A favourite refreshing summer dessert. The watermelon & summer berries are sweet and full of flavour while the herby sugar kicks up the zing!
I made a big box of this watermelon and berry salad as the dessert for our bank holiday picnic, but in the event, we all had ice-creams instead.
Fortunately, the watermelon salad was packed in a cool box, so was still in a fit state to eat after dinner in the evening instead. It’s super refreshing, and amazingly delicious – the watermelon and summer berries are all very sweet and full of flavour at the moment, and the herby sugar adds a bit of zinginess and helps to draw out the juice. Yum yum yum.
I was originally just going to add some shredded mint leaves to the salad, but DH complained that he doesn’t like mint in a fruit salad. Sigh. So I blitzed up this flavoured sugar instead and let people add it to their own servings. Of course DH tried a bit and decided that actually, it was really tasty. I do sometimes wish he’d just take my word for it in the first place.
So, you can do what I did, and serve the sugar separately, or just whack it into the watermelon and berry salad and stir everything together before serving. It’s delicious either way.
Let your melon be your guide
The quantities listed in the recipe are what I used, but you don’t have to be too exact. Just make sure there’s plenty of watermelon, and you won’t be disappointed. The taste of summer!
This made four very generous servings. I’d say it serves 4-6.
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Watermelon & berry salad with basil mint sugar
- 450 g strawberries
- ⅓ of a medium watermelon
- 150 g raspberries
- 150 g blueberries
For the basil mint sugar
- 4 large basil leaves
- 1 large sprig mint
- 3 tsp golden caster sugar
- Hull the strawberries and cut in half vertically. Cut the rind off the watermelon and discard. Remove the seeds, and cut the flesh into bite-sized chunks.
- Place the strawberries and melon into a large bowl with the raspberries and blueberries. Mix gently to combine.
For the basil mint sugar
- Put the basil, mint and sugar into a mini-chopper and whizz to combine. Alternatively finely chop the herbs and mix with the sugar, or combine the ingredients in a mortar and pestle.
- Spoon into bowls and serve the sugar separately, or mix the sugar into the salad before serving.
Because the basil and mint made this watermelon salad extra yummy, I’m entering it into the Cooking with Herbs challenge, hosted by Lavender and Lovage.
The Dead Easy Desserts challenge (hosted by Slice of Me and organised by Maison Cupcake) is seeking yummy desserts that can be made in under 30 minutes and feature strawberries. I shall certainly be putting this super-summery fruit salad forward.
The ingredients for this dessert came from Morrisons. I used part or all of the following: watermelon £2.95, strawberries 2 x 99p, raspberries 99p, blueberries £2, basil plant 99p, mint 79p.
Morrisons sent me shopping vouchers to buy ingredients. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.