Watermelon Granita

August 13, 2010


Doesn’t this look bad? I mean good because it’s so bad – sugary, creamy, and hip-enlarging?


It’s so not. Wait a minute. It is good, but it’s not bad. You follow?

What we’ve got here is the result of my panic when X brought home a watermelon (that’s pasteque to you Frenchies), and I was really not in the mood for doing anything much with it — I would have made a watermelon salad with feta, but I didn’t have the Kalamatas that I really love, and didn’t feel like taking the #52 bus down to the Greek restaurant in Passy where I usually buy them.

Sloth and laziness. The mother and child of invention.

So I had watermelon, and some mint, and a blender. A few whirrs later, and I poured this into a container, and shoved it in the freezer. That afternoon, a few scrapes of the dinner fork later, the pink liquid transformed into watermelon granita, an icier, fancier version of its former self.

I spooned it into a fat little glass, as you can see here, but thought that it needed an extra something, and that something needed to be Greek yogurt — in this case, tricked out with a bit of sugar and vanilla.

But not too much. It is still swimsuit season.

It’s also time to celebrate the one year (ish) anniversary of our Twitter #Let’s Lunch bunch, a group that was formed last summer when food blogger Cheryl Tan and I were tweeting back and forth about bacon (I’m still thinking of that latticed bacon that she weaved together for our BLT lunch, our very first date. Lattice bacon? Genius.). We’ve taken a bit of a break – this spring, Cheryl’s been busy putting the finishing touches on her upcoming memoir, “A Tiger in the Kitchen,” and I’ve been working on my first cookbook — but now, smack dab in the middle of summer, we’re meeting again for a virtual lunch(just go to Twitter and type in the hashtag, #letslunch, to follow the stream or click over to the blogs below to see the other recipes). Because it’s still boiling hot in most places, we figured a cool dessert would be just the thing to reconnect.

Welcome back, everyone!

Check out the rest of the recipes:

ShowFood Chef: Melon Fresca with Blackberry Granita

Steff Childs/The Kitchen Trials: Fudgie No-Bake Cookies

A Tiger in the Kitchen: Lemongrass Frozen Yogurt

GeoFooding: Black Sesame Ice Cream

Bon Vivant: Summer Berry Granita with Roasted White Peaches

Watermelon Granita


½ small seedless watermelon
pinch sea salt
8 leaves mint
300 grams/10 oz/1 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
4 teaspoons sugar (or more or less, to your taste)
½ teaspoon vanilla

1. Cut the watermelon into 4 x 4 inch chunks, and put in the blender along with the pinch of salt and mint. Puree until smooth, and pour in a shallow plastic container and slide into the freezer. Every 30 minutes or so, take a fork and scrape the top. After 3-4 hours, you’ll have granita.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar and vanilla.

When ready to assemble, just layer the granita/yogurt mixture– like lasagne, but you know, not.

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Michael Tucker August 13, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Great idea! Can’t wait to try it. You could also make a melon agua fresca. 4 cups of cubed melon, a little sugar to taste, a squeeze of lime for balance. Liquify with a little water in the blender. Then add 6-8 cups of water and chill. Serve over ice for a great summer refresher.

Steff @ The Kitchen Trials August 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Thanks to you, I am now eyeing my watermelon and thinking “granita” instead of “fresh fruit.” My mom will be so pleased. =)

GeoKaren August 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I’ll bet that the mint and greek yogurt really add a zing to this dish. However, if I scraped it every 30 minutes, it would be gone in an hour or two!

Danielle August 13, 2010 at 3:55 PM

This is really the best way to use up watermelon IMO. The addition of yogurt is genius, I’m going to get myself a watermelon this weekend to try it out!

Suzanne August 14, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Oh YUM. I’ve just discovered Greek Yogurt and am SO buying a watermelon at the market. Oh, yeah… and a blender :( Can’t wait!

le petit cabinet de curiosites August 15, 2010 at 7:50 AM

MIAM MIAM … I have to try to make it

Michelle September 6, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Loved this, and posted about mine with a link back to give you credit for a delicious idea. I had no Greek yogurt, so I subbed w/ vanilla yogurt and we loved it. Thanks!

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