Recipe by CINDY N.
"All of your favorite fruits, lightly sweetened, served in a watermelon 'bowl'."
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cantaloupe, halved and seeded
honeydew melon, halved and seeded
2 (15 ounce) cans
mandarin oranges, drained
2 (20 ounce) cans
pineapple chunks, drained
halved fresh strawberries
grated lemon zest
I doubled the recipe for our annual 4th of July "get together". It was a big hit and didn't last halfway through the day! I did make a few alterations, using seedless watermelons was MUCH easier. The syrup seemed awful thin, so I doubled the suger, but not the water, and it adhered to the fruit much better. It seemed like a TON of filling for the watermelons, but when I finished all the preperations, it all fit just perfectly. I saved the top part of the watermelon and put it back on, using wooden shish-k-bob sticks to hold it closed till we arrived at the park. Great recipe, thanks!!
I used fresh pineapple instead of canned. I think next time I would also use fresh clementines instead of the canned mandarin oranges and leave off the "sauce" all together. The "sauce" made it have a lemony taste. I really didn't care for the slight lemony flavor of the sauce on the fruit.
Fun presentation, great combination of fruits, however the lemon zest made it a little too lemony. I would make this next time with just the sugar/water syrup and no lemon zest. Also, make sure the flavors of your fruits are top notch as one bland fruit will taint the whole salad.
What is my mom's recipe doing here? :) I thought this was how everyone makes a fruit bowl! Only difference: we use ALL fresh fruits (yes- even purchasing the expense pineapple so we can painstakingly cut it up w/ love!). We only make this for special occasions because it is time-consuming but it looks so pretty and rarely is there any left! The "syrup" is what really makes the fruit! Aiming to impress? Try this! All your guests will take notice and I DARE you not to sneak some yourself! Happy Cooking!
I made this with watermelon, canaloupe, canary melon, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, strawberries, nectarines,and the best part was the dressing or syrup. It was absolutely the best. I just couldn't stop eating it.This will be going in my recipe book to make again, and again.
This made a LOT of fruit and tasted GREAT! The syrup really gives it a good sweet flavor, not too sweet, just right! We had leftovers and ate it for the next few days, it was still as good as day 1. Also easy to prepare if you don't mind cutting fruit. 3 of us got it done in no time! I wish I could have this often but it makes so much I'll probably only make it for large get-togethers.
Very good. Everyone else must have like it too, because I made if for my son's 4th b-day party and it was only enough fruit left over for one plate, which I brought home and ate for breakfast.
I made this for my son's graduation party. It made a lot of fruit, but it was so good that it was gone quickly. The syrup is what sets this apart from a plain fruit salad. My parent' used to make melon balls all the time and this beats that hands down. This is a keeper.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Watermelon Fruit Bowl
Serving Size: 1/20 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 179
** Calories from Fat: 6
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