How To Ward Off Wrinkles: Watermelon Salad Recipe

by How To Mommy on 06.29.11

I love the great information and recipes my favorite Hy-Vee dietitian, Amanda, passes my way.

Check out her newest article on the health benefits of watermelon and her recipe for a Tangy Watermelon Salad.

Ward Off Wrinkles with Watermelon

During the summer, you probably stock up on sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and cover-ups to protect your skin from the sun. But did you know another way to battle the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can be found right in the produce aisle of your supermarket?

As it turns out, watermelon as well as ruby red grapefruit and tomatoes are all rich in lycopene. This powerful antioxidant found in reddish-colored fruits tends to act as a natural sunscreen. It actually protects skin cells from the sun’s burning rays which can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer, and replenishes them.   In addition, lycopene helps your skin act as a natural filter, allowing enough sunlight through for your body to produce vitamin D.

Besides helping to prevent sunburns, lycopene can also help prevent wrinkles. It strengthens the elasticity of skin tissues while keeping them from losing their tension.

To increase lycopene absorption from food, serve it with a bit of oil such as salad dressing or olive oil.   Best picks for lycopene include cooked tomato products such as tomato soup, tomato juice, spaghetti sauce and canned tomato sauce and watermelon, ruby red grapefruit and guava.

Tangy Watermelon Salad

Nutrition facts per serving:  185 calories, 14 g carbs, 5 g protein, 13 g fat, 1 g fiber, 319 mg sodium.
Serves 8


  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3⁄4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint or parsley {basil would be great too!}


  1. Place watermelon cubes in large bowl.
  2. Whisk olive oil, lime juice and vinegar in small bowl and pour over watermelon.
  3. Toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Gently stir in feta and mint or parsley. Serve salad immediately in watermelon wedge shell, if desired.


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 t June 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM

That looks delicious! I am going to have to try that recipe.

Thanks for linking up with us today for the Thursday’s Friends Cafe. I am your newest follower! Happy 4th!


2 Hope Comerford August 11, 2011 at 7:42 PM

This sounds and looks so refreshing and delicious!!!


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