With the approach of Memorial Day, and the lazy days of summer, you need an easy dish to accompany whatever you’re planning on grilling. This dish could serve as appetizer, a side, or a dessert: whatever you need! It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s refreshing, and it’s addictive. Once you’ve had one taste, it’s really, really hard to stop! And, since it’s low in calories, so there’s no need to stop!
The alcohol in the simple syrup cooks out, but the flavor remains. So, if you like mojitos, you’re going to love this! The lime, the mint, and the rum: what a yummy combo they make! And don’t omit the salt. That’s what takes the dish from being just sweet, to super.
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Watermelon Mojito Wedges
1/2 c. rum
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. water
juice of 2 limes
A “personal” size seedless watermelon, cut into wedges
thin slices of lime
chopped mint leaves
To make the syrup:
Bring rum, sugar and water to a boil in a small sauce pan, over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer, and simmer until the liquid has reduced to about a cup. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature, and stir in lime juice.
To marinate the watermelon:
Arrange the watermelon wedges on a platter, and pierce each wedge several times with a fork. Drizzle the wedges with the syrup, and allow the syrup to soak in for a minimum of 1 hr. in the fridge, or overnight, if desired.
To serve the dish:
Just before serving, sprinkle with mint, and kosher salt, and garnish the platter with lime slices. You can serve more kosher salt in a bowl on the side, for those who like it a little saltier.
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