Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Bowl

    35 minutes

    This makes a spectacular side dish for a party. With a little more trouble you can shape the edge of the watermelon bowl into a zig-zag patten.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 1 large watermelon
    • 1 cantaloupe, halved and seeded
    • 1 honeydew melon, halved and seeded
    • 1 kg canned mandarin oranges, drained
    • 1 kg canned pineapple chunks, drained
    • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
    • 2 cups seedless grapes
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
    • 1/4 cup (60g) white sugar
    • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. With a large, sharp knife, remove the top 1/4 section of the watermelon. With a melon baller, scoop flesh from inside of watermelon, removing as many seeds as possible. Leave 1 cm of flesh inside the shell of the watermelon. Scoop cantaloupe and honeydew in the same manner, removing as much flesh as possible and discarding the rinds. Refrigerate fruits separately until ready to assemble.
    2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and continue stirring until sugar has completely dissolved. Add lemon zest and set aside to cool.
    3. To serve, place watermelon balls, cantaloupe, honeydew, oranges, pineapple, strawberries and grapes in a large mixing bowl. Pour syrup over and toss thoroughly. Transfer mixture to watermelon bowl and serve. Set aside any fruit mixture that will not fit. There will be enough fruit to refill the bowl.

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    I doubled the recipe for our annual 4th of July "get together". It was a big hit and didn't last halfway through the day! I did make a few alterations, using seedless watermelons was MUCH easier. The syrup seemed awful thin, so I doubled the suger, but not the water, and it adhered to the fruit much better. It seemed like a TON of filling for the watermelons, but when I finished all the preperations, it all fit just perfectly. I saved the top part of the watermelon and put it back on, using wooden shish-k-bob sticks to hold it closed till we arrived at the park. Great recipe, thanks!!  -  05 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Fun presentation, great combination of fruits, however the lemon zest made it a little too lemony. I would make this next time with just the sugar/water syrup and no lemon zest. Also, make sure the flavors of your fruits are top notch as one bland fruit will taint the whole salad.  -  04 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    What is my mom's recipe doing here? I thought this was how everyone makes a fruit bowl! Only difference: we use ALL fresh fruits (yes- even purchasing the expense pineapple so we can painstakingly cut it up w/ love!). We only make this for special occasions because it is time-consuming but it looks so pretty and rarely is there any left! The "syrup" is what really makes the fruit! Aiming to impress? Try this! All your guests will take notice and I DARE you not to sneak some yourself! Happy Cooking!  -  09 Oct 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)