So it’s been a little while, I know. I apologize for my lack of posting these past couple of weeks. The weather was finally in full summer force here in Chicago, and I have been galavanting around town, enjoying all the sunshine and warmth!
And speaking of sunshine and summertime, one of my current obsessions for quenching my thirst has been *anything* watermelon!!! Juice, “watermelon water”, smoothies, salads, gelato – you name it! I just can’t get enough of the stuff it seems. It’s so juicy, and refreshing, and the epitome of “fun in the sun” snacking.
For those in the know, I like to shop at Stanley’s Fruits and Vegetables here in the city, and they have consistently had huge bins of watermelons for super cheap prices all summer long. I’ve brought home yellow, black, organic, Michigan, and seedless watermelons over the course of this month, depending on the day and the price.
So in honor of all this watermelon love, I thought I would share with you one of my experiments with watermelon in a smoothie. It wasn’t a total hit in my opinion, but it definitely wasn’t a miss either.
This recipe came from me needing to use up some watermelon juice that my husband and I hadn’t consumed all of just yet. You know those watermelons yield a LOT of liquid! We’d been drinking the juice for two days already, and had just one jar with about 12 ounces left in the fridge.
The watermelon juice was made using the full pulp and rind of an organic watermelon. I always make sure to thoroughly wash and scrub the outside, especially since so many people handle them before I get my hands on it!
So I decided to combine that juice with some dragon fruit that I had bought on sale.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with dragon fruit, it has a texture and a taste that I equate with a cross between a kiwi and an overripe, slightly grainy pear.
I thought it would work well with the watermelon juice, so I just used the two ingredients and nothing else in this smoothie experiment.
Watermelon Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Serves 2 (about 40 ounces)
- Place 12 ounces of watermelon juice in the blender
- Cube and add 2 dragon fruits
Could that get any easier?
The texture of the smoothie wasn’t too pulpy, and overall I found the taste of this one sweet and refreshing, with just a hint of earthiness.
Have a great week!