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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Watermelon Smoothie - Pink Saturday





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I found myself alone for lunch today and didn't really feel like cooking. I wanted to stay away from sandwiches and thought a smoothie would be filling enough to carry me through the afternoon. I had a large piece of watermelon sitting in the refrigerator and decided to use it as the base for a smoothie. I have, in the past, found the National Watermelon Promotion Board to be a great source of recipes and, sure enough, they had a recipe for a simple smoothie that was just what I was looking for. There are a lot of recipes floating in cyberspace that sound more like milk shakes than smoothies and I really was looking for something lighter and more healthy. I liked the recipe because it uses yogurt as a thickener. It took five minutes to assemble this version of a watermelon smoothie. It was time well-spent. It's a delicious drink when made with ripe watermelon. I look forward to having it again. I think you might enjoy it as well. Here's the recipe.

Watermelon Smoothie...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

Ingredients:
2 cups seeded watermelon chunks
1 cup cracked ice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1-2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in blender container. Blend until smooth. Yield: 2 to 3 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Watermelon, Cucumber and Tomato Salad - One Perfect Bite
Iced Watermelon Drinks - One Perfect Bite
Watermelon, Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Watermelon and Feta Salad - Two Peas and Their Pod
Watermelon Gazpacho - The Perfect Pantry
Strawberry Watermelon Slush - Real Mom Kitchen

This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

72 comments :

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

wht an awesome color mary...simply gorgeous...lovely pics....refreshing to the body n eyes....divine...

Monet said...

I agree..such a stunning shade! And I can only imagine how refreshing a watermelon smoothie must be. I love the use of yogurt AND ginger...what a wonderful tang it must have had.

susan said...

That is my kind of lunch! I don't like sandwiches as a general rule. The ginger sounds like a refreshing addition to the watermelon!

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

Sounds refreshing... I love the idea of having smoothie for lunch, something light and easy to make!

Bella said...

Sounds perfect for summer! And your flowers are gorgeous.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This sounds just my sort of thing when alone, yummy. I looooove watermelon. Diane

Jess--Sugar High said...

Yum, what a nice refreshing way to enjoy watermelon :)

tatabonita said...

Hemm... our Indonesian afternoon weather is hot now. Your smoothie sounds perfect to tackle it :D

Debinhawaii said...

Looks wonderful--I love the pairing with the yogurt and such a pretty pink color too. ;-)

My Little Space said...

Oh Mary, I'm wanting this for sure! So refreshing sweet & delicious. Yumm... Hope you're enjoying your weekend with Bob.
Cheers, Kristy
p/s your grandchildren coming over on next weekend, are they?

Angie's Recipes said...

What a beauty! Love the champagne colour of these smoothie! Awesome!

jelena said...

watermelons are such a great thing...love the amount of calories they have and that they are so goood for the kidneys...

Sage said...

WOW!I bet that tastes wonderful and that would go down really nice.
Rita

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds very refreshing! We're headed into the hottest day of the year so far, I think this would be good!

Anonymous said...

Mary, I want to thank you for your dedication to providing us with wonderful recipes every day. Your blog is a "must see" daily for me & though I haven't tried many of the dishes, I enjoy reading about them. This smoothie is something I'll make when I buy a watermelon for pickles.

Martha in KS

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Your watermelon smoothie sounds delicious, and who could resist such a pretty shade of pink?!

Joanne said...

This sounds so refreshing and filling. I especially love the ginger you've added for flavor!

The Words Crafter said...

My mouth is watering, lol. The only thing I don't have is almond extract, but I have to go to the store later...we have company coming and I could practice and get it right...then serve something out of the ordinary, thanks for the rescue!

From the Kitchen said...

If ever there was a time for a nice, cold smoothie today is it! We are due to have another high of mid-90s. I'm hoping for watermelon at the farmers' market this morning. Have a delicious weekend!

Best,
Bonnie

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Cara mary,
in frigorifero oggi ho giusto-giusto una bel pezzo di cocomero !
Per stasera proverò anch'io a farlo dal momento che sono sola in casa !
Baci e grazie di tutte queste fantastiche e fresche idee che condividi con noi !!!
Buona serata :-))

Tasha said...

Sounds absolutely refreshing! My little one wants watermelon everytime we go to the market, but we can never eat it all- this would be perfect!

Brenda said...

Oh Mary, this drink is gorgeous! How refreshing too on a hot summer day. I like the addition of the yogurt too - healthy! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Hi, Mary: Happy Pink Saturday! This smoothie looks so delicious and refreshing for a hot summer day.

Kim said...

Wow - a watermelon smoothie! It looks gorgeous, Mary. A perfectly pink drink just for you:) I'm wondering what this mixture might taste like as a popsicle?

PeggyR said...

The watermelon smoothie sounds yummy. Happy Pink Saturday..

Jeannie said...

Mmmm...very simple yet delicious and such in such a pretty color! I like:D

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! I actually used to despise watermelon up until last year and I slowly acquired a taste for it. I am bookmarking this recipe now!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Will be making these in approximately 10 minutes!

A Hopeful Heart said...

Sounds very refreshing for a hot summer day.

Thank you for sharing,
Patti

Vegetarian Yogini said...

This kind-to-your kidneys smoothie is a perfect drink for a hot summer afternoon! Thanks for the recipe, will certainly try it! I love those flowers....are they yours?

high low said...

Hi Mary! I'm so happy you stopped by your site because it introduced me to your beautiful site. I love this recipe - especially the use of ginger. Beautiful photography and now that I'm following your site, I will be visiting again and again! Have a wonderful weekend.

bellini valli said...

This is a lovely way to start the morning Mary!!

Maggie said...

Oh so yummy! I love watermelon!

Susi said...

What a fantastic sounding smoothie! I bet my kids would love this and since watermelon is a staple in my fridge during the summer month I will definitely try this one out!

shannon i olson said...

Glad you found my blog and stopped by! Thank you for the lovely comment. The watermelon smoothie sounds delish! I could eat watermelon every day!! It was the only thing I ever craved when I was pregnant...not so easy to get in January in North Dakota!

Atelier de Charo said...

So fresh, perfect for the summer mornings!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Hugs
Charo

Jenn said...

I love smoothies. I use to make them all the time, funny that I never used watermelon. Yours looks wonderful! Perfect for a summer afternoon!

Priya said...

Prefect drink for this hot summer, looks refreshing...

Annie said...

Delicious and very healthy. I'll try it next summer. Have a nice week end.

caren said...

YUM! I love watermelon and this sounds delish! I have always wondered why we don't have watermelon juice, it's so tasty.

Happy Pink Saturday!

The Red Umbrella said...

This looks like a good way to go.
Watermelon wonderland!

Yasmeen said...

Perfect to cool off the summer's heat :D

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Watermelon is my absolute fav summer fruit. Your smoothie looks delish...and the purple flowers...gorgeous!

Carmen

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

All we can say is :YUM"!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!

Regina said...

Yummy and refreshing.
Happy Pink Saturday Mary.
Enjoy a great day.
Regina

Lucie said...

Ginger, almonds and watermelon together sounds like a really intriguing combination. I can just imagine how nice this must be on a hot day!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Beautiful and refreshing! Thanks for the link info too! I just had a smoothie myself - it's that kind of day! Thanks Mary!

kelly said...

You are much better than I. Eating alone just means I get to experiment more! This watermelon smoothie sounds absolutely refreshing!

Ayelet said...

Looks and sounds like perfect idea for a quick light summer lunch!
In the summer we always get a whole watermelon, yesterday morning i made a similar smoothie.. i added Red raspberries , and non fat vanilla yogurt and honey, Yum!

PranisKitchen said...

very refreshing one.. with seeds thats sounds good..

Chef E said...

I like watermelon candy, but not sure about it in many other things, would have to taste it first! I just saw Popsicle with it and that sounded great too!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Mary Sweetie...
Oh Mary, you had me at Watermelon Smoothie. I love it. Sounds so great and so refreshing today. It is going to be another scorcher for sure. I love it when you share you recipes. They are always the BEST. If you have tested it, then I know it is GREAT.

Love the picture of the large floral baskets. Are they petunias? My gosh the color is so vibrant and they are huge in size.

Thank you for sharing sweet friend. I so love it when you do.

Hope you have a beautiful day today.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Velva said...

The watermelon smoothie looks delightful. No doubt refreshing too.

Pacheco Patty said...

Beautiful, great way to use ripe watermelon and I like the yogurt too.
Makes me think I might like to try this recipe with other kinds of melon, of course it wouldn't have the pretty pink color!

Chele said...

Looks very pretty :0)

Brad said...

Per usual, this looks fantastic...should go well the heat we're having here in the Northwest.

Katerina said...

Watermelon, my son loves it. I bet if you made this for him, you would be his favorite person. Great idea for a hot summer day.

Celeste said...

Oooo that looks great! You're such a sweetheart, by the way. Thank you :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oooh, a watermelon smoothie sounds so refreshing, Mary! YUM!

Speaking of ginger, I had lemon and ginger cupcakes today, and they were killer good. I wish I knew that recipe because I truly think they were some of the best ever.

Happy Pink Saturday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Jennifer said...

SO pretty and refreshing for sure!! I love the use of the yogurt!

Chef Dennis said...

now you certainly got my attention with that smoothie....I love watermelon!!! and I just got a new blender..I have yogurt....I think its a plan!
thanks so much for the inspiration!!

livestocreate said...

That shade of pink is so beautiful - I've never seen anything like it! Sounds delicious also - I love the touch of yogurt and can almost taste it...

Maison Mutt said...

Watermelon & Ginger? Whoda thunk it! Did you like the addition of ginger...i'm curious enough to try but still can't imagine the taste.
Licks & Wags, Niki

Pam said...

Too pretty to drink!

What's next said...

Sounds wonderful! I'm not a big fan of sandwiches and that sounds like a wonderful summer lunch!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Beautiful light lunch! Watermelon is my favorite summer treat- thanks for sharing :)

Sophie said...

A stunning watermelon smoothy!!

Looks so refreshing too!

A real treat!

Foodessa said...

Mary...too bad you don't live closer...I would have invited you for lunch any day ;o)

Watermelon is not Hubby's favourite fruit...however, I can have a bath in it LOL

I usually avoid the ice cubes...instead...I rather cut up the fruit in very small chunks...pop it on a tray and into the freezer for 10 min. It cuts down on the watery icey feeling I'm not crazy about.

That recipe looks interesting enough for me to give it a whirl.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

Couture de Papier said...

OMGosh just what I need..I just have to get a blender at Walmart!

pigpigscorner said...

The addition of ginger here is interesting! Sounds very refreshing!

Sophia said...

Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Summertime Sipper Contest! It looks delicious!

Michelle "Picklewart" said...

Oh me oh my... another watermelon recipe just in the nick of time for me to start harvesting all my watermelons!
This truly looks good, and I love the ginger idea in it. That will be nice. I cannot wait to try this!!

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