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Summer is here! And after more than a week of 100°F temperatures, I’m ready to cool down with this watermelon smoothie.
Watermelon in the summer is the perfect fruit! The yellow Orchid watermelons are a particular favorite of mine. The flesh is sweet and juicy, with a wonderful resistant texture that crumbles on your tongue.
It’s been really hot lately, a bit earlier than anticipated for the summer. Rather than cranking the air conditioning, I wanted to stick to cool foods to moderate my temperature.
As I was slicing the giant melon fruit, I thought, “Why not put it in a smoothie?” Being me, I like to play with flavor combinations! So, I added a little bit of jalapeno pepper to add a little heat and a grassy, green pepper flavor. Then some strawberry and raspberry to add color and extra sweetness. There may have been some inspiration from a raspberry jalapeno beer I once had.
In fact, the only thing better than this watermelon smoothie with jalapeno might be the addition of some rum or tequila. Or popsicles. Or some combination of the two. Or more smoothies. Like this coconut smoothie with sweet corn or this mint cucumber smoothie with blueberry.
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Watermelon Smoothie with Jalapeno
A watermelon smoothie with jalapeno, strawberry and raspberry is a cool, refreshing, treat with a kick!
cubed watermelon, seeds and rinds removed
raspberry, fresh or frozen
strawberries, fresh or frozen, stems removed
jalapeno, stems and seeds removed
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
If you don’t have a high speed blender, I recommend that you mince the jalapeno before adding it to the blender to prevent big chunks of jalapeno. I like to taste a little nibble of the jalapeno to see how spicy it is. Sometimes I’ll add a bit more jalapeno if the pepper I have is more mild.
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You could also add 1/2 cup of milk of your choice to give add creaminess to this watermelon smoothie. It will also help take off the heat of the jalapeno. I recommend almond milk or soy milk in this watermelon smoothie. If you’re using frozen fruit, you won’t need any ice for this smoothie. Instead of adding ice, try freezing the watermelon ahead of time!