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Food Factor: Fire and Ice Watermelon Salad

by Natasha Haynes, MSU Exstention Service

Every once in a while, I get the urge to try a recipe that is totally different from anything I’ve ever tasted. Fire and Ice Watermelon Salad uses sweet, cubed watermelon, but adds savory flavors and fresh mint for a unique and refreshing salad.

If you are one of those people who adds salt to your cantaloupe or watermelon, this is for you! The combination of flavors may make picky eaters raise their eyebrows, but I challenge our adventurous eaters to give this one a chance.

Fire and Ice Watermelon Salad

Yield: 4 servings

6 cups watermelon, rind removed, cut into large chunks

2 green onions, thinly sliced 1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced 1/3 cup torn mint leaves 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes 2/3 cup white vinegar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon chili powder

In a large bowl, combine watermelon, onions, mint and red pepper flakes.

In a small bowl, mix vinegar, oil and chili powder. Drizzle vinegar mixture over watermelon mixture and serve.

Thanks to our friends at the University of Arkansas Extension for a printable version of this recipe.

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