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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.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: BBQ, Summer
Servings: 6
Calories: 198kcal
Cost: £2 / $2.50

Equipment

  • Melon Baller
  • 2x Elastic bands
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Large Mixing Bowl & Spatula

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, halved
  • 1 Fig, sliced
  • few sprigs of Fresh Mint

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine all the fruit minus the passionfruit/mint. Place in the fridge to chill.
  • Grab your Watermelon and wrap two elastic bands around it, one horizontal and one vertical, both crossing directly in the centre (see video below for reference)
  • Carefully slice approx 1/2" either side of the top elastic band to form the handle. Slice directly along the middle elastic band and remove both of the chunks.
  • Slice away the flesh from underneath the handle, then use a melon baller to remove the flesh from the watermelon.
  • Combine in a bowl with your prepped fruit, pour back into the watermelon and garnish with fresh mint. Place in the passionfruit halves then serve up and enjoy!

Video

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. Check out my Watermelon Salads post for more inspo!
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!
c) Fruit Salad - Feel free to combine your favourite fruit for the salad! This is just my preferred combo & measurements.
d) Can you make a watermelon basket the day before? - Yep! Just tightly cover in the fridge. It'll last a good 3-5days.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.5g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 1.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 645mg | Fiber: 5.3g | Sugar: 38.2g | Vitamin A: 4600IU | Vitamin C: 106.4mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.4mg