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Watermelon Granita

May 22, 2019Beverages, Dessert, Recipes

This easy dessert is a simple take on a summertime staple. Watermelon packs vitamins C and A and lycopene, a potent antioxidant. Whip up this treat for your next summer gathering or when you’re in the mood for something delicious and refreshing.


  • 2 limes
  • 2 tsp. sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. cubed seedless watermelon
  • Mint leaves for garnish, if desired

Makes 4 servings (about 3/4 cup per serving). Per Serving: 70 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 0 mg sodium 15 g sugar, 2 g added sugar.


  1. Using fine grater, scrape outer green part of limes’ skin (the “zest”). In small bowl, combine zest, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 cup of juice from limes. In small saucepan, combine remaining sugar with 1/3 cup water. Bring mixture to boil. When sugar is dissolved, add zest mixture. Remove from heat, stir and cool to room temperature.
  2. In blender or food processor, puree melon to make 3 cups liquid. Place in 9″x 9″ metal pan. Blend in syrup. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer. Freeze until slightly hard, 6-8 hours; stir. Before serving, scrape well with fork and scoop into serving bowls.
  3. Garnish with mint if desired and serve immediately.

Recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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