Watermelon Mock-jito

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. Mojito’s are a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. Well….Tim and I don’t drink so, Watermelon Mock-jito. Perfect summer highball for those who do not partake!

Watermelon Mock-jito

It’s been a long time since Tim or I have had a real cocktail…..almost 15 years for Tim and 9 years for me. We by no means regret our choice, but sometimes we would like something other than water or coffee.

Pureed watermelon, with a touch of lime and sugar, (a great way to use left over watermelon) poured over muddled mint leaves and ice. If you don’t know what or how to muddle, check out the kitchn for a great tutorial. Short version….it’s mushed up stuff.

Watermelon Mock-jito

Top the watermelon mixture with sparkling water. My fav is San Pellegrino. When I first quit drinking, this was my go to in the  summer, with a little raspberry lemonade. 

Watermelon Mock-jito

Light carbonation, full of minerals, crisp, and refreshing, if you want to know more about this Italian sparkling water, the folks at Delish have the skinny, just click the link.

Watermelon Mock-jito

Garnish with lime slices, mint leaves, and watermelon if you desire. 

Watermelon Mock-jito a refreshing, sweet, light summer drink that is the answer to a drink, for those who don’t drink.

If Sangria is more your thing check out our Pomegranate Moscato Sangria

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Watermelon Mock-jito

Watermelon Mock-jito

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

3 cups seedless watermelon, cut into chunks

2 limes

2 teaspoons sugar, divided

Fresh mint leaves

Ice

Sparkling water – I used San Pellegrino


Instructions

Place watermelon, juice of 1 lime and 1 teaspoon sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

In the bottom of each glass, muddle 2 mint leaves with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Add ice to each glass.

Pour watermelon puree over ice filling each glass about half full.
Add in watermelon puree, filling about 1/2 full.

Top with sparkling water and garnish with mint, lime and watermelon if desired


Keywords: watermelon, mint, lime, mocktail, mock-jito, summer, drink, easy

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Kale is all the rage right now, and rightly so. It has crazy amounts of vitamins A, K, and C, and it’s packed with calcium. I must admit that I prefer spinach, and in a nutritional match up they are pretty equal. Although, spinach is a better source of iron, magnesium, and fiber. Be sure to buy either of these organic if possible. Leafy greens can be a sponge for any chemicals used in the growing process. Nutrition lesson over……..but look for our new page……coming soon, that will be all you wanted to know about nutrition, but were afraid to ask.

This recipe is hopefully….fingers crossed, just what my friend Michelle was looking for. She had a salad at a restaurant in Chicago and tried to replicate it but, wasn’t happy with the result. Now, Michelle is one of the best cooks I know, so if she couldn’t  come up with it I wasn’t sure I could either. But, I was willing to give it a try.

Michelle described what was in the salad and the ingredients were fairly simple. Kale, cabbage, mint, cilantro, parsley, and a peanut dressing. As I said before, I am not a huge fan of kale, but I tried a baby kale which I found to be a better taste. I will try this again with spinach. The dressing is where Michelle was stuck, so I hope my version…….peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, etc…….see recipe…..is the taste she was looking for.

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad 1

I added grilled chicken that I marinaded in the dressing for flavor, and and topped it with roasted peanuts. Both Tim and I really enjoyed it.

So, I hope my version of Roasted Peanut Kale Salad will be a close match for the restaurant salad……….let me know Michelle!

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Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • Salad
  • 6 cups baby kale
  • 2 cups prepackaged cole slaw mix
  • 1/4 cup each fresh mint, cilantro, parsley chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 to 1 pound chicken tenders ( about 6 tenders)
  • Dressing
  • 3/4 cup Peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 
1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 
1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
  • 
2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions

  1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing to chicken tenders and marinade for 30 minutes (or more).
  3. Combine all ingredients for the salad, except the peanuts and set aside.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding any remaining marinade. Grill chicken tenders over medium high heat until cooked through. Remove from grill and cut into bite size chunks and let cool slightly.
  5. Add chicken and dressing to the kale cabbage mixture. Toss to coat adding dressing as desired.
  6. Plate and serve.
  7. Top with chopped peanuts and serve.

Notes

This recipe serves 2-4.

Keywords: kale, chicken, cole slaw mix, peanuts, salad