Watermelon Salad Bowl

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Watermelon Salad Bowl is the most delicious way to cool down the summer heat. Mix fresh watermelon, mango, pineapple and other fruit into a bowl of goodness. When you’re cutting up a watermelon, you can use a knife or watermelon scooper. It depends on the size of the watermelon. I prefer the knife because it gives me more control with my hand and since I’m right-handed, the knife is easier for me to use.

How to Make a Watermelon Fruit Basket

  • 01of 06This Watermelon Fruit Basket Is Impressive But SimpleThe Spruce / Leah MaroneyWatermelon fruit bowls are perfect for summer events because they look so beautiful on a barbecue or cookout food spread. They are easy to make and look super impressive!Simply follow these easy step-by-step instructions, fill with your favorite fruit salad or dip recipe and enjoy! You Will Need
    • Ripe watermelon
    • Large sharp knife
    • Razorblade knife or craft knife
    • Optional: Melon-ball toolContinue to 2 of 6 below.
  • 02of 06Make the Bottom Fla With a large sharp knife, cut a very thin slice from either long side of the melon. Making the bottom flat will allow the melon to sit upright without wobbling. It also makes it much easier to cut the edges out of the top of the melon!
  • Cut off the Top
    1. Place the watermelon on it’s cut side. Place the knife about 1 inch to the left of the center and slice the melon completely through. Turning the melon as you cut it if necessary.
    2. Use the melon baller to remove the pulp from the top slice, reserving for fruit salad, then discard the top.
    3. The reserved bottom will become your basket
  • 04of 06Scoop out the Center Use a melon-baller to remove edible watermelon pulp and reserve for fruit salad or other use. you can also carve out the melon with a regular knife or scoop it out with a spoon.  The balled melon looks the nicest in the fruit salad, but you can also cut it into chunks
  • 05of 06Carve the Edge Carve evenly-spaced V-shaped notches around the top edge of the watermelon bowl.  Have them connect to form the zigzag shape at the top. If you are looking to create a round edge, space them farther apart and then round the edges with your sharp knife. 
  • 06of 06Fill Your Bowl
    • Fill the finished bowl with fruit salad or dip.
    • You can use this method on other melons such as cantaloupe, honeydew, Crenshaw melon, etc. Some skin of the melons may be harder to cut than others. Sharp tools and attention to safety are a must to avoid kitchen accidents.​

Watermelon Fruit Bowl

Make this colorful and refreshing Watermelon Bowl with just 2 essential ingredients. Just the thing for Memorial Day, 4th of July, picnics, potlucks, barbecues, and parties.

Suitable for vegan and gluten free diets.

Love watermelon and love fruit? Then you can quickly and easily whip up this colorful Watermelon Fruit bowl.

It is made with just 2 essential ingredients, but there are various add-ins that can elevate this simple dessert. If using fresh fruit, then try and use in-season fruits for the best budget-friendly results.

WATERMELON FRUIT BOWL

This is a delicious Watermelon Bowl fruit salad that the whole family will love. It is great served for the summer, potlucks, a party, birthday parties, bbq, brunch, 4th of July, memorial day, holidays, and more.

This is a refreshing and healthy dessert that packs a ton of flavor and is sure to satisfy.

WHY MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Quick – Prep, and serve this dessert all in under 15 minutes.
  • Easy – Easy for you to make. Easy to eat.
  • Pantry Staple – You probably already have all the ingredients you need!
  • Leftovers – This is great for using up leftover watermelon and other fruit.

INGREDIENT NOTES

  • Watermelon – this recipe calls for a mini watermelon.
  • Fruit – this recipe calls for a selection of fresh fruit. I love adding strawberries and blueberries, but use any fruit you have available. And you can use canned fruit for this recipe too.

HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON FRUIT BOWL

  1. Slice the watermelon in half with a sharp knife, and scoop out the flesh.
  2. Chop up the watermelon flesh that was removed from the rind.
  3. Cut up your fruit and mix with the watermelon pieces.
  4. Put the watermelon and fruit mixture back inside the watermelon rind.
  5. To make the optional dressing, whisk together lemon juice and maple syrup, then combine with the fruit before transferring into the watermelon rind.  

WATERMELON BOWL RECIPE TIPS

  • While the recipe calls for fresh fruit, you can easily use canned fruit instead.https://68d743853ae3db32f444c5e4fee6b097.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
  • I like the fruit just plain, but you can toss with dressing (see above) if desired.
  • You can cut watermelon lengthwise or slice across.
  • To help your fruit bowl sit flat, slice a portion off the bottom to make it level.
  • Feel free to use a melon baller instead of chopping up the watermelon.

DELICIOUS VARIATIONS

  • Vary the fruit – Select the fresh fruit that is in season. You can add in berries, banana, grapes, kiwi, raspberries, citrus fruits, exotic fruit like mangos, pineapple, papaya, etc.
  • Vary the melon – Make this recipe using honeydew, cantaloupe etc.
  • Add a Topping – top your watermelon bowl with nuts, seeds, or a sprinkling of granola.

FAQS

How To Do Watermelon Carving?

To carve a watermelon fruit bowl, simply cut the watermelon in half. Scoop the watermelon out, leaving about an inch thick rind bowl. To make sure your watermelon bowl sits flat, carve a thin slice from the bottom.

Refresh Your Lunch Routine With the Cutest Summer Salad

    

Salads are the comfort food of Summer, and if you’re bored with your usual bowl, mix things up by serving yours in a watermelon. Filled with shredded romaine, cucumbers, sweet yellow peppers, and even sweeter cubed watermelon as well as cherry tomatoes (straight from your garden!), this huge salad is juicy, light, and refreshing and just over 300 calories.

If you’re watching your weight, this salad is especially awesome since its high water content will fill you up, and since each serving offers over 21 grams of protein, you’ll stay satisfied for longer.

Ginger Tofu Watermelon Bowl Salad

NOTES

Since watermelon sizes vary so much, you may have leftover salad, so just fill up the bowl as much as you can and add more once the bowl is empty. Save any leftover watermelon cubes in the fridge, and you can make this watermelon smoothie.

INGREDIENTS

  1. For the tofu:
    1 container extrafirm tofu (14 ounces)
    2 tablespoons tamari
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  2. For the salad:
    1 small watermelon, cut in half with flesh removed and cubed (save 2 cups for the salad, 1 cup for the dressing)
    1 head romaine lettuce, shredded
    1/2 European cucumber, diced
    1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/2 yellow pepper, diced
    2 teaspoons pine nuts
  3. For the dressing:
    1 cup cubed watermelon (reserved as mentioned above)
    2 tablespoons fresh mint
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    Pinch of sea salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare the tofu by pressing the block to remove the excess liquid.
  2. Cut tofu into thin strips and place them in a glass container. Add the tamari, ginger, and garlic. Gently stir to cover every piece of tofu. Cover and place it in the fridge to marinate.
  3. In a blender, puree the reserved 1 cup of watermelon, fresh mint, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt until it’s liquified. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl, stir together the shredded lettuce, diced cucumbers, halved cherry tomatoes, diced yellow pepper, and 2 cups of cubed watermelon.
  5. Fill each watermelon bowl halfway with salad, add some tofu, add more salad, pour on half the dressing, and then add more tofu. Sprinkle with pine nuts and enjoy!

WATERMELON SALAD

Watermelon Salad recipe with a light citrus dressingfresh mint, and topped with crumbled feta cheese. Serve this side dish for picnics, potlucks, and BBQ cookouts in a carved-out watermelon for the salad bowl!

People love this tasty beautiful watermelon recipe. Make it a day ahead for your gathering or adventure, chill it in the fridge the night before for your party, then grab it and go! The savory salty feta is surprisingly yummy with the juicy sweet watermelon

How To Make Watermelon Feta Salad

  • small watermelon washed (or large one on its side)
  • ¼ cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves minced (plus extra for garnish)
  • oranges zest and juice
  • limes the zest and lime juice (or swap in lemon juice and zest)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • a pinch of black pepper to taste
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese optional (8 oz for a larger watermelon)

Step One: Wash the skin of the watermelon in cool water and a splash of vinegar. Dry well with a clean towel.

Step Two: Slice a small portion off the bottom of the watermelon so it sits flat on the counter.

PRO TIP: Cut that little slice off the bottom will help it sit flat and not rollYou can cut your watermelon bowl the long way or upright for a deeper bowl.

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Step Three: Cut the top off, about 2 ” down to form your salad bowl.

Step Four: In a medium bowl, whisk olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, lime zest, and lime juice. Mix in mint (fine ribbons or minced), and crumbled feta cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Optional, serve the feta cheese in a little bowl on the side and let people add their own.

Step Five: Using a small 1″ melon baller, scoop out all the watermelon, into a large bowl, leaving just the watermelon rind as your “bowl”.  Pour any remaining watermelon juice in with the dressing. Then pour the dressing over the watermelon pieces, and toss to combine all ingredients well.

Step Six: Place the watermelon salad into the carved-out watermelon rind to serve, and garnish with more mint sprigs and feta cheese (optional).

Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Swaps and Variations

Watermelon: Either a small or large watermelon will work for this recipe. Cut the watermelon into small cubes or scoop it into small balls.

Feta Cheese: The feta cheese is totally optional but so good.

Fresh Herbs & Greens: Try fresh basil cut into ribbons, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, or arugula tossed in to create a nice bite to the sweetness of the fruit salad.

Vegetables: You can slice and cut in some different fresh garden veggies too like cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, or kalamata olives.

Dressing: Change up the flavor of the sweet fruit dressing entirely and drizzle in some Lemon Vinaigrette with white or red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar for a tart, tangier taste.

Why This Recipe Works

  1. It can be made ahead and nothing needs to be done before a party.
  2. How dang adorable is it served in the watermelon rind bowl? You can also use a large salad bowl, large dish, or large deep serving platter.
  3. No bowl to wash or clean up, and you can toss it after a picnic…or potluck…brilliance!
  4. Your picnic or party will look so festive with this as a centerpiece or on a potluck table.
  5. People love that it is a healthy option…and the feta is of course optional, you can have a little bowl of feta next to the watermelon salad and let people sprinkle it on top if they want some.

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