This 1-ingredient Shaved Watermelon recipe makes a delicious (and healthy) summertime dessert!
Sometimes you just need a simple recipe…especially in the middle of July when it’s so hot that you can see the heat radiating off of your driveway. (Ok, so maybe it doesn’t get that hot in upstate New York, but if you’re anywhere outside of New England, then you know exactly what I mean!) The kind of heat that makes you get out and do your yardwork at 8am because it’s just too darned hot any other time of the day. The kind of heat that makes you crave cold things…like this tasty Shaved Watermelon!
Shaved Watermelon is quite possibly the easiest recipe ever. It requires just one ingredient. Yup, one. And it’s served cold. And it doesn’t require an oven or stove. Are you starting to see how this Shaved Watermelon is the perfect recipe for July?
Whenever I carve a watermelon, I always think of my grandfather who lived in upstate South Carolina. He passed away many years ago, but I spent many awesome summers with him when I was a kid. He’d “carry” me out fishin’ in the mornings and then over to the nearby peach orchard in the afternoons. In the winter, he taught me how to spot wild mistletoe…and to this day, I still religiously scan the trees every Fall looking for real mistletoe. (Sadly, it doesn’t seem to grow way up here in upstate NY.) And I could always count on him having a fresh watermelon whenever I came to visit. He kept an old carving knife down by the pool and we’d carve the watermelon and eat it right there. Of course we were a huge sticky mess when it was all over, so we’d jump right into the pool. Man, those were the days!
But back to this Shaved Watermelon. A chef friend of mine taught me this trick several years ago, and it’s an amazingly simple and delicious summer dessert. Aside from just being downright easy, this Shaved Watermelon gets all of its sweetness from natural sugars, too. So next time you pick up a watermelon, freeze several cups of it and then run it through a food processor fitted with a slicer attachment. You end up with tiny little shreds of delicious frozen watermelon. Scoop those into a bowl and serve them for a fun (and super healthy) summertime dessert!