Watermelon Fruit Bowl: the creative, colorful way to serve fruit

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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A watermelon bowl is an easy, creative, colorful way to serve fruit. It also makes a great, healthy dessert—a welcome break after eating so much ice cream during the summer. And if you’ve been searching for something healthier this year for the 4th of July or other special occasions, this is it!

Watermelon is packed with nutrients. It’s high in vitamins A, C, and, B, and contributes healthy fiber to your diet. Together with other fruits, this is the perfect dessert if you’re looking for something different than typical sugar-laden desserts.

In this recipe, a watermelon is cut, carved and then filled with fruits. It’s easy, tasty, and a great centerpiece for entertaining. Why have an ordinary fruit salad when you can have a watermelon fruit bowl?

How To Make Watermelon Fruit Bowl

Cut a watermelon in the shape of a basket. To do this, start by cutting off the top half of the watermelon, leaving a strip in the middle for the basket handle.

Use a sharp knife to remove the watermelon pulp. Prepare the other fruits by cutting several balls of melon, and watermelon and filling the basket with strawberries, cherries, and mint leaves.

What Fruit Can I Serve In A Watermelon Bowl?

Use any of your favorite fruits in the watermelon fruit bowl. We like pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, and even canned fruit!


Make sure you pick a sweet, ripe watermelon. Look for a heavy watermelon (the heavier, the riper it is). If it has a yellow spot on the surface, it means the watermelon spent more time ripening, so it will be sweeter. You can also tap it gently while holding it up. If it sounds hollow, it’s ripe and ready to eat. You also want to look out for a watermelon that is slightly dull green, these will be sweeter.

You can also use the bowl to serve a dip.

To make it easier to cut the watermelon, slice a small part of the bottom to create a flat surface. This will prevent the watermelon from rolling around while you cut it.

You can use this same method on melons (like cantaloupe). This will simply create a smaller bowl.

If you don’t have a melon baller, you can simply cut the fruit into cubes.

Watermelon Bowl Shape Variations

There are so many fun ways to cut a watermelon. Create a simple basket by cutting it in half and removing the pulp, or you can create animals like a shark by cutting a zigzag pattern that looks like shark teeth!

How To Store Watermelon Fruit Bowl

The Watermelon Fruit Bowl is best served immediately as the fruits will start to lose water and might become soggy. Leftover fruits can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 2 days.

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Cut a watermelon in the shape of a basket keeping all the skin.

Carve it by removing all the pulp and Giving it the shape of a basket.

Cut several balls of melon, and watermelon.

Fill the basket, adding the strawberries, cherries, and mint leaves.

Serve and enjoy!

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