Watermelon Basket Fruit Salad

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Watermelon Basket Fruit Salad

Watermelon Basket Fruit Salad
Number of Servings: 10 or more Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: No cooking required Source: Dairy Council of California
Food Groups: Fruits
Holiday: July 4th
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Meal Type: Breakfast & Brunch, Salads & Dressings
Nutrition Content: Low Fat, Low Sodium, Good Source of Fiber
Origin: American
Special Features: Kids Can Help Make It

An impressive and refreshing picnic delight!


1 large Watermelon (about 15 pounds)
2 Cantaloupe melons
2 Honeydew melons
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup fresh Lime juice
1/4 cup fresh Lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange-flavored Liqueur (optional)
2 teaspoons grated Lime peel
3 cups sliced fresh Strawberries, washed, hulled and halved
2 cups black or red seedless Grapes, washed and halved


1. Lay a dampened dish towel on a counter or table and place melon on top to prevent it from rolling.
2. With a water-soluble marker, draw an outline of a basket onto melon, making sure the handle is at least 1 1/4 inches wide.
3. Using a large, sharp knife, carefully cut melon along marker line.
4. Remove excess rind and set aside. With a melon baller, scoop out all the watermelon flesh and place in a large glass or ceramic bowl; set aside.
5. With a vegetable peeler, even out scalloped edges of watermelon. Cover watermelon basket with clear plastic wrap and set aside.
1. With a melon baller, scoop out flesh from cataloupes and honeydews.
2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, lime juice, lemon juice, orange liquer and lime peel. Stir well.
3. Add all melon balls, strawberries and grapes; toss to combine. Allow fruit to chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
4. Just before serving, transfer fruit salad to watermelon basket.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 315
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 30mg
Carbohydrates: 74g
Protein: 5g
Fiber: 5g
Vitamin A:
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 6

Cook's Notes:

It's important to purchase watermelons that are fully ripe, since they don't continue to ripen once they've been picked. A ripe melon feels heavy for its size and has a sweet, fresh fragrance.

Helpful Tools:
water-soluble marker
melon baller
vegetable peeler