Who knew that Watermelon was loaded with amazing healing properties? Most of us just indulge in this a few times a year, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day but this fruit aka a vegetable, when consumed has enzymes that work to create amino acids that help the heart and circulation system that help the heart and immune system. This amino acid action works to relax the blood vessels the same way Viagra treats “ED”. Who knew? So this is a great way to relax blood vessels without the side effects.
Another great benefit from these amino acids is that is helps remove the toxins from our bodies. If you can find a watermelon that has deep read qualities this will have the added value of Lycopene that we thought was only found in tomatoes but is also in red grapefruits. Lycopene is an anti-oxidant that helps protect the heart, prostate and skin.
Serrano Peppers are also a powerhouse of healing. Serranos aid in lowering blood pressure and improve circulation and metabolism.
For the Dressing
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
2 Tablespoons Sherry Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Shallots, Diced Fine
1 Serrano Chili Pepper, Fire Roasted and Sliced Thin
1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
Dash Cracked Black Pepper
Whisk together all ingredients and allow let stand for at least 4 hours to combine the flavors. Keep at room temperature.
For the Salad
1 lb Grilled Watermelon, Diced
1 Cup Fresh Arugula
¼ Cup Goat Cheese, Crumbled
2 Stalks Green Onions, Sliced Thin
Fresh Basil, Shredded
Brush watermelon slices with extra virgin olive oil and grill on each side. Dice and combine with arugula, diced green onions and fresh basil. Toss with dressing just prior to serving and add crumbled goat cheese.
This salad is wonderful served with grilled whole trout.