A cool sip of Watermelonade with a quick bite of Tofu Salad to face the Summer Heat
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A cool sip of Watermelonade with a quick bite of Tofu Salad to face the Summer Heat

These days it’s impossible to think of a cup of tea at any time of the day, its scorching outside at 8 am! With a long day ahead of me, I wanted something cool and refreshing to start my day.
Previous day's purchase; a huge watermelon was sitting in the fridge, I dint have to think much before I came up with a refreshing concoction of watermelon, sugar and lime called the watermelonade.
It was a perfect drink to start the day, trust me it did beat the heat and gave me the much needed chill. It’s an easy-breezy recipe which takes almost no time to make.

Gauri Shirke

Ingredients

  1. 4 - 5 cups Watermelon de-seeded chunk
  2. lime Juice of on
  3. salt or Black salt Regular as per taste
  4. 3 - 4 tbsps Sugar
  5. 8 - 10 Ice – cubes (optional)
  6. 100 grams Tofu cut into small cubes
  7. 10 - 12 Cherry tomatoes
  8. 1 Carrot grated
  9. 1 cucumber diced
  10. 1 onion finely sliced
  11. 2 tsps Olive oil
  12. Ice lettuce spinach Any other salad leaves of your choice burg , baby etc.
  13. Dressing Orange Vinaigrette
  14. 1 orange Juice of an (one medium )
  15. 2 tsps Olive oil
  16. 1 tsp pepper Freshly ground
  17. 1/2 tsp Paprika
  18. Sal as per taste
  19. 1 tsp Honey Sugar jaggery sweetener / / Liquid any of the options
  20. 1 - 2 tsps Lime Juice (adjust as per taste)

Method

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    Cut the watermelon into wedges, remove the rind, de-seed the watermelon, and cut it into chunk.

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    Put these chunks in the food processor/mixer-grinder, squeeze a juice of one lime (remove the seeds) over it.

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    Add 3/4th tsp of salt and 3-4 tbsp of sugar; whiz it once in the mixer. Serve is fresh with thinly sliced lemon rings and ice. You can strain the juice if you wish, I prefer it just as it is.

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    I had a guilt-free version of the watermelonade, I skipped the sugar completely, the sweetness of the melon was just perfect to curb my sugar cravings!

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    Salads always come to my rescue, not because I usually have most salad ingredients in my fridge but I know I can come up with different flavours to make salads interesting and fun to eat. Here is my recipe on Tofu Salad with Orange Vinaigrette.

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    Remove the tofu from the packet, cut it into small bite size cubes.

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    Take a non-stick or a heavy bottom pan, add olive oil, once the oil is hot add the tofu, add salt to the tofu. Sauté it for 3 minutes till its golden brown of all sides. Remove and set aside to cool.

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    Take a large bowl add to it the grated carrot, sliced onions, diced cucumber and tomatoes.

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    In a small bowl, add the fresh juice of oranges, olive oil, pepper, paprika, salt, lime juice and honey (I used honey). Mix this well with a fork or spoon, check and adjust the seasoning.

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    Add the tofu to the salad bowl and pour the dressing over, mix well. Serve immediately or chilled!

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