This sweet, fluffy concoction is perfect for a sultry summer afternoon. The kids call it a watermelon slushie, which is pretty accurate. Serve it with spoon or a straw.
If you have a huge watermelon and don’t need to feed a crowd, this is a terrific way to use up the fruit before it spoils. And even if you don’t have a bunch of extra watermelon to get rid of, this is a terrific dish.
The traditional recipe for watermelon granita calls for watermelons, lime juice, and sugar. It’s super sweet. Almost painfully so. This version cuts down on the lime juice a little so that the watermelon’s sweetness can really shine. I promise that you won’t miss that extra sugar.
- 6 cups of watermelon chunks (with any extra juice, if you’ve got it)*
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Process the watermelon and lime juice in the blender or a food processor until it’s nice and smooth.
- Freeze in a shallow dish or pan.
- Use a fork to scrape the top of the watermelon mix to create fluffy ice shavings. Work quickly so that it doesn’t melt too much.
- Pop the shaved ice back into the freezer until it’s time to serve.
*The amounts depend on how big your watermelon is. You want a ratio of 1 Tablespoon of lime juice for every three cups of watermelon chunks.