What makes watermelon taste even better? Putting it with a bit of basil for a tasty watermelon and basil salad!

As the winter months start to fade away and spring approaches, it’s time to start thinking about warmer weather and the foods that go with the season.

Watermelon is one of the staple fruits (and vegetable!) of the upcoming summer and finding new ways to enjoy it is always fun.

During the summer months, especially here in Arizona, you definitely want to make sure you’re hydrated by drinking water.

The great thing about watermelon is that it is 92% water!

Not only that, but it’s also very low in calories.

Plus, it supplies you with several other healthy nutrients, like vitamins C, A, B1, B5, B6, and potassium.

Kicking up the nutrition, is the spinach and basil, which are both low in calories, and are good sources of iron and calcium.

Lastly, pumpkin seeds are also high in fiber, iron and magnesium, as well as antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and protect against many diseases.

Here’s a fantastic and simple recipe to combine the sweetness of watermelon to a summer watermelon and basil salad.

Watermelon and Basil Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 TB pumpkin seeds
  • 1 juice of a lime

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients except the lime juice together. Then, add the lime juice and toss the salad. For an additional source of protein, you can add pieces of chicken or fish.

Let us know if you’ve tried this salad below in comments!

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