July 2, 2007

The Perfect Melon!

So you need to bring a dish to that 4th of July BBQ that you've been anticipating all summer! Everyday Food has got the perfect treat! Tasty, refreshing, low-fat and very Chic... it's a great recipe whether you're a host or a guest!

Watermelon Salad with Rum and Mint: Serves 6

Prep time: 20 minutes. Total time: 20 minutes.

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest plus 2 tablespoons juice (from 1 lime)

2 tablespoons light-brown sugar

2 tablespoons light rum

1/4 teaspoon salt

6-pound piece chilled seedless watermelon

2 tablespoons slivered fresh mint leaves

1. In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, sugar, rum and salt.

2. Using a melon baller, scoop melon into balls (you'll get about 10 cups), or cut melon into bite-size chunks. Add melon to lime mixture in bowl. Sprinkle with mint and lime zest, and toss gently to combine.

Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate, up to 2 hours.

Definitely more creative than picking up a bottle of wine or a six pack of Corona!

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