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Watermelon: Adding The Taste of Summer to Your Menu

Watermelon: Adding The Taste of Summer to Your Menu

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What does summer mean to restaurants? Farm fresh produce in season, in abundance and at the peak of its flavor profile such as watermelon. In fact, National Watermelon Day is celebrated on August 3. 

What can your restaurant do beyond just put it in a fresh fruit salad, a watermelon lemonade or perhaps the standard use of watermelon in restaurants-- a salad with watermelon cubes, feta cheese, black olives and basil? Be daring and  get something different on your menu now. 

Watermelon is a zero waste vegetable, yes, vegetable. It is part of the same family as cucumbers: “cucurbitaceae."  It can be broken down into four components to be used raw, cooked or baked with: meat, juice, rind and pulp.

For breakfast, serve watermelon jam with a basket of freshly baked scones. Serve pancakes? Pour on a watermelon syrup. Muffins on your menu? Add on a Watermelon Crumble Corn Muffin or add Watermelon Rind Bread to your breakfast pastry basket.

And for a twist on bacon, add a side of Watermelon Candied Bacon to your egg menu or crumble it onto a classic Iceberg Lettuce Wedge Salad with Blue Cheeses or add it to your BLT for the day. More on lunch, how about a Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwich on a Toasted Brioche Bun with Watermelon Basil Marmalade? And of course the bar; a Grilled Watermelon Jalapeno Lime Tequila Cooler.

More ideas to add to your menu:

  • Watermelon and Fresh Lime Sorbet
  • Watermelon Ice Cream
  • Watermelon Fruit Leather with the Check
  • Stir-Fried Grated Watermelon Rind with Sesame Oil, Chiles and Fresh Herbs
  • Watermelon Rind Slaw

TSAMMA Juice, which just launched  a Watermelon and Coconut Blend Juice, recommends using it to make a cocktail:

  • TSAMMARITA - watermelon, tequila, triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice
  • TTSAMMAOSA - watermelon juice and champagne

How do you work with watermelon? Use it in place of any ingredient where there is a watermelon substitution opportunity.

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