Oil-Free, Raw Watermelon Rind and Avocado Salad is a refreshing and flavourful salad bursting with fresh flavour from Watermelon and the creamy texture from avocado. A filling salad that has the mild sweetness from watermelon and raisin, and crunch from pine nuts.
Is Watermelon Rind Edible?
Yes, you read it right. We are using Watermelon Rind. The part which is generally thrown out or discarded. Generally, we all eat the red/pink part and discard the rest. But did you know that the whole watermelon is edible? The green, white, red, and the seeds. Yes, everything.
Recipes with Watermelon Rind
I have been eating used to eating the watermelon rind in different forms since I was a child. My mom used to use the whole watermelon, the white, green, red, and the seeds. I have been eating the veggies made using the rind since I was a child. My mom used to make sabzis ( Vegetable) out of it and I would be sharing both the recipes in a few days so keep watching this space for more.
Here is one such Watermelon Rind sabji which uses the green part of the watermelon, which we generally throw. Most of the time we think this is not edible, but it is and it can be used.
Both of my kids love watermelon and one of the must and the most popular fruit for us during summers. They love it so much that even during the winter months they want it. I avoid buying it during winter as it is best to use seasonal veggies and fruits as much as one can.
Now I have a lot of watermelon rind at home. Instead of discarding this, I thought to put it to good use. So When Anu Kollon, my partner in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge gave me the secret ingredients as Watermelon Rind and Salt I decided to make this raw and oil-free Watermelon Rind and Avocado Salad. And I am all set to go overboard with our watermelon love and make this refreshing watermelon lemonade drink.
This wonderful theme Easy and Tasty Summer Salads was suggested by Kalyani from Sizzling Tastebuds. Thank you Kalyani, I now have one healthy, tasty, and delicious raw salad recipe added to my no cooking recipes. Soon I am going to try her, Colombian Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Mango, which is filling, vegan, and a must in summers.
As you all can guess from the name of the recipe, the main ingredients used in today’s Raw Watermelon rind and Avocado salad is Watermelon and Avocado. I have kept this recipe simple and used minimum ingredients available in our pantry.
The ingredients used are
Watermelon, a rich source of essential nutrients, is 92% water and is low in calories. It is one of the most refreshing and hydrating fruits one can enjoy during the summer months. It helps you keep full for longer and is low in fiber.
I have used the white rind and the red flesh of watermelon in this salad. The white rind is completely edible and can be eaten raw. No cooking is required though some prefer to saute it lightly. I have completely skipped it.
How to remove the watermelon rind?
To take out the white rind, all you do is first remove the red flesh of the watermelon. Then using a peeler or a knife gently remove the green outer skin. All that remains now is the white rind. Now either use a chopper or a knife to chop it finely. It would be good if you can make Julienne from it.
I love avocado for its creaminess. Added to any dish it lifts up the texture. The dish is elevated to the next level. Avocados are high in healthy fats and hence avoided by many. But I would say it is better than eating an avocado instead of eating a sugar-laden biscuit.
Many avoid avocado as they find the taste a bit bland, but combine it with other ingredients and you will love it. I like to incorporate this in my kids diet using this Whole Wheat Chocolate Avocado Muffins, which is white or processed sugar-free. It uses honey and banana as the sweetener and satisfies my kids chocolate cravings.
I love to enjoy this as a treat using this Avocado Chocolate Mousse and this Vegan No Bake Chocolate Avocado Cheese cake. Both of these are again white or processed sugar-free and uses honey and maple syrup as the sweetener.
Yes you can enjoy this in savory form as well as in this Avocado Hummus.
I was thinking of adding some seeds or nuts as toppings on this salad. I like Pine nuts for its crunch and its nutrient content. So added a teaspoon of it. One can add this, or skip it completely or replace it with flax seeds or chia seeds if you like.
Raisins are dried grapes and a natural source of sugar. They are a rich source of iron and Calcium. Though I cannot eat much of this on its own, I like to add this or sprinkle this on top of my salads. One can skip this if required.
Dressing – Lemon Juice, Chaat Masala, Salt
I generally do an oil-free dressing for my salads. I never add oil to it and generally, I like to season it with simple salt, lemon juice, and my chaat masala. Chaat masala again is an optional ingredient here, but it adds a kick and a punch to your salad. It gives you that tongue-tickling sour and a bit of spicy taste from the chaat masala.
It is best to consume salads immediately if you can. However, that is always not true. So if you need to prepare this well ahead of time, mix everything except the salt and Avocado and keep it refrigerated. Add salt and Avocado when you are ready to serve.
Avocado turns black after cutting and hence it is not advisable to store it for a longer duration. Salt will release water from the salads, and hence best to add it later when storing the salad.
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Here goes the recipe of Raw Watermelon Rind and Avocado Salad (Oil-Free)
Raw Watermelon Rind and Avocado Salad (Oil-Free)
- 1 Cup Watermelon Red flesh cut into small pieces
- 1 Cup Watermelon Rind (White part cut into Julienne)
- 1 small Ripe Avocado (½ Cup – When Chopped)
- 10-15 Raisins (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Pine Nuts (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Chaat Masala (or to taste – optional)
- Salt to taste
- Cut the watermelon into large pieces, lengthwise
- Remove the red flesh of the watermelon.
- With a peeler or a knife, remove the outer green rind of the watermelon.
- Chop the white rind finely, preferably into Juliennes.
- Add the chopped watermelon rind, watermelon red flesh, and chopped avocado in wide bowl
- Add Lemon Juice, Chaat Masala and Salt
- Add Pine Nuts
- Add Raisins
- Mix all the ingredients and serve.
- Pine Nuts can be replaced with Flax Seeds.
- Pine Nuts and Raisins are optional.
- Chaat Masala is optional, though it adds to taste.
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