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Watermelon Salad

This is a super refreshing watermelon salad. It’s light, a little sweet, and just a little minty.  Let’s start with the ingredients:

For the dressing:

¾ cup Water

¾ cup Sugar

Zest of two limes

Juice of one lime

Three large Sprigs of Mint (See picture)

For the Salad

1 Small Watermelon (Or any desired amount, really)

Mint Leaves (I used about 20)

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

So, let’s get started.  The first thing you need to do is make your dressing.  It will need to cool a bit before you can use it.  Now, we’re going to be making extra dressing.  I don’t know why I keep referring to it as a dressing.  All it is is spiked simple syrup.  Anyway, you’re going to have extra, but it’s good in a lot of things.  You can add it to iced tea, or in a cocktail, or all sorts of things.  Here we go.

1.) Add your sugar, water, zest, lime juice, and mint to a small pot over medium-high heat.  Bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Once you achieve boil, reduce the syrup to a simmer, and let it simmer for about ten minutes.  After that, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for a while.  Thirty minutes or so.

2.)  Strain your syrup into a squeeze bottle.  Store the mixture in the fridge.

3.)  Using a melon-baller, ball up your melon and place the pieces in a storage container.  If you don’t have a melon-baller, you can just chop it up into cubes.

4.)  Chop up your mint.  I sliced it into thin strips, which is what I would recommend.  Add this to your melon.

5.)  Dress the salad with your simple syrup.  Use as little or as much as you like.  Top with a quick grind of fresh pepper, and stir.  Let this salad sit for at least one hour before serving.

Behold!  Your tasty and refreshing watermelon salad is good to go.  Enjoy!

43 calories, 0 grams of fat, 11.1 grams of carbohydrates, 0.2 grams of protein, 1 mg of sodium

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