How to make it

  • Carving the Basket
  • 1 Lay a dampened dish towel on a counter or table and place melon top to prevent it from rolling.
  • 2 With a water-soluble marker, draw outline of basket onto melon, making sure the handle is at least 1 ¼ inches wide.
  • 3 Using a large sharp knife, carefully cut melon along marker line.
  • 4 Remove excess rind and set aside.
  • 5 With a vegetable peeler, even out scalloped edges of watermelon. Cover watermelon basket with plastic wrap and set aside.
  • Making the fruit salad
  • 1 With a melon scooped out flesh flesh cantaloupes and honeydew.
  • 2 In a large bowl, combine sugar, lime juice, lemon juice, orange liqueur and lime rind. 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.
  • Serve.
  • Tip: it is 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.
  • Note:
  • Make Ahead: Make the fruit salad portion up to 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Easy Substitute: Kiwifruite, peeled and cut into quarters, makes a delicious substitute for the berries in this recipe.
  • Simple Elegance: Offer this fruit salad as a tasty desert. Serve it, without the melon basket, in small crystal bowls. Top with a small mond of lemon sorbet and garnish with a sprig of mint.
  • Diabetic Friendly
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    Loved this recipe great post wonderful fruits thanks
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  • ttaaccoo 8 years ago
    this is very cool! i may have seen in a sunset magazine back in the seventies! thanx 4 posting + the great directions. 555555555
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