While watermelon tastes just fine on its own, I was looking for a way to add some zing to the plain fruit. I ran across this recipe in the July 2010 issue of Sunset magazine. You make a simple lime syrup and pour it over diced watermelon.
In case you're wondering, yes, there is more than just watermelon in this salad. I tossed in some leftover blueberries and strawberries that were taking up space, thereby turning a plain watermelon salad into something truly delicious.
This has now become my favorite way to serve watermelon.
Zest one lime, placing the zest into a small saucepan with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Peel the white membrane from the lime, then chop the lime into small pieces, adding them and the juice to the saucepan. Cook over high heat until boiling, them remove from heat and cool slightly.
Place 4 cups of large-dice watermelon into a bowl. Add an extra berries you might have on hand. Pour the lime syrup over the fruit and mix gently. This can be served immediately, or allowed to sit a bit to develop the flavors.
Serves 6 (more or less)