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Welcome to part 3 of “how do two people eat an entire watermelon before it goes bad”? The answer? Make fancy watermelon bites! Or canapés if you’re getting really fancy!
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It’s quite the challenge, attempting to finish off a watermelon that’s probably bigger than my torso. Even with the valiant assistance of Mr Meatified. But before I resorted to blending the thing up and making either (a) smoothies or (b) cocktails – guess which one of the two options happened! – I figured I should try a few more edible things first. If you’ve ever googled watermelon recipes, you’ll know that approximately 300% of them will pair this refreshing fruit with feta. I get it: I’m not above a classic salty + sweet combo. But when you’ve already eaten more Watermelon Caprese than should be humanly possible, the thought of another watermelon-cheese-a-thon is not cheering.
While I was making that Watermelon Caprese, though, I took a look at the little circles I had been cutting out with cute 2-sided cookie cutters and figured that they would make perfect little pre-dinner bites with the right topping. I wanted to keep these watermelon bites Paleo, which meant cheese was out. But I also wanted to keep a little of the inherent saltiness which makes the watermelon-feta-standard so tasty. So instead, I made an avocado cucumber salsa to satisfy the creamy texture usually coming from the cheese and then dressed it very lightly with a splash of coconut aminos to keep the salty element that works so well. I balanced everything out with a squeeze of fresh lime juice – that little bit of acidity makes everything pop!
You can serve these adorable little watermelon bites with drinks as pre-dinner nibbles, or make them as a slightly unexpeccted appetizer. You could even make it easier on yourself by simply tossing some cubed watermelon in with the avocado cucumber salsa if you’re feeling a little less like cutting out shapes and just want a nice light lunch or side. However you have them, these watermelon bites are definitely a keeper!
- 3 - 4 slices of a large watermelon, about ⅓ inch thick
- 1 small avocado, diced
- ¼ cup red onion, diced finely
- ½ cup cucumber, diced finely
- 1 tsp coconut aminos
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Use a 2 inch cookie cutter to create about 20 watermelon circles.
- In a bowl, combine the avocado, red onion, cucumber, coconut aminos and lime juice. Stir through.
- Use a teaspoon to top the watermelon circles with the avocado salsa.
- Serve immediately.
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