Watermelon, the State Vegetable - ONIE Project

Watermelon, the State Vegetable

Posted by ONIE Project on 08/06/2014

picstitch Nothing says summer for me like watermelon and ONIE was offering tastings of watermelon last weekend.  For us Oklahomans, watermelon is the official state vegetable. If you like factoids, here is another one. A watermelon is one of the few foods that is both a fruit and vegetable. Yes, the watermelon is a superfood. One slice has almost a fifth of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin A and C. It is also packed with water.  A great way to hydrate without drinking sugar-sweetened beverages such as many sodas, sports drinks, iced teas, juice drinks, vitamin waters and energy drinks. I always enjoy a cold slice of watermelon but there are many other ways to enjoy our official state vegetable, the watermelon.  ONIE has three simple and quick recipes for you to try!

Watermelon Salsa

Recipe: Watermelon Salsa    

Servings: 4


2 cups watermelon
1⁄4 cup green onions
1⁄4 cup red onion
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp cilantro
1⁄4 tsp ground cumin


  1. Chop green onion, red onion, and cilantro.
  2. Cut watermelon in to cubes (Do not use the rind).
  3. In a bowl, mix onions, cumin & cilantro along with watermelon.
  4. Add lime juice. Stir.
  5. Serve salsa with chips.

Printable view ONIE Test Kitchen Tip: Add corn, chili peppers, or avocado to change it up.

Watermelon Aqua Fresca

Recipe: Watermelon Agua Fresca

Servings: 4


2 cups watermelon
1 cup water
3 limes, juiced Fresh mint (optional)


  1. Cut watermelon into cubes.
  2. Add watermelon to a blender and blend until a thick liquid.
  3. Pour blended watermelon into a large pitcher.
  4. Add water and lime juice.
  5. Chill and serve!

Printable view



Watermelon Salad

Recipe: Minted Watermelon Salad

Servings: 4


4 cups watermelon
½ cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint, shredded
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp  canola oil
Pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Cut watermelon into cubes
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add watermelon, cucumber, and mint leaves. Mix.
  3. Stir in lime juice.

Printable View ONIE Test Kitchen Tip: This salad goes well with hamburgers or grilled meat.

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