Watermelon Granita

Servings: 4
Prep: 15 minutes


Summary:  XXXX

Cool, pretty—and pink. The essence of summer. That’s what this watermelon granita is all about.

If you’re watching your weight, it’s also a good, low-sugar alternative to ice cream. Savoring a whole cup will cost you only 49 calories.

It’s nutritious too. Watermelon has lycopene, an antioxidant, and loads of vitamins A and C.

Per Serving: 70 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 19 g carbohydrate, 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein, 0 mg sodium.

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research. View more recipes at aicr.org/healthyrecipes.


Ingredients:  XXXX

2 limes
2 tsp. sugar, divided
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 to 2 lbs. cubed seedless watermelon
Mint leaves for garnish, if desired


Preparation:  XXXX

  1. Using fine grater, scrape outer green part of limes' skin (the "zest").
  2. In small bowl, combine zest, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 cup of juice from limes.
  3. In small saucepan, combine remaining sugar with 1/3 cup water.
  4. Bring mixture to boil.
  5. When sugar is dissolved, add zest mixture.
  6. Remove from heat, stir and cool to room temperature.
  7. In blender or food processor, puree melon to make 3 cups liquid.
  8. Place in 9"x 9" metal pan.
  9. Blend in syrup.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer.
  11. Freeze until slightly hard, 6-8 hours; stir.
  12. Before serving, scrape well with fork and scoop into serving bowls.
  13. Garnish with mint if desired and serve immediately.