Minted Watermelon Basket

An eye-catching centerpiece for any brunch, this four-fruit salad features the delicate flavor of mint.

  • prep time 60 min
  • total time 1 hr 15 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 16

Ingredients

1
whole watermelon, about 17 inches long
1
cup green grapes
3
cups cantaloupe balls
1/4
cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
2
tablespoons lemon juice
1/4
cup sugar
1
cup fresh strawberries
Additional fresh mint leaves
  • 1 Using long sharp knife, cut a thin slice from end of watermelon, being careful not to cut into flesh of watermelon. Stand watermelon on cut end. Using a washable marker, mark handle at top of basket by drawing 2 parallel lines that are 2 1/2 inches apart, starting at top of watermelon and drawing lines about 6 inches down each side.
  • 2 Using a sharp knife, cut out a wedge-shaped piece of watermelon from each side, leaving the handle intact. Using a large spoon, gently scoop out watermelon flesh, leaving about 4 inches of flesh at bottom of watermelon.
  • 3 With a small knife or garnishing tool, make “V” or scallop cuts about 2 inches apart on cut sides and handle of watermelon basket.
  • 4 Cut watermelon into 1-inch chunks or use melon ball tool to make balls of watermelon. Measure 3 cups of watermelon and place in large bowl. Refrigerate remaining watermelon for another use.
  • 5 Add grapes and cantaloupe to watermelon in bowl. Gently mix in 1/4 cup mint, the lemon juice and sugar. Refrigerate fruit mixture and watermelon basket separately until ready to use. Just before serving, fill watermelon basket with fruit mixture. Garnish with strawberries and additional mint leaves.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    45
    (
    Calories from Fat
    0),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    0g
    0%
    (Saturated Fat
    0g,
    0%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    0mg
    0%;
    Sodium
    5mg
    5%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    10g
    10%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    9g
    9%
    ),
    Protein
    0g
    0%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    25%;
    Vitamin C
    35%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    0%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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