The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Applebee’s® Unveils Wood Fired Grill Salads with Fresh Flavors of Summer + Giveaway! #WoodFired #NationalWatermelonDay
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Applebee’s® Unveils Wood Fired Grill Salads with Fresh Flavors of Summer + Giveaway! #WoodFired #NationalWatermelonDay

I received an Applebee's card to review the Wood Fired Grill Salads. Opinions are 100% my own.


During summer there is nothing better than eating light. I stop making making rich and heavy foods and opt for salads and grilled meats. Because Tom is on a low fat diet, we eat a lot more salads and I incorporate salads into our dinners. It gets tiring though because my salads are good but not creative. Luckily, I was able to try the new Applebee’s® Unveils Wood Fired Grill Salads. Not only did they give me ideas for my own salads but they were delicious!



Starting at $8.99 at participating restaurants, the new Wood Fired Grill Salad lineup includes:
· NEW Southwestern Steak Salad: Hand-Cut Wood Fired USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak paired with chimichurri, pico de gallo, corn and black bean salsa, cheddar, crispy tortilla strips and a creamy house-made cilantro ranch dressing. 
· NEW Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad: Mixed greens, cucumbers, feta, almonds and house-made creamy mint-Greek yogurt dressing. Also available with Spicy Blackened Chicken. 
· NEW Spicy Blackened Grilled Chicken, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad: Mixed greens, pickled in-house red onions, cilantro leaves and house-made champagne vinaigrette. 
· NEW Crispy Chicken ‘N Spicy Cornbread Salad: Mixed greens, made-in-house jalapeno cornbread croutons, grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon and buttermilk dressing.

With National Watermelon Day (August 3rd) coming up, Applebee’s® Wood Fired Grill Salads are the best way to enjoy watermelon in all its glory. We went to Applebee’s® to try the new salads. I tried the new Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp salad but with chicken. I prefer chicken and I loved I could switch out the proteins on these salads. Hubby tried the Southwestern Steak salad.


The Southwestern Steak salad was really delicious. The steak was tender. It was filled with delicious corn and black beans. The chimichurri was flavorful and spicy. And the cilantro dressing pulled it all together. I need to have that cilantro dressing recipe. Hubby loved it and the next time I go, I am ordering it for me so I don't have to steal from him.


The Grilled Watermelon with chicken was so good. The chicken was juicy and moist which is hard to do because chicken breast on the grill can get dry. I love watermelon! The watermelon gave he salad a fresh taste. The mint-Greek yogurt dressing was light and refreshing. The cucumbers and feta brought it all together.


I will definitely be back to try the rest of the salads. These make a great dinner option for anyone in the family. Not only are they more healthful but are perfect for summer. And I excited about the grilled watermelon because it is one of my favorite foods since I was a little girl. When we went camping, we have always had grilled watermelon. It brings me back to my childhood.



Also, from July 20 – August 3 you can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Applebee’s by submitting your favorite salad recipe via Applebee’s Twitter or Instagram using the #WoodFired hashtag or your best #WatermelonSmile (using the fruit to make a smiley face). Enter because you need to go try these salads! So GO ENTER!!! 

And if you want to win a $75 e-gift certificate to Applebee’s® to try the new Wood Fired Salads, then enter below!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

649 comments:

  1. I like to eat my watermelon with Tajin. Patricia

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  2. I like my watermelon seedless!

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  3. I usually like to eat watermelon plain, although I like drinking watermelon juice too.

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  4. I like my watermelon REALLY cold and with a touch of salt on it.

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  5. I like my watermelon seedless, cold and cut into chunks.

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  6. I like my watermelon in chunks or slices by itself. Then again there is always the vodka infused watermelon. LOL!

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  8. I ;like my watermelon with cheddar cheese slices.

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  9. tweeted https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/760171637559799808

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  10. I love chilled sprinkle salt on it

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  11. I love how refreshing watermelon tastes!

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  12. I usually like my watermelon really cold. Now, I want to try it in the grilled salad in the pictures. That looks really good!

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  13. I'm not the big watermelon eater, but Mom and sis typically eat it as is... but never had a chance to try it in a different way or anything.

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  14. I love eating my watermelons cut up in little cubes as snacks :)

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  15. Hiya! :) A tweet for Monday: https://twitter.com/OV_099/status/760179030725267456

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  16. I love watermelon very cold with lots of salt!

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  17. (Emily Ann on rafflecopter) I like my watermelon sliced up and ready to eat as they are! I would definitely try some new recipes though.

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  18. I like cold watermelon the most but grilled watermelon is great too.

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  19. I like my watermelon cubed and eaten as a snack.

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  20. chilled and right off the rind. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  21. I love to have watermelon all by itself with some salt but I love it anyway I can get it too! :)

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  22. I love eating watermelon when it is iced cold and I sprinkle a little salt.

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  23. I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/760218202215477248

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  24. 8/1 tweet -- https://twitter.com/bbdream34/status/760219784982200320

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  25. I like my watermelon just plain. I do like it seedless.

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  26. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/760222774547714048

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  27. I like my watermelon in front of me.

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  28. I like watermelon sliced, sweet and cold.

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  29. Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/Ida_Sessions/status/760224698307272704

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  30. I like my watermelon cold from the fridge! Funny...I have been craving watermelon lately. I bought two last week and have almost finished both of them--no kids, just me and Hubz :)
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  31. Tweet: https://twitter.com/dlhaley17/status/760225274248036352 @dlhaley17

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  32. Tweet:
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  33. I like my watermelon,cold and sliced with salt,,my favoarite fruit

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  34. I like my watermelon sweet and juicy and cut into small chunks so that I can just pop them in my mouth!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  35. Tell me how you like your watermelon!

    first you cut a huge one in have...then i pick which one to eat..ha ha

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  36. https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/760229497085964289

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  37. I just like my watermelon in chunks.

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  38. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/amyorvin/status/760240616257286144

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  39. tweeted https://twitter.com/kraftmaking/status/760242101078458368

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  40. I like to eat cut up watermelon, or to have it in a fruit salad. Never had it on a salad, but sounds delicious!

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  41. I like my watermelon plain - nothing added.
    thank you

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  42. G+1 this post
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/115080239707068685010/posts/99Ee9J7KD6z

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  43. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/760254303764221952

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  44. tweet https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/760255698739474432

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  45. I like my watermelon sliced & diced in a bowl.

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  46. https://twitter.com/Naddez/status/760263871101710337

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  47. I like my watermelon with salt.

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  48. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/760269968491569153

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  49. I like using watermelon in smoothies.

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  50. tweet - https://twitter.com/rusthawk/status/760270532847607808

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  51. I love sliced watermelon with pineapple!

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  52. tweeted 8/1 https://twitter.com/stephcouponsxx/status/760282412198879232

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  53. Watermelon is the best in the summertime with a little salt.

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  54. I like my watermelon cut up with salt. Yum Yum

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  55. I like my watermelon cut into pieces and inside a bowl.

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  56. I like my watermelon straight and icy cold. Sometimes I add a sprinkle of salt.

    Nancy
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  57. Usually I have it blended in a drink with mango and chia seeds.
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  58. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/760359100806934529
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  59. https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/760363728864849921

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  60. I just like to eat watermelon by itself!

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  61. Today's tweet - https://twitter.com/OV_099/status/760407831363194880

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  62. tweeted https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/760408556759756800

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  63. I like my watermelon chilled and cut in triangles.

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  64. tweethttps://twitter.com/kraftmaking/status/760490003612913664

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  65. I like to eat my watermelon just plain with nothing on it. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

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  66. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/flipper211/status/760496352296140800 dwelchert at yahoo dot com

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  67. I like watermelon in salad bowl.

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  68. 8/2 https://twitter.com/stephcouponsxx/status/760540598797500416

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  69. I like my watermelon soaked in vodka! Great for summer parties.
    Jennifer Rote

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  70. tweet - https://twitter.com/wildnmild4u/status/760541818924785664
    Jennifer Rote

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    https://twitter.com/jerseygirl137/status/760547989815386112

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  72. I just eat it after open it.

    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  73. I like it chilled with a little salt.

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  74. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/760584265230913536

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  75. I like my watermelon on someone else's plate.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  76. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/760651698222338048

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  77. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/760652477691670528

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  78. I like sliced watermelon as a snack

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  79. tweet https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/760663506861432832

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  80. I like mine ice cold!

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  81. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/760682605331091456

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  82. I like it cold, mashed in a cup with lime and sugar!

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  83. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/760720079415836672

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  84. https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/760725098005495812

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  85. I like my watermelon cold and sprinkled with salt.

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  86. I like my watermelon really cold and with salt. Thank you!!

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  87. I like my watermelon seedless and super cold!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  88. I like my watermelon at room temp with a light sprinkle of salt.

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  89. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/760804627373813760

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  90. and today's tweet - https://twitter.com/OV_099/status/760806092754518016

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  91. I eat off the rind, right after being cut!

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  92. I would like it cold and with a little salt.

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  93. tweeted https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/760832036001099776

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  94. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/amyorvin/status/760833900826484736

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  95. I like it cubed or balled, chilled in a bowl.

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  96. I like watermelon with a little salt on it.

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  97. I like mine cold and cut into pieces.

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  98. I like my watermelon as is--just cut up or sliced up ready to eat.

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  99. I really do not like watermelon.

    aggiegrad02@gmail.com

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  100. i'm not a huge fan of watermelon but I do enjoy it as a sorbet

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  101. I like my watermelon ice cold and in chunks!

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  102. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/760876788822278145

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  103. I like watermelon ice cold and sliced.

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  104. Plain - just cut it up and serve it cold!

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  105. I like my watermelon seedless and in slices

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  106. I like my watermelon in fruit salad.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  107. https://twitter.com/jerseygirl137/status/760905734401953793

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  108. I like my watermelon cold and picked right from the garden.

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  109. I like the small seedless watermelon cold with a little salt

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  110. I like my watermelon sliced and cold.

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  111. 8/3 tweet
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/760926685134893057

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  112. I love mine in chunks and chilled! Trisha Burgess

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  113. I like watermelon with pinch of salt

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  114. You’ve never quite tasted watermelon until you’ve tasted watermelon kissed with char-grill marks.

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  115. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/760946762232303616

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  116. I love it seedless and icy cold. cheryl

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  117. I usually just eat plain watermelon, but sometimes I do like to sweeten it a bit.

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  118. 8/3 https://twitter.com/stephcouponsxx/status/760979932877058048

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  119. Like to have eat seedless watermelon plain. nathankyle1707@yahoo.com

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  120. I like my watermelon cold with salt.

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  121. 8/3 tweet -- https://twitter.com/bbdream34/status/760989367011799040

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  122. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/760995433757933568

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  123. One cold slice with a spoon. Yum!

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  124. I like my watermelon seedless.

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  125. I like my watermelon fresh from the farmer's market and ice cold!

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  126. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/761025274397888512

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  127. i have only had it plain. I've seen some interesting recipes recently though

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  128. We had it deep fried at a fair once. Different but good! :)

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  129. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/761081587630940160
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  130. https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/761082776321785856

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  131. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/761095665342558208

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  132. I'm lazy so I like to buy it already cut up.

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  133. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/761135785814786048

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  134. and a tweet for today - https://twitter.com/OV_099/status/761138492130721792

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  135. I like mine simple, cold with a sprinkle of salt.

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  136. I like my watermelon cold and seedless if possible

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  137. tweeted https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/761157861904789506

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  138. https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/761170779635580928

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  139. I like fresh watermelon cooled or made into salsa

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  140. I like my watermelon cubed and in a fruit salad.

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  141. I usually like to eat watermelon by itself as a snack or dessert. I love the idea of putting it in a salad though! Yum!

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  142. https://twitter.com/cmoore105/status/761211203582656512 I like my watermellon with salt. I would love to try the cornbread salad

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  143. I like my watermelon chilled and seedless.

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  144. I love watermelon and enjoy it any way I can get it.

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  145. I like to eat watermelon plain and very cold!

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  146. I like my with a little chile powder.

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  147. 8/4 - https://twitter.com/stephcouponsxx/status/761228872344035328

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  148. I like my watermelon in a fruit salad.

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  149. https://twitter.com/jerseygirl137/status/761243357880291328

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  150. I love it seedless and juicy!!!

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  151. I like my watermelon sliced with a diced of salt

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  152. tweeted https://twitter.com/CountryMomB/status/761260416534212608

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  153. I love to eat mine as fresh pressed juice!

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  154. GENA VIGGIANI SAYS: ICE COLD WITH FETA CHEESE AND MINT! YUM!
    GENACHAZ2@GMAIL.COM

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  155. I like my watermelon in my salad! For the fourth I made a chicken salad and tossed in some watermelon and it was a big hit.

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  156. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/761286582741700608

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  157. Sliced with salt!

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  158. I like my watermelon with a sprinkle of salt

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  159. I like my watermelon ice cold.

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  160. I like it cut up into bite size pieces.

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  161. I love watermelon in the summertime!!

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  162. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/761325766625857536

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  163. I'm crazy about watermelon balls. Scooped out, super cool way to eat it!

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  164. We like it. A little salt or cut up with feta cheese.

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  165. I like my watermelon with a little bit of lime and salt.

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  166. https://twitter.com/mykerestrepo/status/761350168587362304

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  167. My tweet -- https://twitter.com/bbdream34/status/761352713275838468 :)

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  168. I am not a fan of watermelon ,but my family likes it just sliced

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  169. I love to eat mine ice cold. with jus a lil bit of sugar on it. im not a salt person.

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  170. i love to eat mine ice cold with a lil dab of sugar :) im not a salt person

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  171. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/761367767102713856

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  172. Tweeted https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/761378696582144000

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  173. TBH, I don't like watermelon 😫

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  174. I like it cut into squares/cubes and cold!

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  175. I like my watermelon plain.

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  176. I like my Watermelon cold with salt on it.

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  177. Daily Tweet-https://twitter.com/tucsongirl80/status/761400726522212352

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  178. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/761447437210746880
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  179. https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/761452562344095744

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  180. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/761508608697896960

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  181. Watermelon-Cilantro Salsa Tropical

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  182. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/amyorvin/status/761559568258330624

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  183. Watermelon is okay, not my favorite fruit. But I don't even want to think about it grilled, though. Does not sound appetizing.

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  184. tweeted https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/761584326051897344

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