7.22.2013

COOK } Watermelon & Salt


It just seemed a shame not to repost this, from last summer ...

Down South, it's a regular custom to shower your ripe, red watermelon slices with a sprinkling of salt. The juicy sweetness is enhanced, making a perfect thirst quencher on hot summer days.

The simplest way to enjoy this match made in heaven is, of course, simply salting a slice of watermelon. Kosher salt works best. And while we're talking about maximizing flavor, not all watermelons are created equal. I find the big seedless versions less flavorful than other varieties. Sugar Babies, Yellow Dolls, Georgia Rattlesnakes — there are so many great names and flavor profiles to choose from.

After you've devoured your salted slice, there are plenty of other ways to play with the flavor combo. Behold, the amazing things that happen when watermelon meets salt:

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Spicy Pickled Watermelon Rindfrom right here
Watermelon, Salt and Chile GranitaWhat Katie Ate (And oh, those gorgeous glasses!)
Watermelon Nectar with Lime SaltRecipe.com

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Watermelon GazpachoChow
Watermelon-Strawberry Agua FrescaFood & Wine
Yellow Watermelon, Tomato and Feta Saladfrom right here

Another perfect pair: Peaches & Bourbon

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