Yellow Watermelon Salad. An easy Summer Fruit Salad side dish that’s as refreshing and delicious as it is beautiful.
Rocky Ford Melons
This past Sunday, the melon truck was offering up some smaller seedless yellow-fleshed melons. The samples were sweet, crunchy and delicious so I decided to grab one. But the real superstar of Mumm Farms Melon Truck is always the famous Rocky Ford Cantaloupe. Let’s take a look at some Rocky Ford Melons.
Our delicious mouth-watering Rocky Ford watermelons and cantaloupes have been available in our Farmers’ Markets for a couple of weeks now.
Rocky Ford Cantaloupe is the King of melons here. I remember growing up in Kansas, neighbors would haul home a trunk load coming back from Colorado vacations and pass them out like prize winnings.
They are grown around the little Southeastern Colorado town of Rocky Ford which lies along old Highway 50. It’s in an area called the Arkansas Valley of Colorado which refers to the Arkansas River which starts high in the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, runs through Pueblo, then through Southern Colorado, continuing on through Kansas. Its most famous claim to fame is the canyon it’s chiseled out called The Royal Gorge.
The small town of Rocky Ford hails itself as the “Sweet Melon Capital of the World”. That’s because hot days, cool nights and a relatively high elevation help farmers grow some of the sweetest cantaloupe on the planet And believe me, every single bite is lush and cherished.
You can visit the web site of the Rocky Ford Grower’s Association for more information on our famous fruit.
Did you know that most of the Rocky Mountain Region and the United States receive their melon seeds for planting from here? Rocky Ford melons recently gained international notoriety with Barack Obama’s public endorsement.
Plain and simple, you just haven’t lived until you’re tasted the super sweet juicy Rocky Ford Cantaloupe. The orange meat of these melons is “perfecto”.
Less famous than Rocky Ford Cantaloupe are their beautiful sweet watermelons. I purchase both pink meat and their speciality melons, like this yellow fleshed.
I made a very simple Summer Yellow Watermelon Salad using chopped mint and Hawaiian Pink Sea Salt to balance the sweetness.
Yellow Watermelon Salad Recipe
I hope you give this easy Summer Fruit Salad recipe a try. And I’m hoping you can find Yellow Watermelon at your markets. It makes for a fun presentation. But of course you can use regular watermelon for this recipe.
And if you have a favorite Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe, let me know. I’d love to give it a try.
Easy Yellow Watermelon Salad
- 4 cups watermelon cubed, preferably a yellow variety
- 1 lime, juiced
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- 4 Tablespoons fresh mint torn
- Pink Hawaiian Specialty Salt to taste, or Pink Himalayan
- Peel and cube the watermelon. In a bowl arrange the melon and sprinkle with ime juice salt and pepper. With a large spoon, gently stir the melon. Sprinkle with torn mint leaves and serve immediately.
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Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.