In my post about Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette I mentioned that ever since the end of last summer I have had an idea for a recipe with watermelon. And now, girls and boys, the time has come for this very lovely Watermelon Fruit Salad with Honey Mint Vinaigrette.
Human bodies have a diurnal pattern of waking and sleeping, eating and eating some more, activity and sluggishness, etc. Our hormones rise and fall in cyclical patterns throughout the day as well. (I am not talking about *those* hormones. We do have other kinds of hormones, you know!)
I could go on ad nauseum about diurnal rhythms (aka circadian rhythm), but I won’t. The reason that I even brought them up is because I think that I have internally programmed watermelon and orange rhythms. I crave watermelon in the summer and oranges in the winter. I do NOT crave them year round.
As a matter of fact, when it comes to watermelon I have a very strong on/off switch. One day in early summer I’ll walk into the grocery store, or Costco (woohoo!), spy the watermelons and suddenly my watermelon switch is thrown into the “ON” position. It’s like one of those giant on/off switches in a Frankenstein movie. “It’s ALIVE”, she shouts maniacally.
That watermelon switch thing is in the “on” position from about mid-June to right around the first of September. Then, bam, off it goes and I do not want anything to do with watermelon until the following June.
My orange switch comes screaming into the “ON” position right around November, stays strong through February and then slowly dims until it blinks out just before the watermelon switch is thrown. I have an apple switch, too. It carries low voltage; I can eat an apple pretty much anytime, but the craving does wane a bit during the summer. Oh, and grapes? They are a steady, straight line on the ‘Terri’s Fruit Cravings’ line graph. Stone fruits? Seasonal. They don’t really make it on the chart.
As you can see from my graph, I am fully invested in watermelon at the moment. In Utah the real watermelon festivities begin with the arrival of Watermelons from Green River in southern Utah, but that’s not until August. My watermelon craving button was set long ago in South Carolina when I was a child. Peak watermelon season in South Carolina is right around the first of July, with the first of the local watermelons beginning in June. Although I have lived in Utah for over 30 years, my watermelon clock is still on South Carolina time.
This is a fun salad, featuring watermelon, of course. The astute observer (snicker) will also see that there are other fruits involved in this salad as well. It’s a bit of an eclectic gathering of honey dew melon, mangoes and blackberries as well as the watermelon.
The Honey Mint Vinaigrette is very complimentary to this salad. I love the diversity of flavors with the honey, lime juice, white wine vinegar and mint all mixed together with the fruit. The mint gives an extra cool factor punch. For the very best flavor, be sure to serve this Watermelon Fruit Salad with Honey Mint Vinaigrette cold.