1 1/2 Cup bow tie pasta 2 Cup cantaloupe, cubed or honeydew melon 1 Cup Swiss cheese, cubed or other cheese you like 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, finely snipped 1/3 Cup poppy seed dressing 2 Cups watercress
How to Make It:
Cook the pasta as directed on the package. Drain well, rinse with cold water and drain again. Place the pasta into a salad bowl. Add the cantaloupe and cheese and toss until well combined. Fold in the mint. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Stir in the watercress.
For a fun and healthy summertime treat kids will love, make watermelon ice cream cones. Using regular cake cones fill the bottom of each cone with a tablespoon of pineapple cream cheese frosting. Then place a spoonful of dried Craisins over the frosting. Using an ice cream scoop, place a scoop of seedless watermelon over the Craisins, then top with sprinkles. You?ll have a healthy, delicious and adorable treat kids ask for again and again. Great for birthday parties, 4th of July or anytime.
When you bring your watermelon home immediately slice it up into triangular pieces, small enough for little hands. Divide them up into storage containers and place them in the fridge for easy access. Make it easy for snacking on and serving.
For a beautiful side dish on any table, lay the watermelon on its side and cut about 1/4 of the top off using a zig-zag motion, which will make a nice oblong bowl. Slice about a 1/4 of the bottom off to make a stable base. You can use a round watermelon as well.
Create little melon balls by scooping out the fruit with the help of a melon-baller. Remove the seeds as much as possible while scooping. You will want to place the melon balls in a bowl while scooping, then once the inside of the melon is fairly clean and smooth, place the melon balls inside the watermelon bowl.
You can add other melon like cantaloupe and honey dew as well, if desired. The top part of the watermelon can be used as a lid if transporting. Be sure to use the flesh from the lid as melon balls as well so not to waste any of the delicious goodness.
For the more creative readers, create shapes out of the watermelon like fish and cars. A great site to learn how to make shapes out of watermelon is the National Watermelon Promotion Board. (http://www.watermelon.org)
For breakfast, dice up some seeded watermelon; layer with banana slices, apples, oranges or other fruit of your liking. Add some yogurt and granola for a tasty and healthy morning starter.
A fun appetizer is to make watermelon checkers. Cut equal sizes of 1/2 inch thick squares of watermelon and your favorite cheese. Layout like a checkerboard, alternating watermelon and cheese. Cut small circles of the watermelon and cheese to use as checkers. What a fun creative appetizer to serve at any summer outing.
Frosted Watermelon. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out cookie-like shapes from the watermelon. Frost with flavored yogurt and sprinkle with granola. You can also use classic watermelon wedges instead of cookie shapes.
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