Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:48 PM
 
Give your next summer party a beach theme and let this friendly whale hold the fruit salad. Watermelon baskets don’t have to be average with a little imagination and some practice with your knife. Try to get a large, oblong watermelon for the best results.

Use a mixture of any fresh, in-season fruit cut into bite-sized pieces. Adding a variety of colors and flavors will result in the most eye-appealing salad. Don't forget to give your whale twinkling eyes and a happy smile!

You will need

  • A sharp knife
  • A melon baller
  • A large, oblong watermelon
  • A mixture of fresh fruit

Instructions

The body of the whale will hold the fruit just like any serving bowl would. The fruit will release a lot of juice so use a slotted serving spoon.

  1. Slice a thin layer off the bottom of the melon to make it sit securely on a platter.
  2. Use a felt-tip marker to draw the outline of your whale. Make the tail come up over the back.
  3. Draw two eyes and a mouth on the front of the melon, if desired.
  4. Carefully cut along the outline of the whale.
  5. Remove the watermelon rind that will not be needed.
  6. Carve out the eyes and mouth.
  7. Carefully remove the flesh from the melon, leaving about a half-inch thickness.
  8. Use the melon baller to make watermelon balls. Place them in a bowl.
  9. Use the melon baller to make balls from cantaloupe, honeydew or other melon. Add to the watermelon.
  10. Add the rest of the fruit you plan on using – grapes, berries, pineapple or whatever you like.
  11. Pile the fruit into the hollowed-out melon.
  12. Chill and serve.

You will probably have more fruit than will fit in the melon at once. Save it in a tightly-covered container and refill the watermelon as needed.

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