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Dessert of the Month: Watermelon Basket

For a dessert you can serve in "fruitful" bowls, fill hollowed-out watermelon halves with slices of papaya, honeydew, and cantaloupe, as well as balls of the watermelon -- all sprinkled with lime zest.

  • Servings: 12
Dessert of the Month: Watermelon Basket

Photography: Ellie Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2005


  • 1 medium oblong seedless watermelon, (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 5 to 6 pounds mixed cantaloupe and honeydew melons, seeds and rinds removed, cut into 1/2-to 1-inch-thick wedges (32 to 36 slices)
  • 3 pounds red papaya, seeds and skin removed, cut into 1-inch-thick wedges (8 to 10 slices)
  • Lime zest, for sprinkling
  • Pink Hawaiian sea salt
  • Raspberry-Lime Ginger Sauce
  • Toasted Coconut Brittle


  1. Trim ends off watermelon, then cut watermelon in half at an angle. Remove flesh from each half with a melon baller; set aside. Scrape out any excess flesh with a spoon for a clean, smooth interior.

  2. Stand watermelon baskets upright on trimmed ends. Fill bottom third of each basket with about 40 watermelon balls. Place assorted melon and papaya slices on top of watermelon balls against the back of the basket, evenly dividing fruit between baskets. Fill in front with remaining watermelon balls. Sprinkle with lime zest. Serve with sea salt, sauce, and brittle as accompaniments.

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