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

Ingredients

  1. ½ cup quinoa (any variety), rinsed
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 2 cups watermelon, cubed
  4. ½ cup blueberries, fresh
  5. ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, packed in olive oil
  6. 1 Tbsp of the sundried tomato olive oil
  7. 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  8. 3 Tbsp slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  9. ¼ cup feta cheese or gruyere cheese, cubed
  10. Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add in rinsed quinoa and simmer, covered for 15 minutes.
  2. Fluff quinoa with fork and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the watermelon, blueberries, sundried tomatoes, basil, toasted almonds and cheese.
  4. Add in the cooled quinoa, sundried tomato olive oil, salt and pepper and toss.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

Source: lovelifeeat.com