So with one of the biggest holidays coming up, all I can think about is what would be an amazing sweet treat to have as a compliment to an amazing Crawfish dinner! Well I had to visit Cocktail Times - now I know that many of you may know of it as a place to go to figure out amazing drinks; however, it is a great source to find meals that you can cook which incorporates alcohol as well. I came upon this Watermelon Hawaiian Salad that looks decadent, easy and really good. It definitely seems easy to prepare and uses coconut rum as well as various tasty fruits and can you beat presentation as you bring this out on a platter or you have them out on a nice sheet of sorts?
Watermelon Hawaiian Pina Salad
Ingredients: (Serves 8 to 12)
1 oz coconut rum
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 small papaya
Juice from 4 fresh limes
3 cups seedless watermelon balls or small squares
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup freshly grated or unsweetened coconut
3 cups low-fat vanilla flavored yogurt
1/3 cup papaya seeds
Place the macadamia nuts in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse them a couple of times just to chop them into large pieces. Then, place them in a non-stick heavy sautŽ pan and toast them over medium heat just until they turn golden, stirring constantly. Remove them to a heatproof dish or bowl and allow them to cool.
Peel and cut the bananas and papaya flesh into small chunks and toss them in the lime juice. Place the banana and the papaya chunks in a large glass bowl with the watermelon, pineapple and coconut. In another bowl mix together the yogurt and the papaya seeds. Pour over the fruit and coconut. Toss to combine. Place in a serving bowl or coconut shells. Sprinkle the toasted macadamia nuts over the top and serve immediately.