Watermelon season is in and we buy loads of it ! The kids like to eat it, I like to smoothie it and this time I wanted to try something different so made a watermelon salad. I spiked it with apple cider vinegar and it gave it a zing ! I added the vinegar because I wanted to lower the glycemic index ( GI ) of the watermelon. Watermelon is generally considered high GI, so it’s not really a very good fruit for diabetics. Spike it with vinegar and it is magically transformed into a lower GI fruit due to the effect of the vinegar. Bonus : It tasted great too. The vinegar actually brought out the flavor and enhanced the sweetness of the watermelon. You can use any flavored vinegar or plain vinegar too. I added some mint, green peppers and red onion for flavor. Cumin adds to the flavor and gives it a spicy touch. I topped it off with some feta cheese for protein. This makes it a nicely balanced low GI ‘diabetic friendly’ salad that anyone can eat. Mmmm…. so easy and delish, I have to make some more soon !
Watermelon power !
Watermelon is packed with lycopene that might lower your sunburn risk. It’s almost like eating sunscreen Lycopene is a colorful carotenoid that may reduce the risk of heart disease and a range of cancers, mainly prostate. It is the same Lycopene that offers a Sun Protection Factor because of the high carotenoid content. In order to get the benefit of this you will have to drink one smoothie or eat 2 cups of watermelon/Day ! Apart from lycopene, watermelon is also rich in Vitamins A & C and is packed with hydrating nourishing fluids ! What’s not to love about it !!! To read my post on getting the most out of your watermelon click this link !
Watermelon Salad with Feta Mint & Apple Cider Vinegar
This cool refreshing minty watermelon salad is spiked with apple cider vinegar to lower the glycemic index (GI) making it diabetic friendly !
- 4 cups cubed watermelon
- 1 red onion sliced
- 1 green pepper sliced
- 1/2 cup mint finely chopped
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 ounces feta cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- Carve and cut watermelon in cubes or balls using a melon baller
- Slather 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and olive oil on watermelon chunks
- Add chopped mint, sliced green pepper and thinly sliced onion
- Mix salt and cumin powder together and add to the above mixture
- Let the salad mixture sit in the refrigerator for at-least an hour to let the flavors mingle
- Add crumbled feta cheese just before serving2.2http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/2012/05/23/spicy-watermelon-salad-with-feta-mint-apple-cider-vinegar/