Watermelon Rind Salad

February 24, 2020mayurisjikoni
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EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #235 BEST FROM WASTE

Best from Waste:

A much required but hardly ever discussed topic. How can we reduce kitchen waste? Our Grandmothers and Mothers were a frugal lot, hardly ever passing off anything as waste when it comes to kitchen waste. What do we mean by kitchen waste? Its not all the wrappings that come with your food but green waste. Watch any cookery show and you will see chefs peeling away thick layers from a fruit and vegetable and throwing it away, trimming food to make it appear perfect, and in the process wasting food. Have you noticed how a huge chunk is cut off from carrots, cucumbers, beetroots, tomatoes… that’s not called trimming! Trimming means cutting a thin slice off where the stem part is.

 

How can one reduce Kitchen Waste? 

  • Wherever possible use vegetables with the peel. E.g. whenever red carrots are in season in India, I just wash them thoroughly and use them unpeeled as the skin is very thin.
  • Use potatoes with the skin, especially young potatoes for salads or sabjis, cook them with the skin. Make roasted chips or French fries with the skin. Potato skin is so nutritious. I love to use baby potatoes without peeling them when I make my Pesto Roasted Potato Salad.
  • Don’t throw away stems or stalks of coriander. They are the most flavorful part. I tend to add finely chopped coriander stems in my curries, dals and kadhi. I use the leaves more as a garnish. Whenever I prepare coriander chutney, the stems go into it.
  • When I need spinach puree for parathas, curries, pasta sauces etc, I blanch the thick stems too. Not only do you get a larger quantity of the puree as you’ve included the stalks but its less kitchen waste.
  • Recently I came across a recipe by Shobha where she used cauliflower stalks to prepare a lip smacking Stir Fried Cauliflower Stalks. How innovative is that?
  • Make chutneys or dips from the peels. My grandmother would never allow us to throw away cucumber peel. It had to be turned into a flavorful chutney. Archana, who has suggested the theme this week uses ridge gourd peels to make a chutney. Priya Satheesh has an awesome collection of chutneys and I really never knew that bottle gourd (doodhi) peel can be used to make a chutney
  • These days greens from beetroots, carrots are used to make soups and salads. 
  • Do not remove tomato skin when making sauce or puree.
  • Lata a fellow blogger, uses onion peel to make an unusual but very colorful Onion Peel Tea. Go on I know curiosity has got the better of you. Go on click on the link and check it out.
  • If any part of the vegetable or fruit cannot be consumed then turn it into compost.

Options are endless, one just has to put on the thinking cap.

 

What Innovative way did my fellow bloggers use kitchen waste?

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What did I use for this theme?

I decided to experiment with watermelon rind. The idea came when I had come across Mireille’s recipe using the white rind to cook up a delish looking Watermelon Kheer. The idea of using watermelon was stuck in my head ever since. This week’s theme gave the opportunity to put that idea into action. Hubby and I didn’t want anything sweet so came up with the idea of using the white rind along with other ingredients to create a healthy, nutritious and refreshing salad. 

 

FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group

FoodieMonday is a group of 12 enthusiastic food blogger who prepare a dish for every Monday based on a chosen theme. This group allows each one of us to come out from our comfort zone to explore new cuisines and new dishes according to the themes suggested.

How does Watermelon Rind taste?

A small chopped piece of watermelon rind was sampled first to see if its chewable. And voilà, a healthy salad was born. Yes, before we forget about the taste..white rind of watermelon is tasteless. It is believed that the white part has a high content of citrulline. Its an amino acid naturally present in the rind which not only helps in protein building in our body but also opens ups veins and arteries for good blood flow and reduces blood pressure. And don’t forget that its high in dietary fibre.

 

Watermelon Rind Salad

While we all love the nice juicy and sweet red part of the watermelon, not much attention is paid to the white part. There was a time when I use to remove the white part and the seeds too when making watermelon juice at home. No more… they both provide the vital dietary fibre which we need for good digestion and healthy bowel system. The idea of salad came about when I had read in an inflight magazine that watermelon rind is used not only for making candy (cook it in sugar syrup) but also to make coleslaw.  . To acquire the balance of taste, I used a few red watermelon pieces along with cucumber, carrot and tomato. Served with Watermelon Zaatar Dressing… its an awesome salad. Leftover white rind is in the fridge so that I can make the salad again. 

 

Hubby’s Reaction:

I served the salad without telling him what I had put in it. After a few spoonfuls he picks up a small piece of the rind and asked,” What vegetable is this?” Me: ” It’s the white part of the watermelon.” Hubby was left speechless!

 

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Satvik
  • Healthy 

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WATERMELON RIND SALAD

Serves 2

1 cup finely chopped watermelon rind (peel the green part using a peeler)

½ cup finely chopped watermelon along with the seeds (red part)

¼ cup finely chopped cucumber (leave the peel if its not tough)

½ cup finely chopped carrot (leave the peel if its tender)

½ cup finely chopped tomato

¼ cup pine nuts or nuts of your choice

8-10 fresh mint leaves, chopped

Dressing of your choice

  1. Mix all the ingredients and serve with your favorite dressing.

 

Tips:

  • If you feel that the chopped rind might be difficult to chew then grate it.
  • Add vegetables of your choice, I added what I had at home.
  • Serve with a dressing of your choice or simply add salt, pepper and drizzle some lemon juice. 
  • I will  henceforth be using watermelon rind to add in theplas, make  chutney and have to try out a curry.
  • The proportions used is just a rough guideline. Use whichever ingredients you like in a less or more proportion.

 

Pin for later:

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A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

 

 

34 Comments

  • Priya Satheesh

    February 25, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Looks delicious and colourful. So sweet of you to mention about my chutney series. Thank you so much ☺️

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 26, 2020 at 12:31 am

      Most welcome Priya and thanks.

  • shobhakeshwani

    February 25, 2020 at 2:29 am

    Lovely salad with the rind of watermelon which is not so sweet and we usually dislike it. Thanks for the mention of my cauliflower stalk sabzi and the tag Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 26, 2020 at 12:30 am

      You’re welcome Shobha, and please do try out the salad.Addition of red part of the melon makes it taste good.

  • The Girl Next Door

    February 25, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Such a brilliant way to use watermelon rind, Mayuri ji! We don’t buy watermelon often, but now I’m tempted to, just to try out this salad. Love the sound of it. It looks so flavourful and inviting too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 26, 2020 at 12:29 am

      Thank you so much Priya.

      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        March 2, 2020 at 1:54 pm

        Watermelon rind salad looks so colorful healthy refreshing and delicious. Heard about watermelon rind curry but you beautifully used it in salad. Loved the idea to use watermelon rind in a healthy way. I will surely try it in summer when watermelon will available.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        March 2, 2020 at 3:50 pm

        Thank you so much Sujata. Though it has no taste, its a good way to get the full health benefit of the rind.

  • poonampagar

    February 25, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Making a healthy salad using discarded watermelon rind is simply brilliant ! The salad looks so colorful and refreshing !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 26, 2020 at 12:29 am

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • ARCHANA

    February 25, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Awesome!!!! I love the salad especially with the white of watermelon. Now, since sweet preserve is not appreciated I must try this and teh coleslaw you suggested. Thanks a million.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 26, 2020 at 12:29 am

      Thanks Archana and you’re welcome.

  • namscorner18

    February 26, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Such a colorful and healthy salad from watermelon rind. During the summer season when we get plenty of watermelons I am surely going to try this salad.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 26, 2020 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you Narmadha, please do try it.. its delicious and refreshing too.

  • hem lata srivastava

    February 27, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Superb so colour full healthy and seasonal salad love it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 29, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata.

  • hem lata srivastava

    February 27, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Such a healthy and colourful bowl love it

  • Swati

    February 27, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Salad with Watermelon rind is a wonderful idea. I have tried making tutti frutti using the rind. salad looks so inviting and very refreshing .. would love to have with sweet and tangy lemon dressing

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 27, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks Swati. That’s a good idea to use the rind to make tutti fruitti as that is one thing I don’t get in Mombasa.

  • hem lata srivastava

    February 27, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    It looks so good colour full healthy and delicious too

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 27, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata.

  • Superduperkitchen -Niranjana Sankaranarayanan

    February 28, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Salad with watermelon rind looks interesting. I usually make chutney with watermelon rind. This is another way to use the healthy part instead of throwing it away.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 28, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks Niranjana, and I would love to try the chutney.

  • Jolly

    February 28, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Making a healthy and colourful salad from waste is simply a brilliant idea! Ditto I did with potatoes and coriander roots. The salad looks so inviting and very refreshing. Will try this salad this summer for sure. Bookmarked!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 28, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly, try it as watermelon rind though tasteless, its healthy.

  • amrita

    February 28, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Best out of waste is a wonderful theme …you have beautifully used watermelon rind as a part of salad…now watermelon is in season so I must try it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 28, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you so much. Please do try it Amrita.Its refreshing.

  • preethi76

    March 1, 2020 at 8:40 am

    I have made rasam with watermelon rind . Your idea of using it in salad sounds a good. Would love to to try this salad sometime. So many ideas to reduce food waste. Wish everyone realises it soon .Lovely clicks too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 1, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi and I would love to try the rasam recipe.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    March 1, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    You got me at Onion Peel tea, there Mayuri – am sure to check that out ! this salad made with the rind of watermelon screams summer to me.. I cant wait to get the fruit home to try this out.. I love salads with watermelon and this am sure , would taste AMA-ZING !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 1, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani, a good way to enjoy the health benefits of the rind.

    2. mayurisjikoni

      March 1, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani. Enjoy the health benefits of raw watermelon rind.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    March 4, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Salad season is coming along with watermelon time ;P The sue of watermelon rinds in salad sound super awesome. Will surely try as the fresh watermelon’ll start to available in my locality….

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 4, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Sasmita. Hope you enjoy the salad.

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