Happy National Watermelon Day! August isn’t a big holiday month so celebrating watermelon day to the fullest extent is absolutely a-okay with me. My husband’s birthday also happens to be in August so stay tuned for some golf-themed party ideas as Blakely is adament that we are throwing him a golf party (he’s a golf pro). She’s taking quite nicely to her job as my assistant tablescape director these days. In case you’re not familiar with Blakely, she’s also my 3 year old daughter. Back to watermelon…
This watermelon salad is one of the most refreshing recipes for summer when it’s blazing hot outside, and you just need something cool and delicious. Use a melon baller to create the watermelon balls. You could certainly just use cubed watermelon, but I think the ball-shape is so much prettier for a gorgeous presentation. If you’re hosting a party, prep the watermelon balls in advance and finish each salad with the toppings as you serve them. Or set up a melon ball bar for people to create their own (add in cantaloupe, honeydew – but make sure they’re perfectly ripe – hard honeydew melon is the worst).
We used sea salt and cracked black pepper almonds on our watermelon salad. I love the little extra touch of savory that it gives the sweet watermelon! You could certainly pick your favorite toppings or skip the almonds altogether.
Spice things up with flavored almonds. We love using sea salt and cracked black pepper almonds, found in the salad-topper section.
To create simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan and boil until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
There you have it! I hope you’ll try it, let me know if you do! And if you’re on the hunt for even more watermelon ideas, check out these below…