I think I was around 9 years old when my mom decided she wanted to try gardening. She had always kept up with flowers and things, but we never grew our own food. She chose watermelon and cucumbers and planted them in a bed on the left side of the house.
I don’t think the watermelon turned out very well as I don’t remember eating a ton of it, but I remember the cucumbers. I think there’s even a picture of me holding a cucumber that’s at least 10 inches long. We had A LOT of cucumber salads that summer…
I’ve joined up with the Festive Foodies this week for an event called #FarmersMarketWeek. We’re getting together and sharing recipes with you using fresh produce or other ingredients you’d find at the Farmer’s Market. Our host is Ellen of Family Around the Table.
#FarmersMarketWeek: Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie
- ¼ cup water or coconut water
- 1 cup frozen watermelon*
- 1 mini cucumber cut into quarters
- 1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice
- ½ tablespoon fresh ginger peeled
- Optional: ½ to 1 cup ice
- 1. Combine ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.
- 2. *Note: if you don’t have frozen watermelon, use fresh and add the ice. With frozen watermelon you may or may not need the ice, depending on how thick you like your smoothies.
Last year I started freezing whatever watermelon we did manage to finish each week. I’ve mixed it up in mixed drinks before, but there was one weekend where I was just feeling crappy. It was one of those days where I’d done too much, ate too little and didn’t drink nearly enough water. I knew if I didn’t do something soon, how I was feeling was going to turn into a full-blown migraine and I’d be useless for the rest of the day. I was thinking about what was refreshing and would hydrate me without having to chug a couple of bottles of water, when I remembered the frozen watermelon.
Looking in the fridge I saw that I also had a few mini cucumbers left as well as some fresh ginger. While I didn’t have an upset stomach, I knew the ginger would still help with how I was feeling. Everything got tossed in the blender and I cringed turning it on, but it came together into a thick slushie/smoothie in maybe a minute using my Vitamix.
I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I had maybe two sips of this and had instantly started to feel better. Its sweet from the watermelon with a hint of spice from the ginger and so refreshing. I started having it as a breakfast smoothie it was just so good.
I like to serve my smoothies in fancy glasses, but this combination of flavors would work really well if you decided to add some tequila or rum to it as well. So whether you’re not feeling great or you just want to use up some watermelon and cucumber, this is the perfect recipe for you to try!
Monday #FarmersMarketWeek Recipes
- Banana Nut Muffins by Family Around the Table
- Blueberry Peach Streusel Pie by The Baking Fairy
- Easy Gazpacho Recipe by Everyday Eileen
- Fresh Corn & Tomato Fettuccine by Jolene's Recipe Journal
- Deconstructed Grilled Chicken Fajitas by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Grilled Corn Salad by House of Nash Eats
- Grilled Shrimp and Summer Squash Tacos by Tip Garden
- Hummus Chicken Salad by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Kale Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Kielbasa and Cheddar Mini Omelette Cups by The Freshman Cook
- Mexican Street Corn Salad by Simple and Savory
- Parmesan Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes by Cooking With Carlee
- Potato and Pea Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Ribeye Steaks with Corn Salsa by The Redhead Baker
- Roasted Tomato Salsa by Books n' Cooks
- Slow Cooker Summer Ratatouille Stew by Palatable Pastime
- Sour Cream Peach Pie by Kate's Recipe Box
- Summer Pudding by Caroline's Cooking
- Sweet & Tangy Summer Garden Cucumbers by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie by Cookaholic Wife
- Zucchini Quiche by Karen's Kitchen Stories