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Watermelon with Crushed Pistachios and Dark Chocolate

 

It’s May and the temperature in Dubai is regularly going over 40°C (that’s 104°F for US readers)! At times like this, watermelon makes a delicious hydrating snack or dessert.

 

Slicing your watermelon into wedges is probably the easiest way to eat it, but if you want to make something a bit more special, why not try cutting it into cute little bite-sized shapes. Cookie cutters tend to be too large, but I have found that fondant cutters are exactly the right size.

 

You can dress your watermelon cut-outs by scattering anything on top, but I like pistachios because their green colour is a nice contrast to the dark pink watermelon. And dark chocolate in moderation has many health benefits, including having antioxidant properties.

 

Share your thoughts in the comment section below: What do you like to eat or drink to cool yourself down when the temperature soars?

 

Watermelon with Crushed Pistachios and Dark Chocolate

 

WATERMELON with CRUSHED PISTACHIOS and DARK CHOCOLATE

 

Ingredients: (the quantities in this recipe are only guidelines and you should adjust the amounts according to what seems right to you)

Watermelon (whole or half; seedless watermelon makes for easier cutting) – try to use only as much as will be eaten in one day

4-6 Tbsp pistachios (out of their shells)

20-40g / 0.7-1/4 oz chilled dark chocolate bar (eating chocolate) – refrigerate it for 30 minutes so that it is chilled and easier to chop

 

Directions:

  1. Place your pistachios on a cutting board and roughly chop through them with a sharp knife. The amount of pistachios you use depends on how much watermelon you plan to serve, and should be adjusted according to your taste. Set aside.
  2. Place your chilled dark chocolate on your cutting board and roughly chop it with a sharp knife. The amount of chocolate you use depends on how much watermelon you plan to serve, and should be adjusted according to your taste. Set aside.
  3. Wash and dry the skin of your watermelon.
  4. Cut your watermelon into 2.5cm / 1-inch thick pieces.
  5. Choose a few small fondant/cookie cutters and cut shapes out of the watermelon.
  6. To avoid wastage, any watermelon left over after the cut-outs should be saved and used in a smoothie, juice or salad. Discard the green watermelon rind.
  7. Refrigerate the watermelon and chocolate (separately) until ready to serve. The cut watermelon will start to release liquid after a while, so refrigerate it for a maximum of 24 hours.
  8. To serve, arrange the watermelon cut-outs on a platter and scatter your chopped pistachios and dark chocolate on top.
  9. Eat within 24 hours.

 

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  4 Responses to “Recipe: Watermelon with Crushed Pistachios and Dark Chocolate”

  1. We love watermelon at home during the summer – it is sooo cooling and fresh. Haven’t eaten yet with any dressing but this recipe looks delicious. Will give a try since it has all my fav ingredients and let you know :)

    • Thanks Tasneem! Watermelon is so refreshing in the summer just on its own, but adding crushed nuts and chocolate makes it a bit more of a ‘treat’. I look forward to hearing how you like it :-)

  2. I have to admit that I cannot wait when watermelon season begins in Cyprus, and then it is all about watermelon for several weeks. My usual hot evening snack consist of chilled watermelon and feta, but will try your suggestion. Looks delicious.

    • Thanks Kasia! I agree with you that watermelon is perfect when it the weather starts getting hot. Watermelon and feta is divine – you can’t go wrong with that :-)

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