Fruity Colorful Mixed Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Bowl
A mixed fruit salad is a great green, healthy, and nutritional snack to have at any meal or special occasion. This fruit salad finds a home inside a watermelon shell and is the perfect treat for those who love fruit. Enjoy your favorite fruits, like strawberries, kiwi, blackberries, red raspberries, and grapes. There is no end to the options and variety. Cut up a fresh pineapple and add it to the mix. Fruit is always a winner at any event.
Make the perfect sized summer fruit salad by cutting a large or small watermelon across the center. Use a zigzag shape to make the bowl even more creative and if there will be more than one table make a salad for each. Presentation is great and a decorative watermelon bowl with zigzags or a straight cut is wonderful. If you want, adorn it further with berries held in place by toothpicks or designs with cut radishes and carrots. The inside melon, once scooped out, gets the seeds removed and is added to the salad.
If you are not fond of certain fruits and want to replace them with others just use favorite fruits you think everyone will enjoy. Make the bowl steadier by cutting a bit of the rind off the bottom to prevent tipping over and spilling the fruit out. If you like a bit of mix with the salad, add a small carton of flavorful yogurt and mix it in. Add a side of strawberry yogurt on the salad plate for each child so they can dip their fruit into the flavor. This is also a way to get kids to eat fruit at any time, providing a sweet taste with a healthy dip.
- 1 large watermelon
- 2 cups of raspberries, red or black
- 1 cup of blackberries
- 2 cups of seedless grapes, any color
- 1 large can of mandarin oranges
- 2 cups of strawberries, with stem removed and halved
- ½ cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest
- ¼ cup of white sugar or sugar substitute
- 1 large can of pineapple chunks
- 2 Kiwi pealed and sliced and quartered
- Wash and dry the watermelon. Cut the top quarter section away. Get out a very large plastic or glass bowl. Use an ice cream scoop or large baller scoop to scoop the watermelon from the inside. Take the seeds out as you go along and dispose of them. Place the melon balls in the bowl. Stop removing the watermelon there is approximately half an inch of fruit left on the inside wall.
- Put the water and sugar into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture as it comes to a boil. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, add the lemon zest, stir five times, and remove the pan from the heat to cool.
- Add all of the fruits to the bowl holding the watermelon and pour the water mix over them. Toss to mix and put the ingredients into the watermelon bowl to within an inch of the top. Cover and refrigerate any extra fruit mix. If you are not planning to serve the salad yet, put plastic wrap across the top and refrigerate until it is time to dish it up.
- Fruit salads are great for any meal and occasion as long as they remain chilled before serving. To increase stability, trim a bit of the rind off the bottom to make a flat spot.
What an inspirational way to serve this beautiful fruit salad. Instead of cutting sideways, cut the watermelon across the center and scoop the fruit out so that the empty shell becomes the bowl and a great centerpiece at the table. Just imagine the fun of a fruit salad in a watermelon bowl at the next family or company picnic. The chief ingredients include kiwi, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries and of course, chunks of watermelon to add to the flavor. Everything is safely held inside this disposable bowl and its size can be as large or small as you would like.
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