Watermelon Rind Relish

It’s National Watermelon Month and 4th of July today – a double whammy for all our watermelon eating! It also means there’s going to be a whole lot of watermelon rind getting wasted. Instead of throwing it all away, because hey, there’s still some nutrients in the rind, make relish out of it.

watermelon relish

Photo: Julia/Eating Local & Organic. Watermelon rind relish.


2 quarts of 1” watermelon rind cubes, with green outer skin peeled off

Brine Sauce

1 ½ C cider vinegar

½ C white vinegar

1 C Water

7 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 ¾ to 2 C maple syrup (to taste, less for tangy or more for sweetness)

leftover rind

Leftover rind.

peeled and cut

Peeled and cut.

Combine all the brine sauce ingredients in a 3 Qt saucepan and bring to a boil.

bring brine sauce to a boil

Bring brine sauce to a boil.

Add the watermelon rind and bring to a boil.

add rind and bring to a boil

Add rind and bring to a boil.

Simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool.

simmer for 10 minutes and let cool

Simmer for 10 minutes and let cool.

Store the entire mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.

store in container with brine overnight

Refrigerate overnight.

Next day…

At this point, you could keep it in cubes, wrap with bacon and bake for a nice treat. Or make this delicious watermelon rind relish. Add it to your favorite tuna salad recipe to take it up a notch!

watermelon relish

Watermelon rind relish.

About Julia

Julia is a non-purist who strives to be a purist in the organic, whole foods life. She has two young kids who challenge her at dinner time, and lunch time…and snack time, and breakfast. "Give me some chemicals Mommy!" is what she feels like she hears at these meals. She truly admires the moms out there who freely, and passionately make their food from scratch. Can she be one of them? Probably not, but she tries. Julia is the co-founder of Two Sister Organics, a natural and organic skin care company, and Eating Local & Organic.

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