Juicing with watermelon

This summer,  I’ve had a blast making juices with watermelon as the main ingredient. Seedless watermelons are so easy to work with, abundant, and inexpensive. You start with the sweetness of the watermelon and add layers of flavor — sour, hot, herbal, fragrant, smoked, savory, and/or salty elements — to that yumminess.

Screen Shot 2017-07-01 at 2.57.45 PM.pngAlthough I make a lot of juices that are all veggies (green) or veggies plus one fruit (usually brown!), for some reason it seemed important to keep this juice red in color, so I didn’t add kale, spinach, or parsley, which I’m sure would have made the juice more nutritious, if less pretty to look at.

I had fun combining watermelon with other flavors. I don’t measure, so measurements aren’t included. Make watermelon the most abundant ingredient, because it’s where most of the juice comes from. After that, use your tastebuds and common sense!

Here’s a compilation:

  • Watermelon, raspberries, lime juice, coconut oil, and pink Himalyansalt.
  • Watermelon, lime juice, rose water, Real salt.
  • Watermelon, rose water, and freshly picked mint.
  • Watermelon, rose water, and cayenne.
  • Watermelon, raspberries, lime juice, and smoked chili powder.
  • Watermelon, lime juice, freshly picked rosemary and mint, and Real salt.
  • Watermelon, sea salt, and chili powder.
  • Watermelon and jalapeño.
  • Watermelon and freshly picked basil.
  • Watermelon and ginger.
  • Watermelon and smoked salt.
  • Watermelon and preserved lemon.

I am looking forward to experimenting with smoked paprika, roasted peppers, other herbs like thyme and lemon balm, strawberries, beets, cucumbers, celery, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and lemon. This will definitely keep me cooler and hydrated all summer! You could probably even come up with some decent cocktails using watermelon as an ingredient.

What’s your favorite ingredient to combine with watermelon in a blender?

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