Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Ginger & Lime



We’re in our second week of summer vacation, and after a rigorous boot camp of learning to close the back patio door, I think we may survive with minimal flies buzzing around the house.

I don’t consider myself a summer person. I get hot really easily, and I don’t like the heat. I’m not usually an outdoorsy type, either, and prefer to hang out at home. I’m basically a vampire.

I love watermelon though. Especially when it’s in the form of a watermelon smoothie.

AND. I do love going on day trips to Lake Tahoe, which isn’t too far from our home. And I love wearing flip flops all the time and not having to put socks on my kids. Or pick up socks around the house.

I do like having a bit of color on my skin, too, so I guess I’m not a total vampire. I just wish I could get away with wearing a lot of black in the summer. I like black. But there’s that whole getting hot issue. Sigh.

My youngest daughter turned 5 last week, and since this year was an off year for birthday parties, we had a little party at home. Her biggest party request? To wear make up. I can do make up. All three girls were giddy as I pulled out some eyeshadow, blush, and lip color to put on.

My little guy even glossed himself pretty well. And then he pulled out Steve’s razor and pretended to shave. He kills me.

Since it was hot that day, the birthday girl also wanted to play outside in the sprinklers. So we all put our swimsuits on and went outside, all dolled up, for a glam sprinkler party. (They’ve been watching a lot of Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse on Netflix. Can you tell?)

I ran into the house to whip up one of our favorite summer treats — Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Ginger & Lime. I posted this recipe a long time ago along with a couple of other frozen treats, but I decided it deserved its own post.

I don’t even measure anymore. I just fill my blender pitcher with watermelon up to the 4 cup mark, add a couple handfuls of frozen strawberries, and the juice from half of a lime.

And some chopped ginger. That’s what makes this watermelon smoothie so insanely good. I’m a huge ginger fan, though, so if you aren’t, just use a little or omit it entirely.

And thanks to an impulse purchase at the Michael’s dollar section a few weeks ago, we had little umbrellas in our smoothies. The perfect treat for a glam sprinkler party.

Strawberry-Watermelon Smoothie with Ginger & Lime

Yield: Makes about 1 quart of smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of chopped watermelon
  • 2 cups of frozen strawberries
  • juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh ginger

Directions:

  1. Place the ingredients into the blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend thoroughly until everything is smooth and combined.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve.

Adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine June 2010