FRESH Fun with Watermelon

It wouldn’t be summer without watermelon, but don’t just serve up a slice. Let the kids get creative and make some cool summer treats with everyone’s favorite summer fruit.

Fun shapes can be cut to make salads, fruit skewers and desserts. Also, puree and strain for drinks or leave chunky for ice cream and granita. Whatever you decide to do, it will be cool, delicious and fun for the whole family.

Watermelon-Strawberry Soda

2 cups watermelon
1 cup strawberries
1 lemon, juiced
3 cups lemon-lime soda

In a blender combine watermelon, strawberries and lemon juice. Puree completely and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Stir in soda. Add ice to glasses. Pour drink over ice. Garnish with watermelon skewers.

Watermelon Granita

1 lime, zest and juice
2 cups coarsely chopped watermelon
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup sugar

Finely zest lime; set zest aside. Squeeze lime juice into a blender. Add the watermelon, water and sugar and puree until smooth. Transfer mixture to a square baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until crust forms, about 2 hours. Using a fork, break up crust, scrape well and return to freezer. Freeze 2 hours more, scrape with fork again. When granita is fully frozen and scraped, spoon into dessert bowls. Garnish with lime zest and serve.

No Churn Watermelon Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups pureed watermelon
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups heavy cream

Whisk together the pureed watermelon, sweetened condensed milk and salt in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl whip the cream to stiff peaks. Add half of the whipped cream to the watermelon mixture and whisk to combine. Add the remaining whipped cream and fold to combine until well blended. Pour the mixture into a large loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until solid. At least 4 hours or overnight. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to thaw before serving.

Published 6/19/20

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