Salted Watermelon Mint Cooler
Refreshing and cool with a different twist. The sweetness from the melon combined with the contrast of the lemon and salt really brings out the flavor of the mint and watermelon.
It takes me back to being a kid in the summertime. For some reason I have had a low sodium level since I was young and the doctor told my parents to make sure I consumed a lot more salt. I can’t remember exactly how, but I just started to salt my watermelon and add a little citrus to it. My parents thought it was a little weird but wow, it is an interesting and great combination. You will just have to try it to believe it. If you are concerned about the flavors in such a big batch, just salt a small piece of melon and add the tiniest drop of lemon or lime juice to it, and eat. It can take a few pieces to really get into the flavors. I have gotten so many people to try it, and love it. If you think this is a foreign concept, well… it is. Many other cultures have been salting their fruit for quite some time, hispanics(with chili and lime), different asian countries(sometimes with soy sauce), some middle eastern cultures as well and the list probably goes on. If you like salt on the rim of your margarita, it is the same concept minus the alcohol. This is a great way to cool off or use up any leftover watermelon chillin’ in your fridge.
- 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
- 1/4 Cup fresh lemon juice ( lime would be good too)
- 1/4 Cup fresh mint leaves
- 1/8 Cup white sugar (adjust for watermelon sweetness)
- 2 TBSP. mild flavored honey (like a clover or orange)
- 1/2 tsp. citrus salt (regular, kosher or sea salt works fine)
- 4 Cups ice
Place the first 6 ingredients into the blender and blend well. Lastly, add the ice and blend to desired thickness. Can top with citrus zest, sugar or salted rim, and a mint sprig.
Leftover Love Popsicles
Salted Watermelon POPS
These Watermelon Popsicles are just the treat to beat the summer heat. Light and refreshing these pops could help replenish your electrolytes as well as cool you off.
According to a few articles I have read, including one from Livestrong.com a proper mix of; water, iodized salt, fruit juices, and lemon or lime juice can be used to make your own electrolyte drink. In this case, we make popsicles. So “Party on Wayne, Party on Garth”, just make sure you replenish those electrolytes when your done.
Just freeze any leftovers from the Watermelon cooler, according to your specific Popsicle mold directions and wa laa. If you don’t want the cooler and you just want the popsicles try cutting the recipe down to at least 1/4. Below I estimated what you would need.
Salted Watermelon Popsicles
- 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
- About 1 1/2 TBSP. fresh lemon juice ( lime would be good too)
- About 8 fresh mint leaves
- 1 TBSP. mild flavored honey (like a clover or orange)
- 1/8 tsp. iodized salt
- 1 Cup ice
- Place the first 6 ingredients into the blender and blend well.
- Lastly, add the ice and blend to desired thickness.
- Freeze in your popsicle molds according to manufacturer directions.
- Enjoy Optional- top with a drizzle of honey and zest.
If you are looking for pop molds, pictured below are the ones I purchased from Amazon.