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Watermelon Salad


Watermelon Salad

Watermelon salad is an intriguing summer salad, cool and refreshing. This is a very light and filling salad and goes very well with grilled meat fish or even veggies. Watermelon is definitely a fun food to enjoy during summer. The bright red triangular wedges packed with sweet juices are not only eye pleasing but full of healthy nutrients. Many of us think watermelon as a great snacks but when you will come to know about it nutritive value you will give it a star place in your menu.

Now count the healthy facts, watermelons are excellent source of Vitamin A which help to maintain the eye health, Vitamin C which strengthen your immunity, prevent cell damage and Vitamin B6 which helps to convert protein into energy and helps in brain function. In this salad we are also using toasted pumpkin seed which is high in calories but on the positive side pumpkin seed are rich in mono -unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) that helps lower the bad cholesterol. Research shows that Mediterranean diets which are rich in MUFA prevents coronary artery diseases.

Other than this pumpkin seeds are also packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and various healths promoting antioxidant. Pumpkin seeds are good source of vitamins like B- complex and vitamin B-6 and folates. It is also good source of copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Consumption of pumpkin seed boost the immune power of our body. Today we are taking this two healthy ingredients water melon and pumpkin seed and making a very appetizing salad.

Ingredients:
  • Watermelon 1 deseeded cubed or scoop balls
  • Onion 1 small finely slice
  • Simple syrup ¼ cup
  • Olive oil 1tbsp
  • Lemon juice 2 tbsp
  • Ginger juice 1tsp
  • White pepper ¼ tsp
  • Black salt to taste
  • Crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup
  • Pumpkin seed (toasted) 1 heaping tbsp
  • Walnut 8 to 10 chopped
  • Fresh mint leaves 1 tbsp chopped

Procedure:

Cut the watermelon in triangles and then with a small fruit scooper scoop small deseed scoop. Take them in a bowl. Now in bowl mix simple syrup, olive oil, lemon juice, ginger juice, white pepper, black salt. Mix well. Now mix half of the vinaigrette with water melon and sliced onion. Place it on a serving bowl now sprinkle crumbled feta, toasted pumpkin seed, walnut and mint leaves and then drizzle rest of the vinaigrette. Have it as healthy snacks or serve it in a brunch with grilled fish or meat. I am sure you will love it.

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