Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Watermelon

Summer and watermelon go hand in hand, and it’s no coincidence that watermelon is ubiquitous at cookouts and other celebrations this time of year.  Watermelon is at its peak in the summer; remember that produce has a higher nutritional value when it’s in season.  This means that summer watermelon are an especially good source of Vitamins B6, A, and C, and the antioxidant lycopene.  Watermelon is also the perfect summer food due to its high water content – one cup of watermelon has a 92% water content, making it the perfect food to stave off dehydration.  Watermelon, like many other Healthy Ingredients, can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.  Here, it’s used as a substitute to its distant food cousin, the tomato.

Grilled Chicken, Boursin, and Watermelon Sandwich

1 9- or 10-inch round herbed focaccia
5 oz. Boursin cheese
3 grilled skinless boneless chicken breast halves, sliced
4 thin slices seedless watermelon
¼ cup sesame seeds
3 oz. baby arugula

1.  Split the focaccia through the center as for a sandwich and spread the Boursin over the cut sides of the bread.
2.  Arrange the chicken over the Boursin on the bottom piece of bread.
3.  Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the watermelon and grill it quickly over hot coals just to warm.
4.  Arrange in an even layer over the chicken and top the watermelon with the arrugula.
5.  Place the top of the bread, Boursin side down, over the arrugula. Cut sandwich into halves or quarters.

Recipe from the National Watermelon Promotion Board


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