Savor the refreshing flavors of summer with this colorful Kiwi Melon Fruit Salad. A medley of fresh, vibrant fruit is tossed with a tangy, sweet lime sauce and served in the cutest-ever hollowed-out watermelon basket. With this simple step-by-step tutorial, it’s easy to make a watermelon basket filled with a tasty kiwi-melon fruit salad.
If you’re looking for the perfect centerpiece for your picnic table, this inviting watermelon basket is just what your table needs. Stuffed with a colorful fruit salad, everyone will love this sweet and healthy treat.
For the tastiest fruit salad, use ripe fruit in this recipe. If you’re puzzled about picking a ripe watermelon, here are some tips for choosing one that’s full of flavor:
- The watermelon will feel heavy for its size
- It will have a deep, hollow sound when tapped
- It will have a yellow spot where it was lying on the ground while growing
- The watermelon will have a soft shell instead of a shiny one.
To make the fruit salad, you’ll need a melon baller and a mixing bowl. The GoodCook Melon Baller makes it simple to create perfect melon spheres with ease. It features a melon baller on both ends that are different sizes. One side has teeth and is easier for digging into firmer fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melons, and more. The molded grip in the center makes it comfortable to use, and it’s compact enough to store in the gadget drawer easily. Beyond melons, this baller can be used for small scoops of cookie dough or small meatballs and is the perfect tool for hollowing out cupcakes to fill them with jam or cream for a sweet surprise.
How To Make A Kiwi Melon Fruit Salad In A Watermelon Bowl
- Wrap a large elastic band down the center of the watermelon. Adjust the rubber band, so it’s placed vertically in the center of the watermelon.
- Place a second large rubber band horizontally down the center of the watermelon.
- With a sharp GoodCook Carbon Steel Chef’s Knife, cut into the top right and left quarter of the watermelon, about 1” from the rubber bands to create a “handle” for your watermelon basket.
- With a GoodCook Melon Baller, remove the watermelon flesh from the cut pieces, the handle, and the bottom “basket” portion of the watermelon. Place in a large bowl.
- Use the melon baller to cut balls from cantaloupe and kiwi’s, as well. Place in a bowl with watermelon, add blackberries, blueberries, and grapes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, triple sec, sugar, salt, and mint. Drizzle over fruit.
- Gently transfer the fruit into the watermelon basket. Serve and enjoy!
Tips for Making Fruit Salad
- Add a mixture of sweet and tart fruits for a balanced flavor
- Pick fruit that’s in season for the best flavor
- Use even amounts of each fruit, so the flavors are equally mixed
- Citric acid, found in citrus fruits like lemons and limes, helps to keep the fruit from browning
- Add any mixture of fruit that you like or have on hand
How To Store Leftover Fruit Salad
You can keep the leftover fruit salad in the fridge for 2-3 days. Remove it from the watermelon basket and store it in an airtight container.
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Kiwi Melon Fruit Salad (served in a Watermelon Basket)
- 1 large watermelon
- 1 cantaloupe, halved and seeds removed
- 12 ripe kiwi fruit
- 1-pint blackberries
- 1-pint blueberries
- 2 cups green grapes
- Juice of 2 limes
- 3 Tbsp triple sec (or simple syrup)
- Pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped mint
Wrap a large elastic band down the center of the watermelon. Adjust, so the rubber band is placed vertically in the center of the watermelon.
Place a second large rubber band horizontally down the center of the watermelon.
With a sharp knife, cut into the top right and left quarter of the watermelon, about 1" from the rubber bands, to create a "handle" for your watermelon basket.
With a melon baller, remove watermelon flesh from the cut pieces, the handle, and the bottom "basket" portion of the watermelon—place in a large bowl.
Use the melon baller to cut balls from cantaloupe and kiwi's, as well. Place in a bowl with watermelon, add blackberries, blueberries, and grapes.
In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, triple sec, sugar, salt, and mint. Drizzle over fruit.
Gently transfer fruit into a watermelon basket. Serve and enjoy!