It’s the Fourth of July and there are some things that seem to be staples for your celebration: family, fun, fireworks and watermelon.
Watermelon is a great source of water when you’re in the hot sun and can also help relieve sore muscles because it contains an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain -- not to mention, it’s tasty too.
WZZM 13 Health Reporter Valerie Lego heads to the Fulton Street Farmers Market for some tips on how to pick the freshest watermelon and a new twist on a watermelon salad recipe.
Watermelon, blueberry and basil quinoa salad
- ½ cup quinoa (any variety), rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed
- ½ cup blueberries, fresh
- ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, packed in olive oil
- 1 Tbsp of the sundried tomato olive oil
- 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- 3 Tbsp slivered almonds, lightly toasted
- ¼ cup feta cheese or gruyere cheese, cubed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add in rinsed quinoa and simmer, covered for 15 minutes.
- Fluff quinoa with fork and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, toss the watermelon, blueberries, sundried tomatoes, basil, toasted almonds and cheese.
- Add in the cooled quinoa, sundried tomato olive oil, salt and pepper and toss.
- Serve and enjoy.