Watermelon Basket Fruit Salad

Recipe by TishT
READY IN: 40mins
YIELD: 1 group
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Take a sharp knife and slice a small thin piece off the bottom of your melon.
  • This will allow the finished basket to sit flat on a plate or table without rolling.
  • Next, take the tip of your knife (you can also use your pumpkin decorating tool out if you have one) or garnishing tool and score the watermelon in half, horizontally.
  • Then mark a strip of about 1 1/2- 2" wide that will form the handle of your basket.
  • If you have trouble seeing the score lines, you might want to try using a marker.
  • Next, take your garnishing tool and start cutting around the melon on the lines.
  • The garnishing tool naturally makes V shaped cuts, which makes doing a basket like this a breeze.
  • If you do not have a garnishing tool, use a small knife and make the V cuts one side at a time.
  • You could also forget the V and make straight cuts.
  • To make separating the melon easier, and the finished product neater, turn your garnishing tool over, and go over the cuts in the opposite direction.
  • Carefully separate the cut sides from the body of the watermelon.
  • If you used a marking pen and there are any residual marks left, a handy way to get rid of them is to use a new emory board and gently sand them off.
  • Take a melon baller and hollow out the inside of the watermelom.
  • After removing all the edible parts, take a large spoon and gently scrape out the sides of your"basket".
  • Be care not to scrape too thinly on the handle, as you want it to have some stability, even though you will never try to carry it this way.
  • Mix the watermelon balls (or pieces, if you don't have a melon baller) with other ripe fresh fruits.
  • To make the handle garnish, thinly slice lemons, limes or oranges and use a toothpick to affix them, along with a grape, melon ball or cherry, to the watermelon.
  • Keep any extra fruit in a ziplock back and refill as it goes down!
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