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Watermelon Granita (No Sugar Added!)

Updated: May 24, 2021

Are you looking for a great dessert for your BBQ this weekend? This is it. Fresh, Juicy, Icy-Cold, Sweet, and Light. This no sugar added, healthy treat is perfect for late spring and summer get-togethers. You can make the simple recipe the night before, and its a huge crowd pleaser. Impress your guests, adults and kids alike, with minimal prep!

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1/2 of a large watermelon

6 small tomatoes

3 key limes juiced (Or 2 larger limes)

4-5 leaves of mint

Kosher salt (optional)


  1. Cut watermelon into pieces that will fit your food processor or blender.

  2. Juice limes.

  3. Blend watermelon, tomatoes, mint leaves and lime juice.

  4. Place colander in a 9x11 casserole dish. Pour mixture in the colander.

  5. When all the liquid has seeped through, remove colander.

  6. Freeze for 3-4 hours. Rake with a fork every hour. (See video of my husband raking below.)


If you freeze overnight, set out about 10-15 minutes before serving. Letting it get a little juicy really increases the flavor.

You can sprinkle Kosher salt on at serving if you like salt on your watermelon. I know its controversial...but I really think it makes the dish!!

If you are looking for a BBQ recipe to serve this summer before or with your granita, these easy beef ribs are an awesome main dish.

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