We hope you had the chance yesterday to celebrate National Watermelon Day! We look for any excuse to use watermelon, one of our favorite summer produce, in just about any recipe that you can imagine. This summer catering season, watermelon has made the perfect side dish at the company picnics we have catered, whether it’s sliced up to be the juicy side dish next to our grilled barbecue chicken or the perfect accompaniment to our Root Beer BBQ Pork Slider. At our catered crab feasts, watermelon is the refreshing dessert to cool down from the taste of Old Bay, and serves as a healthy alternative that kids and adults can agree upon. While watermelon is perfect as is, we can’t help but get creative with different watermelon recipes and ideas that would be the perfect way to celebrate National Watermelon Day, or if you’re like us – any day of the year.
1. Cucumber and Watermelon Salad infused with Maple Thyme Vinaigrette Our award winning cucumber and watermelon salad was featured at Governor O’Malley’s sixth annual Buy Local Cookout and in the 2013 Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Buy Local cookbook. We proudly use locally-sourced ingredients in our recipes. This recipe features red and yellow seedless watermelons, cucumbers and fresh thyme.
2. Mixed Mesculin Salad with crystalized ginger, sweet watermelon, crisp jicima, tossed in a citrus vinaigrette. There is no better way to impress your guests then with a salad course that is just as delicious as the entree. This simple, yet sophisticated salad will appeal to your guests, while they are enjoying the wedding party introductions, and the other heartwarming wedding speeches.
3. Strawberry and Kiwi Watermelon Daiquiri We love working with our clients to develop a signature cocktail for their catered wedding receptions. This strawberry and kiwi watermelon daiquiri can be paired with your favorite liquor to make this a refreshing cocktail for your guests to enjoy. This pairing would also go great as a smoothie, as a non-alcoholic option that can be enjoyed at any age.