Thursday, July 21, 2011

Watermelon Juice with Himalayan Pink Salt

I love watermelon juice- it’s my standard order at the local juice shop I frequent. With Texas producing particularly fine melons and it being the height of the season, I decided to make my own at home.

Watermelon juice really shouldn’t require a recipe, right? Kind of seems self explanatory. Juice a melon, pour into a glass, drink.

If only it were that easy. It took a lot of trial and error to hit upon the right combination but I think I’ve nailed it.

I’ve cracked the code. Or rather, I’ve found the key… limes, that is.

Watermelon Juice with Himalayan Pink Salt

I’m no physicist but I can tell you that the phase shift from fruit to juice changes some property of watermelon and almost renders its distinctive flavor unnoticeable in the resultant liquid. Unless you like bland watermelon juice, heed two very important points: 1) Do not remove the seeds when juicing the melon. Not to worry, any stray bits of seed will be strained out with the pulp. Watermelon juice tastes less watermelony without a little ground up seed in it. As a bonus, you won’t have to do the work of de-seeding the melon. 2) Sometimes fruit, much like vegetables, needs flavor enhancers to bring out its best qualities. Adding a little key lime juice and a tiny amount of natural sweetener did the trick. I think it goes without saying that the salt is imperative but if it does need saying, then feel free to read my argument in favor of salting watermelon.

approximately 5 pounds of watermelon with seeds, cubed
2-4 tablespoons of fresh key lime juice (I used 3 small key limes)
1-2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, to taste
Himalayan pink salt, to garnish

1. Juice the cubed watermelon in a juicer or blender. If you don't have either of those appliances, it can be done in a Cuisinart if you’re patient and careful. I am neither and so I caused sticky watermelon juice to be slung from one end of the kitchen to the other. Avoid this mistake by only processing a small amount of cubed watermelon at a time. DO NOT fill the processing bowl more than 1/3 full.
2. When all of the watermelon has been processed, strain the liquid into a large pitcher (or two, depending on how much juice you wind up with) and add key lime juice and honey or agave nectar, to taste.
3. Fill a glass and sprinkle the juice with freshly ground Himalayan pink salt.
4. Enjoy!

13 comments:

  1. These sounds genius and timely, as we've been in the grips of a heat wave too, like most of North America. Love that colour!

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  2. What a cute photo, Shelley! I love the heart you made. :) I have never added anything to my watermelon agua fresca except for sugar, so the watermelon juice plus your additions sounds delightfully different and refreshing! I hope you have a great weekend! The heat is on again here the past few days. :(

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  3. Very pretty pink color of the drink! Are you refering to black rock salt (which is actually pink in color) by himalayan salt? It is used in Indian street food & beverages a lot ..I love the tang and refreshing flavors of this juice.

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  4. This sounds uber refreshing! I'm so sad, I had a big container of leftover watermelon in the fridge that I kind of forgot about and it turned into gooey fermented slush. I could have totally made this!

    I love making watermelon aqua frescas too, by adding some sparkling lemon water to watermelon juice with a little honey(: I guess it's kind of the same idea as your recipe! (acid + a bit of sweetness= perfect refreshing drink)Never tried it with salt though...silly me (I'm a firm salt believer too)

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  5. Watermelon juice is a wonderful thing. I can't seem to resist adding a little vodka or tequila, so I try to only turn watermelons into juice on weekends! ;) The pink salt garnish sounds fantastic.

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  6. Watermelon is one of my tropical fruits, and this is a great idea this summer.

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  7. This juice sounds delightful. You could make a big pitcher for the party. Kids can enjoy as-is and the adults could spike theirs as an option. Yum!

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  8. Shelley, love the idea of juicing watermelon, looks so refreshing and delicious with a touch of salt.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

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  9. I have never had watermelon juice! What a perfect summer treat to stay cool in this TX heat. I bet the pink salt makes it perfect. Wish I had a glass now! Your photo is fantastic, Shelley!

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  10. oh dang! this looks super refreshing. and i love the super cute photo, lady!! :D

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  11. Great advice, Shelley! I always add a little bit of salt to lime juice, it really kicks up the flavor.

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  12. I had no idea that the taste changes when you make juice out of the melon. Love the salt and lime juice idea!

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  13. Looks so refreshing.
    Like you, I grew up on salted watermelon and even salted oranges so I can never resist sprinkling a bit of salt when I eat either.
    Have you ever tried 'black salt'? It is also pink & also originates from the Himilayas but I don't think it's the same as 'himilayan salt'. It's used in pakistani/indian fruit salads & dips/chutneys and is utterly delicious.

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