TWO RECIPES TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO WITH STYLE (AND WATERMELON!)

May 1st, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

Summer is definitely my favorite season, but if I had to pick a specific month to be my favorite month, I’d choose May. For me, May spells the beginning of beautiful weather, great food and baseball season in full swing.

Another reason I love May involves one of my favorite dining options: Mexican food! The flavors, the spices and the fresh ingredients all come together to create a something great about 99.9 percent of the time. And on the fifth day of May, better known as Cinco de Mayo, I get to celebrate with gusto the food of our neighbors to the south.

Cinco de Mayo is an important Mexican holiday, to say the least. It’s a day filled with various dishes of tapas (appetizers) and enchiladas, but it’s also a celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

And so, on May 5, we will tip our hats to you, Mexico. Feel free to join the celebration by preparing one (or both) of these watermelon-inspired recipes.

BAJA FISH TACOS WITH WATERMELON GUACAMOLE

INGREDIENTS00
2 medium avocados, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons diced jalapeno pepper
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies, drained
2 1/2 cups diced watermelon, divided
Salt
Cooking spray
1 1/2 pounds cod
Chili powder
12–16 corn tortillas
3–4 cups coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
1/2–1 cup salsa

DIRECTIONS
For guacamole, mash avocados to mix of smooth and chunky in medium bowl. Add lime, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic and chilies, and mix thoroughly. Add 1 1/2 cups diced watermelon and salt (if desired), and toss. Cover and refrigerate to let flavors blend. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place cod on sheet and sprinkle with chili powder and salt. Bake for 12–20 minutes (depending on thickness of fish) or until cooked through. Remove from oven and cut into pieces. Heat tortillas on grill or griddle. Top each with a few pieces of fish, 1/4 cup coleslaw mix, a heaping spoonful of guacamole, a tablespoon of salsa and a few pieces of remaining diced watermelon.

WATERMELON MARGARITA

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 ounces tequila
3/4 ounce Triple Sec
3/4 ounce Midori
2 ounces sour mix
6 ounces cubed, seeded watermelon
8 ounces ice

DIRECTIONS
Blend all ingredients. Serve in 14-ounce glass. Garnish with lime and watermelon wedge.

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FEATURED RECIPE: CINCO DE MAYO WATERMELON SALSA

May 5th, 2009 by The Watermelon Guy

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Most people aren’t really sure what Cinco de Mayo is, except that it’s an opportunity each year to have fun with friends and sample some awesome south-of-the-border-themed food and drinks on the fifth of May. While that may be true, it’s actually a lot more than that. Here’s the official low down, in case you’re interested.

To celebrate the holiday, I’ll be meeting up with some friends later today and I’ve been asked to “bring a dish.” This year, I’m combining my social life and my new blogging life by making something I’m calling “Cinco de Mayo Watermelon Salsa.”

You’d be surprised at how tasty this recipe really is.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that watermelon works like tomatoes in many recipes and, just like tomatoes, watermelon is packed with lycopene, an antioxidant. In fact, it has 40 percent more of the stuff than tomatoes!

If anyone makes this recipe, leave a comment to let me know how you liked it. You can also check out more watermelon salsa recipes here!

CINCO DE MAYO WATERMELON SALSA

INGREDIENTS

2 cups chopped watermelon (seeds removed)
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped seeded jalapenõ chilies
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS: Stir together all ingredients in bowl. Refrigerate, covered at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Stir before serving.

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