Lime Infused Watermelon Granita

Are you looking for a refreshing summertime dessert? A dessert that requires no baking and no fuss so that you can have some fun in the sun? Friends, I’ve got your back! This Lime Infused Watermelon Granita is refreshing and the perfect quick summertime dessert.

Watermelon Granita by Kerry Fannon, Registered Dietitian in Fort Lauderdale

I am amazed by what blending a fruit, adding a little flavor and changing the texture and temperature can do! As if watermelon wasn’t refreshing enough, the process of making it a granita takes it to a new level. I would love to meet the person who invented a granita. What a resourceful human being!

The watermelon is naturally sweet on its own, so not much sugar is added to this recipe. The simple syrup is infused with lime peel which adds the essential oils giving a subtle burst of flavor and aroma to this dessert.

Easy No Bake Summertime Dessert by Kerry Fannon, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Fort Lauderdale

Lime Infused Watermelon Granita


6 cups seedless watermelon, cut into chunks without the rind

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 lime (you will use the peel and the juice)

Directions: Slice off the peel of the lime. Squeeze the juice into a small bowl and set aside. To make the simple syrup add the sugar, water and lime peel to a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 5 minutes. After the sugar has dissolved, remove the simple syrup from the burner and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes. In the meantime, add the watermelon to a blender and puree. Add the simple syrup mixture and lime juice. Pour the mixture into a 9 x 11 baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. Freeze for 1 hour. Remove granita and scrape the mixture back and forth with a fork. Cover the granita and place it back to the freezer for another 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and once again, with a fork, scrape the mixture going back and forth to form small, icy pieces. Scrape right before serving. The mixture should resemble shaved ice.

Easy Summer Dessert by Kerry Fannon, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Fort Lauderdale