon is 92% water, has no cholesterol, fat or sodium. In addition, it is an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and B6. While only having 80 calories for a 2 cup serving.
To celebrate July as National Watermelon Month, The National Watermelon Promotion Board is challenging all of us watermelon lovers to use the whole watermelon; flesh, juice and rind. Simply submit your watermelon recipe using any part of the watermelon (flesh, rind or juice) to be entered to win up to $500. You can enter multiple times but must submit a new form for each entry to be eligible to win. Make sure you receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, your entry has not been officially submitted. Submit your recipe to watermelon.org/recipecontest.
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Watermelon Fruit Flag
- 1 Watermelon about 14lbs.
- 16 oz blueberries
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 to 3 pears peeled, chopped
Mix chopped pears with lemon juice. Set aside.
Cut watermelon in half lengthwise. Set one half aside for another use.
Cut a slice off the bottom of the rind so the watermelon half will be stable on the board.
To make whole for blueberries: Cut out about a four to six inch corner of the watermelon.
Using a spoon, scoop out the watermelon and set aside.
To create a wall around the blueberries. Cut a 1/4 inch border around the blueberry hole.
Fill hole with blueberries.
Cut around the outside of the remaining of the watermelon.
Slice remaining watermelon lengthwise into four rows.
Cut watermelon row into chunks. Scoop out.
Make the first "stripe" by filling watermelon with a row of chopped watermelon.
Next make a "stripe" of chopped pears.
Repeat with a stripe of watermelon and pears.
Cover and refrigerate until serving.
I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
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