WATERMELON = SUMMER
Whether a quick slice for breakfast or a snack on the go, packed up in a picnic basket or on a table at a BBQ, watermelon is the quintessential summer staple. I thought it would be fun to put a different spin on the gorgeous pink fruit and came up with this watermelon pavlova recipe. With flavours of fresh lime, ginger, and chopped mint, it's a simple, gorgeous dessert that looks and tastes amazing for summer entertaining.
WATERMELON IS AN EXCELLENT HYDRATOR
Convincing my daughter to sip on water is a never-ending chore and, outside in the summer, it's even harder. Luckily, she LOVES watermelon and can often be found, barefoot in the grass, with a half-gnawed slice in her hand and pink juice dribbling down her chin. With 92% water content, watermelon is a great way to introduce extra hydration into her body. Plus, it's low in calories, fat, and is cholesterol-free. Also, did you know that because of its high water content, watermelon freezes beautifully?
IT'S KIND OF A NO-BRAINER.
THE "LOCAL" FACTOR
Although watermelon is produced in Canada, the growing season is short, just a small window of time in August, so most of the watermelon we buy is imported from the United States. U.S. watermelons are generally available in Canadian grocery stores between May and October. Did you know Canadians buy over 300 million pounds of U.S. watermelon every year?!
THAT'S A LOT OF PINK JUICE DRIBBLING DOWN CHINS.
WATERMELON PAVLOVA RECIPE
¼ cup fresh lime juice + zest of ½ lime
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 cups watermelon, cut into bite-sized cubes
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
6 mini pavlova shells
Combine lime juice and sugar in a small pot and gently simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove pot from heat, stir in chopped ginger, and allow to steep 30 minutes. Strain syrup, discard solids, and reserve liquid.
Mix watermelon cubes with cooled syrup, lime zest, and chopped mint. Serve over mini pavlova shells, or spoon over one large pavlova shell.
For more great watermelon recipes, check out watermelon.org.
Disclosure : This post is sponsored by National Watermelon Promotion Board and I have received financial compensation for the recipe I’ve created. That being said, all views and opinions are my own, and I will never endorse anything that I don’t use or love.