Cappers Farmer

Americana Watermelon Basket Recipe


  • 1 large, ripe watermelon
  • 1 ripe honeydew OR white-fleshed melon
  • Blueberries


  • Using an oblong watermelon, slice 1/4 inch off the bottom, lengthwise, to provide a stable base. 
  • Use a pencil to draw lines for handle placement and basket opening.  Cut the handle first, wide enough to hold stars, then make zig-zag cuts with a paring knife, all the way through the rind (be careful to not cut through handle base on either side). 
  • Carefully remove sections. Pull out large chunks of flesh and cut them into 3-by-3-inch squares. 
  • From squares, trim off 3/4-inch-thick slices to use for cutting out stars. To cut stars, use 1 1/2- to 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutters.
  • Next, cut out 5 large star-shaped pieces from leftover rind (use a paring knife if necessary) for the handle.  Trim off red flesh; attach to basket handle, with white side out, with half toothpicks.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to remove flesh from inside of basket; cut scoops into quarters for fruit salad. Place in bottom of the basket. 
  • Cut out white strip from honeydew for salad. Garnish top of fruit salad with watermelon stars, melon strips and blueberries.
  • More from this issue of Heart of the Home:Watermelon Yogurt Mint Smoothie Recipe
  • Sweet and Sour Watermelon Chicken Recipe
  • Watermelon Dippers Recipe
  • Watermelon Cilantro Salsa Tropical Recipe
  • Angel Food Cake with Watermelon Heaven Recipe
  • Published on Apr 26, 2018
© Copyright 2022. All Rights Reserved - Ogden Publications, Inc.