Watermelon Bowl for Fruit Salad

We eat with all our senses. This includes our eyes. When I am serving fruit salad for a party I like to make a watermelon bowl. It is simple to make and looks extra pretty on a buffet table. I always make my special Fruit Salad Dressing and let the salad rest in a bowl in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. I add it to the watermelon bowl just before serving. I like to refrigerate the watermelon bowl too so it can help keep the salad cold longer.

You can scoop the watermelon out with a metal spoon or if you want to be fancy you can use a melon baller. This little tool helps you scoop out adorable little melon balls that look extra fancy in a fruit salad.

Two recipes that are perfect for a watermelon bowl are Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Jalapeno, Mint and Basil.  This salad is the perfect mix of salty and sweet with lots of crunch and a little heat from the jalapeno. It sounds unusual and it is absolutely delicious.  The other recipe is my Fruit Salad Dressing. You can add any fruit you want, but this simple citrus dressing takes a simple fruit salad to a whole new level.

Watermelon Bowl

1 Watermelon

Sharp paring knife

Large metal spoon

Melon Baller Tool (Optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Wash your watermelon well with soap and water.
  2. Dry and place on a cutting board. Decide what part of the watermelon will be the bottom of your bowl.
  3. Slice a small piece of the rind off the bottom so the bowl can sit flat on the serving table.
  4. Cut a circle or oval off the top of the watermelon.
  5. Scoop out the pink flesh of the watermelon and put it in a bowl. You can do this with a large metal spoon, or if you are extra fancy use a melon baller.
  6. Once all the pink flesh is scooped out, take a sharp paring knife and cut small triangles around to the top edge of the watermelon.
  7. Fill with your favorite fruit salad and serve. If you are not serving immediately, store the watermelon bowl and the fruit salad separately in the refrigerator.

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Fruit Salad Dressing

Does fruit salad need a dressing? Technically no, but this simple dressing will take your fruit salad from good to amazing! It is one of my favorite things to take with a meal to a friend in need. It is simple and delicious. If you prefer not to use refined sugar, I have made it with honey. If you don’t have mint, you can leave it out, but the mint really adds a lot of flavor to this simple dressing.

You can add this dressing to any combination of fruits you prefer. I like to get whatever is in season. The one thing to remember is to not add bananas until just before serving because they will get mushy. Apples, pears and peaches will not brown because the acid in the lemon and lime juice prevents browning. The salad is best if it sits in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving. The mint and dressing penetrate the fruits as it rests in the refrigerator.

Dressing for Fruit Salad

Juice of 1 Lemon

Juice of 1 Lime

2 teaspoons sugar (or honey)

2-3 large sprigs of Fresh Mint

 

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix lemon juice, lime juice and sugar (or honey.) Mix well to dissolve the sugar. Add your cut fruit and stir well. Add mint sprigs and refrigerate salad for at least two hours.

To serve, remove mint sprigs and stir well before serving.