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fruit salad basket

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Rev BJ Friley
Vicksburg, MS

Good Idea: Use the fruit salad to create colorful ice cubes. Serve them with fruit punch or lemonade for a cool treat.

(1 rating)
yield 18 serving(s)
prep time 45 Min
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For fruit salad basket

  • 1 lg
    watermelon (about 15 pounds)
  • 2
    cantaloupe melons
  • 2
    honeydew melons
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 c
    fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp
    grated lime peel
  • 3 c
    sliced fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and halved
  • 2 c
    black or red seedless grapes, washed and halved
  • water-soluble marker
  • melon baller
  • vegetable peeler

How To Make fruit salad basket

  • 1
    CARVING THE BASKET: Lay a dampened dish towel on a counter or table and place melon on 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 1/4 inches wide.
  • 3
    Using a large sharp knife, carefully cut melon along marker line.
  • 4
    Remove excess rind and set aside. With a melon baller, scoop out all the watermelon flesh and place in a large glass or ceramic bowl; set aside.
  • 5
    With a vegetable peeler, even out scalloped edges of watermelon. Cover watermelon basket with clear plastic wrap and set aside.
  • 6
    MAKING THE FRUIT SALAD: With a melon baller, scoop out flesh from cantaloupes and honeydews.
  • 7
    In a large bowl, combine sugar, lime juice, lemon juice and lime peel. Stir well.
  • 8
    Add all melon balls, strawberries and grapes; toss to combine. Allow fruit to chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • 9
    Just before serving, transfer fruit salad to watermelon basket.

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