How To Make a Watermelon Basket

Carving your own watermelon basket couldn’t be easier. In just a few simple steps I’ll show you how to make a watermelon basket in the most delicious way possible!

Because really, has summer actually began if you’re not diving your face into a watermelon basket fruit salad? I know, I’m just THAT extra these days 😂 But hey, looks pretty neat right!?

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So when the heck are you going to make a watermelon basket?

Good question.

The watermelon basket is perfect for any sort of get to together. Sure, a big bowl of fruit salad looks great, but stick it in a watermelon basket and people flock to it. I’m talking BBQs, I’m talking dinner parties and realistically I’m talking any sort of event where there’s also a chocolate fountain. Can you imagine!? 😭

And truly it’s really not that difficult to make a watermelon basket.

Here, lemme show you…

How to make a Watermelon Basket

How to make a Watermelon Basket step by step photos

Tools you’ll need:

  • Sharp knife
  • Melon baller
  • 2 Elastic bands
  • Non-toxic pen (optional)

6 easy steps to carving a Watermelon Basket:

  1. Grab your watermelon, 2 elastic bands and a sharp knife. Wrap one elastic band horizontally through the centre and the other vertically through the centre.
  2. Gently carve an outline approx 1/2″ either side of the top elastic band. This will shape the handle. Gently carve an outline straight along the other elastic band. You can also use a non-toxic pen to do this.
  3. Once happy with the guidelines, slice through and remove the chunk.

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  1. Repeat with the other side, leaving the handle with flesh intact.
  2. Carefully cut through the flesh left underneath the handle. Level out the surface so it’s even if you need to.
  3. Use a melon baller to scoop out all of the flesh and combine with your favourite fruit!

That’s it!

Once you’ve combined your fruit with the watermelon, just chuck it back in the empty watermelon basket and garnish to the high heavens.

Watermelon Basket fruit Salad

Best homemade fruit salad

A fruit salad is one of those recipes that has no real rules or boundaries. For me? I keep it fairly simple, garnish it well and tend to prefer fruit salads without juice. My tips for the best fruit salad are to keep the colours vibrant and steer away from your average everyday fruit.

Here’s what I used:

  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Fig
  • Passion Fruit
  • Mint

And just FYI, it actually holds it’s weight as an actual basket, I’ve tested 😂

watermelon basket fruit salad

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How to make a Watermelon Basket (Full Recipe & Video)

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How To Make a Watermelon Basket
Prep Time
20 mins
 

Carving your own watermelon basket couldn't be easier. In just a few simple steps I'll show you how to make a watermelon basket in the most delicious way possible!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: Watermelon Basket
Servings: 6
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Chris
Ingredients
  • 1 Perfectly ripe Watermelon
  • 1/2 Pineapple, peeled, cored & sliced
  • 2 cups Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 Passion fruit
  • 1 Fig
  • few sprigs of Fresh Mint
Utensils:
  • 1 Melon Baller
  • 2 Elastic bands
  • Sharp Knife
Method
  1. Prep all your fruit ready to go in the fruit salad. Place in the fridge to chill.

  2. Grab your Watermelon and wrap two elastic bands around it, one horizontal and one vertical, both crossing directly in the centre.

  3. Carefully slice approx 1/2" either side of the top elastic band to form the handle. Slice along the middle elastic band and remove both of the chunks.

  4. Slice away the flesh from underneath the handle, then use a melon baller to remove the flesh from the watermelon.

  5. Combine in a bowl with your prepped fruit, pour back into the watermelon and garnish with fresh mint!

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

a) Leftover Watermelon - You won't need to use the two chunks you remove when making the handle, so pop in the fridge ready for your next watermelon craving.

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b) Watermelon Juice - There will be a lot of juice leftover in the watermelon, up to you if you want to combine that (and maybe with other juices) with the fruit. With the same token this process can get quite messy, so make sure you cover your worktop accordingly!

Nutrition Facts
How To Make a Watermelon Basket
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 645mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 49.5g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5.3g 21%
Sugars 38.2g
Protein 3.5g 7%
Vitamin A 92%
Vitamin C 129%
Calcium 5%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For another creative watermelon recipe, check out my Watermelon and Feta Salad!

Watermelon and Feta Salad cubes with mint and fork

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Terre
    May 7, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Super cute!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    June 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    WOW this is such a fun way to serve fruit in summer parties! So creative and fun!

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks, Natalie! So great for summer parties ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    June 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    I love this idea! Thanks for making it so simple!

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 22, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks, Jessica ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites
    June 22, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I’ve seen these before but had no idea how to do it! I need to try this for my kids this summer!

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 22, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Ahh I’m sure they’d love it!!

  • Reply
    Elysia | Haute & Healthy Living
    June 24, 2018 at 12:23 am

    This is awesome!! Such a clever idea!

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 25, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks, Elysia ๐Ÿ™‚

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