With a little bit of time and creativity, you can turn a healthy dessert into a party or family night centerpiece. Make a watermelon boat for an luau party in the summer, or an indoor gathering in the winter months. You can make this refreshing treat with the fruits that you enjoy the most. Prepare the boat up to 24 hours ahead of time for a no-fuss dessert on the day of your special event.
Things You'll Need
Use a long serrated knife to cut a 1/4-inch slice from one side of the watermelon. Cut off a little bit less than 1/3 of the watermelon from the opposite side. Turn the watermelon over and rest it on the flat side created by the 1/4-inch slice.
Create a decorative edge for the watermelon boat by making a saw-tooth-like border with a small, sharp knife. Alternatively, you can make a wavy top by first drawing the wavy border onto the watermelon and cutting it out with a sharp knife.
Use a melon baller to scoop out the fruit from within the watermelon. Place half of the watermelon fruit balls in a large bowl.
Cut small rectangle and triangle shapes from the portion of the watermelon that was removed. Insert a wooden skewer into each shape and press the opposite end of the skewer into the bottom of the emptied watermelon to make the boat’s masts.
Cut open a cantaloupe and a honeydew melon. Use the melon baller to scoop out the fruit. Add the fruit to the large bowl.
Wash 1 to 2 cups small strawberries and cut off the green tops. Peel and core a pineapple and cut the fruit into small squares. Wash 1 to 2 cups grapes and blueberries and mix all of these into the bowl.
Mix together 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 tbsp. granulated sugar. Pour the mixture over the fruit in the mixing bowl and brush a little bit onto the exposed sides of the watermelon boat masts. Pour the mixture of fruit into the watermelon boat.
Cover the boat with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
References and ResourcesEllen's Kitchen: Fruit Platters, Fruit Salads and Watermelon Boats
RecipeTips.com: How to Make a Watermelon Basket
Taste of Home: Watermelon Boat Recipe