Friday, June 20, 2014

Watermelon Ginger Dressing

I love watermelon. Though most people only eat it at BBQ's or poolside parties it is actually a great health food. It is packed with vitamin c, lycopene, and antioxidants. It is also a great thirst quencher and some serious bang for your buck. I can get a local watermelon for less than five dollars and we will eat on it for days. In a recent attempt to use up the last of a huge watermelon I created this dressing. It is light and refreshing and also looks fun. Enjoy!

Watermelon Ginger Dressing

Gluten Free, Vegan
Makes about 1 cup (enough for 4 salads)

10 chunks of watermelon (1 inch x 1/2 inch)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lemon juiced, 3 tbls
1 tbl apple cider vinegar, plain kombucha, or lemon juice
1-2 tbl chia seeds
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp sea salt

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the chia seeds, in a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Add the chia seeds and pulse a few times to combine. The more chia seeds you add the thicker it will become.
  3. You can taste and adjust. If you want it sweeter add more watermelon and tangier add more lemon juice or vinegar. The flavor will develop more the longer it is refridgerated.
  4. Pour into a container and refrigerate for several hours. The chia seeds will thicken it up after a few hours. Give it a good shake before serving.
  5. Store in the fridge.

Notes and Substitutions

  • I used plain homemade kombucha instead of apple cider vinegar and it was really good, but anything acidic should work here.
  • If your watermelon isn't super sweet you may want to add a tablespoon of honey.
  • If you have a high-powered blender then it may pulverize the chia seeds. I would recommend pouring the dressing in a jar then adding the chia seeds and shaking vigorously. 
  • You can use fresh grated ginger instead of the powder. Start with 1/2 tsp and adjust to taste, it will get stronger as it sits.

What is your favorite way to use up watermelon?

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