When summer rolls around, the warmer weather gives us a hankering for lighter food. One of our go-to’s? Watermelon. After snacking on this refreshing treat, don’t toss the rinds – keep them for an unexpected, flavorsome spicy watermelon rind recipe.
Instructions ForSpicy Watermelon Rind
1 watermelon, about 7lbs
1 ½ cups white wine vinegar
1 ½ cups water
1 cups sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 jalapeño pepper, halved
1" ginger, peeled, sliced
HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT
Remove flesh of watermelon and use for something else. Peel the rind and cut it into 3/4" pieces. It should yield about 7 cups.
In a stockpot, combine all ingredients except watermelon.
Bring mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
Add watermelon pieces, return to a boil, and lower to a simmer.
Simmer watermelon pieces, stirring occasionally, until all pieces are translucent, about 30 minutes.
Let the pickled watermelon cool at room temperature and then refrigerate, or if canning, process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Tips for Inspiration
Add a summery twist to your salad by topping it with spicy watermelon rind. Try it with arugula, strawberries, a cheese of your choosing and balsamic dressing – great for a side dish, or to eat up all on its own.