Watermelon juice is a refreshing summer cooler made just using 2 ingredients, watermelon, and black salt (or lime juice), and in under a minute. It’s healthy, delicious, and super easy to make. Here is how to make it.
About This Recipe
I like to start my mornings with a tall glass of juice made using fresh fruits and veggies and this delicious and refreshing watermelon juice is my current favorite. Now with watermelons available almost round the year, I have this juice for breakfast on most days along with this yummy watermelon smoothie that I just started making.
While eating fruits as-is is the best way to consume them, I feel that I end up eating very little of them. By juicing the fruits, although a few fibers get lost, I still get my share of vitamins and minerals right at the beginning of the day, and it’s much healthier than drinking sugar-loaded drinks.
Making this easy watermelon juice at home is super simple. All you have to do is chop the watermelon and blend it. No need for any fancy high-speed blender, your regular one will work perfectly fine.
I like to flavor it with a bit of black salt, you can use lime juice too! To save time, you can buy already chopped watermelon, and then your juice will be ready in just a minute.
Check out the detailed video recipe to make this juice on my youtube channel.
Health Benefits Of Watermelon Juice
Now that you are convinced about the super easy process of making this juice, let me make you a fan by telling you about the multiple benefits this juice has.
Hydration is the key! Watermelon is almost 90% water and it keeps you well hydrated. It also helps to burn calories as it is rich in amino acids, making it great for weight loss.
This juice is full of good electrolytes and thus helps prevent heatstroke and also cools your body down.
It also contains loads of fiber, which encourages a healthy digestive system.
Watermelon is full of antioxidants and Vitamin C, which helps your skin glow. It also has Vitamin A that encourages the growth of collagen, resulting in young and supple skin.
Watermelon has lycopene which gives it a beautiful red color. This lycopene helps in promoting good cardiovascular health and also controls the risk of other diseases. You must also know that watermelon has more lycopene as compared to tomatoes.
It is also high in potassium, which helps you recover when you drink it after an exercise or workout.
This juice just needs 2 ingredients – Watermelon and Black Salt. That’s it!
Ever heard of the black salt and watermelon combination? It is a game-changer guys. The earthy flavor of black salt elevates the sweetness of watermelon like no other ingredient. Try this combination once and I can promise you will be hooked.
You can also add mint leaves, chopped ginger, or lime juice while making the juice. These ingredients not only change the tastes slightly but have their own health benefits.
You can also add other fruits and berries like strawberry, raspberry, etc along with watermelon.
How To Make Watermelon Juice
Keep a seedless watermelon in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours so that it is nicely chilled. However, if you forgot to chill it, you can always chill the ready juice later.
I used a small size watermelon, roughly 4 pounds but you can juice as much as you want.
Wash the watermelon and cut it into cubes.
Add the cubes to a blender. Don’t worry about the seeds if there are any.
Blend for 10-12 seconds. Do not over blend otherwise the seeds (if there are any) will also blend along with the pulp
The watermelon that I used had a lot of seeds and hence I passed the juice through a fine-mesh strainer to get rid of them. If you are using seedless watermelon and ok with some pulp coming in your mouth, you can skip this process.
Press with the back of a ladle to get as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
Add black salt and mix well. Adding black salt is optional but it gives a delicious flavor to this juice so highly recommended.
Pour the juice into glasses and serve. You can also refrigerate it for a few hours if the watermelon was not chilled earlier. Adding a few ice cubes to the juice also works.
Pro Tips By Neha
Choose the best watermelon that you can. Your juice will be as good as your watermelon.
Cut the watermelon beforehand and store it in the fridge for an hour or two. When you blend it, you get a refreshing chilled drink that will give you instant relief from the heat.
If the watermelon is not sweet enough, you can add sweeteners like sugar, agave, or maple syrup.
If the juice separates as it sits, just stir it using a spoon.
You can also add some lime juice, ginger, and mint while blending for a refreshing taste.
Add other fruits like cantaloupe, honeydew, or mangoes along with watermelon for a variation.
If you are using seedless watermelon and ok with some of the pulp coming in your mouth, then you can skip straining the juice.
Add some coconut water to the juice to increase its nutritional benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Choose a ripe, juicy, and seedless watermelon. Here are a few pointers for choosing the best ripe watermelon.
1. The ripe watermelon should feel heavy for its size.
2. Watermelon develops a splotch where they rest on the ground. When this splotch is creamy yellow, it’s ripe.
3. Tap the underbelly of the watermelon. A ripe one will have a deep hollow sound while the under-ripe or over-ripe melons will sound dull.
Cut the upper and lower ends of the watermelon. Then cut it from the center. Once done, take one-half of the watermelon, lay it on the cutting board (flesh part down towards the board), and start peeling the rind with the knife. No white part should be remaining on the cut watermelon. Remove the rind completely. Once the peeling is done, you can cut it in whatever shape and size you desire.
Uncut watermelon can be kept at room temperature for 7-8 days.
Cubed watermelon will stay good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months. The frozen watermelon once thawed is not great to eat on its own but it is good for juicing.
Yes, you can serve it to kids and toddlers. But as it has high water content, it is not filling and can make the kids hungry faster.
Don’t have a blender, don’t worry you can still make this juice. Just chop the watermelon into big pieces and grate it using a hand grater. As it has a lot of water content, you will get a lot of juice once you grate it. Once done, you can drink the juice with a little pulp or can strain it using a strainer.
Slow juicer retains more nutrients as compared to the blender as they do not heat up while juicing. So if you have one, use it to juice the watermelon.
Yes, you can drink this juice every day. It has many health benefits and drinking it on a regular basis will improve your health.
Yes, there could be some disadvantages if this juice is taken in large quantities.
1. It could induce diarrhea and other stomach-related problems.
2. It can increase glucose levels, so if you are a diabetic, be careful.
3. It can also cause cardiovascular problems.
Yes, you can! It is actually really good to drink it on an empty stomach if you are having acidity. It helps to soothe it down and will make you feel better.
You can serve watermelon juice for breakfast or serve it as a refreshing snack on a hot day in the summer.
Make sure to serve it chilled though. To make sure the juice is chilled as soon as I make it, I refrigerate the watermelon for a few hours before juicing. If you have forgotten to do that, you can either refrigerate the ready juice for some time or add a few ice cubes to it.
You can also freeze it in popsicle molds and make it fun for the kids.
It can also be used as a flavorful and colorful surprise in sparkling water or tonic water.
Add a few splashes of gin, vodka, or rum for an adult version.
I will always recommend you to make it fresh because it’s very easy and hardly takes any time. But if you do have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container for about 2 days in the fridge.
You can also freeze it in a freezer-safe container or a ziplock freezer bag for about a month. Thaw and serve.
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Watermelon Juice Recipe
- 2 pound peeled and cubed watermelon (1 kg, preferably chilled)
- 1 teaspoon black salt (or lime juice)
- Add the watermelon cubes to a blender.
- Blend for 10-12 seconds. Do not over blend otherwise the seeds (if there are any) will also blend along with the pulp.
- If your blender is not powerful, then start with a few cubes and keep adding more.
- Pass the juice through a fine-mesh strainer if it is too pulpy or has lots of seeds. Press with the back of a ladle to get as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
- Add black salt or lime juice to the juice and stir well.
- Pour into glasses, add a few ice cubes and serve chilled.