Watermelon Salsa and Caprese Bites

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Since we had our own home grown watermelons, I decided to make Watermelon Salsa. I have been making this recipe for years, so not sure where it first came from.

Watermelon Salsa

  • 2 cups watermelon, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 T chopped onion
  • 2 T water chestnut, chopped
  • 1 to 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 – 1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 T minced garlic

Mix it all together and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.

Ingredient Line up for Watermelon Salsa.

 

Put all the ingredients into a bowl.

Mix and refrigerate for 2 hours and serve.

 

I had a baby watermelon that was not going to get any bigger, so I decided to cut off its top

Scoop it out.

 

and use it for my bowl.

 

Watermelon Salsa

When just serving it in a regular bowl, it amazing how everyone assumes it is a tomato salsa. The balsamic gives the watermelon a deep red color like tomatoes. When taking a bite,  everyone is pleasantly surprise. It is a refreshing with a bit of a kick to it.

The other night at the sunflower dinner a friend made Caprese Salad. It was yummy. There are so many caprese salad inspired appetizers out there in the internet world. They all do the same thing….they may just skewer them differently. I made them for a party last night and everyone loved them.

Caprese Bites

Ingredient Line Up for Caprese Bites

Super Valu has a new cheese section in the deli. They had these mozzarella pearls. I was so excited to see them and knew what I wanted to do with them right away. I also purchased the tomatoes from there since my garden had 1 (ONE)  grape tomato in the whole garden. The basil I got out of my herb garden, but I did see that Super Deli had some in a bag that was locally grown.

You take a large basil leaf and stick a toothpick through one end. Then a tomato and a mozzarella pearl and then through the other end of the basil leaf. At this point you can cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Then right before serving...

Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with black pepper. Done! Caprese Bites.

They are so simple and delicious.

~Relish Food & Life!

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