6/30/10

Watermelon Basket


Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the summer so far (if it is summer where you are!) Our summers are short and sweet here in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York, so I have been enjoying it while it lasts!

Thank you all so much for the great response to my last post, Raw Sprouted Bagels. They hit the spot for me when I am craving something "bready" :)

In today's post, I would like to share with you one of my favorite summertime treats, a watermelon basket. It is the perfect thing to bring to a party, BBQ, or potluck. It is naturally raw, and vegan!

Here are some step-by-step pictures to show you how easy it is to create this lovely basket:)

1.) Pick a melon that has a nice shape, and will sit flat. You can remove a sliver off the bottom to level it if needed.

2.) Make two parallel cuts in the center of the melon about 1 1/2 inches apart, going about halfway down the melon. The melon between the cuts will form the handle of the basket.

3.) Starting on either side of the handle, make a horizontal cut around the melon to the other side of the handle cut.

Be careful not to cut through the handle part. I had a "V" shaped knife, but a straight knife will work as well. You can make a scallop or zig-zag edge, or just leave it straight. If you have a serrated cutter used for pumpkins at Halloween, it works well for watermelon:)

4.) Repeat the cut on the other side of the handle, removing both cut-outs.

5.) Cut the melon around the inside of the handle,

and remove the juicy melon.

6.) Scoop out the melon. I used a large serving spoon.

My mini melon was thin skinned, so I left a little flesh to keep it sturdy. Larger melons can be scraped closer to the green part.

7.) Cut up the removed watermelon and mix it with your favorite fruits. If you follow food combining rules, just use other melons, like cantaloupe or honeydew.

8.) Fill the empty watermelon basket with the fresh fruit mixture. Depending on the amount of other fruit, you should have enough to fill the basket two times. Skewered fruit can be used if you prefer, and looks really pretty. I added some little flag toothpicks, for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday:)


Here is a picture of a straight cut basket:


If you would like a few more ideas for the upcoming weekend, please check out my Fourth of July post from last year,

or my Memorial Day post for more watermelon ideas:)












Thanks so much for stopping by my happy raw kitchen today, and I hope you all have a very happy and safe weekend!

21 comments:

Mindy said...

Really cute. I suppose I've seen similar things before, but I really like your presentation, and I've never seen a photographic demo like this. Thanks!

Pam said...

I love those kinds of baskets..so fresh and yummy! Nice job Angela! Have a wonderful day Sweetie! xoxo

HippieMom said...

Brilliant work on the Watermelon ♥ You are such an artist! Wish you a great 4th of July...I was one time (long ago) in WDC on a 4th of july..It' s an awesome celelebration!!

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

that's sooooooo awesome!! And so easy!

Thanks for sharing!!

Lauren said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I am looooving watermelon! YUM! Have fun!

VeganLisa said...

Beautiful. I love the step-by-step posts. I always learn something new from you.

p.s. I did make your sprouted bagels and will be posting all about it soon. They were a huge hit.

Nelly said...

wow so beautiful!

you never cease to amaze me...

have a beautiful 4th of july long weekend!

<3

Melissa said...

WOW!! Such a beautiful arrangement! Angela you are beyond talented my dear. Have a wonderful weekend:)

Carissa said...

Wow, how beautiful! Great idea!

Noelle said...

Snazy! Nice. I want to try that some day.

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Great watermelon basket. I love how cute it is. =)

kelli said...

gorgeous! i'd be delighted to see something like this at a 4th of july party. you are an artist!

The Raw Butterfly said...

Wow, looks great, I love the way you present your food! xxx

Jackie (Peaces of Earth) said...

So beautiful! I love this idea. :)

Nihacc said...

Wow! What a wonderful idea, and the step-by-step is very useful. Thanks!!

evergreen said...

Thank you for the kind words everyone! xoxo

La Mama Naturale' said...

All of these ideas are fabulous, Angela!!! I really wanted to do the raw flag cake but ran out of time... the hub had to work yesterday :( Boo! I think I might still do it. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great week.

Julia said...

I love the watermelon basket, what a great idea! Now I'm going back to check out the flag cake!

bitt said...

I made one! No jagged edges, just flat. It was fun to do! Posted a pic on my latest post.

HiHoRosie said...

Love it! I've seen these before but never tempted - you make it look so easy that I could even do it. ;) I saw the on bitt made for her sister's baby shower and it looked awesome too! Love the how-to's. So great!

Anonymous said...

You make the watermelon basket look so easy even someone like me could do it. Thank you for the simple, easy instructions, the best I've ever seen.

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