Minted Watermelon Basket

Minted Watermelon Basket

An eye-catching centerpiece for any brunch, this four-fruit salad features the delicate flavor of mint.

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whole watermelon, about 17 inches long
cup green grapes
cups cantaloupe balls
cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
tablespoons lemon juice
cup sugar
cup fresh strawberries
Additional fresh mint leaves
  1. Using long sharp knife, cut a thin slice from end of watermelon, being careful not to cut into flesh of watermelon. Stand watermelon on cut end. Using a washable marker, mark handle at top of basket by drawing 2 parallel lines that are 2 1/2 inches apart, starting at top of watermelon and drawing lines about 6 inches down each side.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut out a wedge-shaped piece of watermelon from each side, leaving the handle intact. Using a large spoon, gently scoop out watermelon flesh, leaving about 4 inches of flesh at bottom of watermelon.
  3. With a small knife or garnishing tool, make ā€œVā€ or scallop cuts about 2 inches apart on cut sides and handle of watermelon basket.
  4. Cut watermelon into 1-inch chunks or use melon ball tool to make balls of watermelon. Measure 3 cups of watermelon and place in large bowl. Refrigerate remaining watermelon for another use.
  5. Add grapes and cantaloupe to watermelon in bowl. Gently mix in 1/4 cup mint, the lemon juice and sugar. Refrigerate fruit mixture and watermelon basket separately until ready to use. Just before serving, fill watermelon basket with fruit mixture. Garnish with strawberries and additional mint leaves.
Makes 16 servings (1/2 cup each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Kitchen Tips
Place fragile fruits, such as kiwifruit, raspberries and strawberries, near the top of the basket because they crush easily.
The fruits can be prepared ahead and refrigerated in separate containers. Use any fruit combination you like. Clean fragile fruits, such as strawberries, the day of serving.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 45
    • (Calories from Fat 0),
  • Total Fat 0g
    • (Saturated Fat 0g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 5mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 9g),
  • Protein 0g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 1/2 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.