Did you know that watermelon rind is edible? Check out the many delicious ways to try it!
It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.
3 WAYS TO EAT WATERMELON RINDSerena and I have been doing this series for almost 3 years and we are still continually having “aha” moments when prepping and cooking food.
Like this moment when I realized that watermelon rinds were edible (beyond pickling.)
I learned all these hacks while watching the National Watermelon Board’s Facebook Live on “How To Use The Whole Watermelon.” (I also learned I’ve been cutting watermelons incorrectly all these years.) Talk about a great way to cut down on food waste, too.
So, I knew that you could pickle watermelon rinds but did you know after peeling/slicing off the hard green skin, you can eat that white rind raw? I had NO IDEA! It tastes a bit like jicama with a watermelon flavor. You can also cook it.
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Here are just a few of the tricks I picked up:
1) Watermelon Rind in Slaws and Salads
Julienne (cut into matchsticks) and toss into your favorite green salads or raw slaws like this Jicama Slaw or Broccoli Carrot Raisin Slaw. I also cut the white rind into cubes and mixed into my Corn Avocado Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette.
2) Watermelon Rind in Stir Frys
I couldn’t believe you could actually cook the rind – in a pan stir-fry style or even roasted! Cooked watermelon rind tastes a bit like summer squash.
3) Pickled Watermelon Rinds
Much like cucumbers, you can easily pickle that white rind. I used Serena’s recipe for Quick Veggie Pickles.
Have you ever eaten watermelon rinds? Did you know you could eat them??