All of your favorite fruits, lightly sweetened, served in a watermelon 'bowl'.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • With a large, sharp knife, remove the top 1/4 section of the watermelon. With a melon baller, scoop flesh from inside of watermelon, removing as many seeds as possible. Leave 1/2 inch of flesh inside the shell of the watermelon. Scoop cantaloupe and honeydew in the same manner, removing as much flesh as possible, and discarding the rinds. Refrigerate fruits separately until ready to assemble.

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  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat, and continue stirring until sugar has completely dissolved. Add lemon zest, and set aside to cool.

  • To serve, place watermelon balls, cantaloupe, honeydew, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, and grapes, in a large mixing bowl. Pour syrup over, and toss thoroughly. Transfer mixture to watermelon bowl, and serve. Set aside any fruit mixture that will not fit. There will be enough fruit to refill the bowl.

Nutrition Facts

179.3 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 45.4g 15% DV; fat 0.7g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 23.4mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2005
I doubled the recipe for our annual 4th of July "get together". It was a big hit and didn't last halfway through the day! I did make a few alterations using seedless watermelons was MUCH easier. The syrup seemed awful thin so I doubled the suger but not the water and it adhered to the fruit much better. It seemed like a TON of filling for the watermelons but when I finished all the preperations it all fit just perfectly. I saved the top part of the watermelon and put it back on using wooden shish-k-bob sticks to hold it closed till we arrived at the park. Great recipe thanks!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/04/2006
I used fresh pineapple instead of canned. I think next time I would also use fresh clementines instead of the canned mandarin oranges and leave off the "sauce" all together. The "sauce" made it have a lemony taste. I really didn't care for the slight lemony flavor of the sauce on the fruit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2005
I doubled the recipe for our annual 4th of July "get together". It was a big hit and didn't last halfway through the day! I did make a few alterations using seedless watermelons was MUCH easier. The syrup seemed awful thin so I doubled the suger but not the water and it adhered to the fruit much better. It seemed like a TON of filling for the watermelons but when I finished all the preperations it all fit just perfectly. I saved the top part of the watermelon and put it back on using wooden shish-k-bob sticks to hold it closed till we arrived at the park. Great recipe thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/04/2006
Fun presentation great combination of fruits however the lemon zest made it a little too lemony. I would make this next time with just the sugar/water syrup and no lemon zest. Also make sure the flavors of your fruits are top notch as one bland fruit will taint the whole salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
What is my mom's recipe doing here?:) I thought this was how everyone makes a fruit bowl! Only difference: we use ALL fresh fruits (yes- even purchasing the expense pineapple so we can painstakingly cut it up w/ love!). We only make this for special occasions because it is time-consuming but it looks so pretty and rarely is there any left! The "syrup" is what really makes the fruit! Aiming to impress? Try this! All your guests will take notice and I DARE you not to sneak some yourself! Happy Cooking! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/04/2006
I used fresh pineapple instead of canned. I think next time I would also use fresh clementines instead of the canned mandarin oranges and leave off the "sauce" all together. The "sauce" made it have a lemony taste. I really didn't care for the slight lemony flavor of the sauce on the fruit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made this with watermelon canaloupe canary melon pineapple grapes kiwi strawberries nectarines and the best part was the dressing or syrup. It was absolutely the best. I just couldn't stop eating it.This will be going in my recipe book to make again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2005
This made a LOT of fruit and tasted GREAT! The syrup really gives it a good sweet flavor not too sweet just right! We had leftovers and ate it for the next few days it was still as good as day 1. Also easy to prepare if you don't mind cutting fruit. 3 of us got it done in no time! I wish I could have this often but it makes so much I'll probably only make it for large get-togethers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
My dad made this at my wedding. Everyone loved it. They told hiom he has to make this at all the family gatherings. This looks beautiful when it is done.I highly recommend. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2008
Very good. Everyone else must have like it too because I made if for my son's 4th b-day party and it was only enough fruit left over for one plate which I brought home and ate for breakfast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2006
I made this for my son's graduation party. It made a lot of fruit but it was so good that it was gone quickly. The syrup is what sets this apart from a plain fruit salad. My parent' used to make melon balls all the time and this beats that hands down. This is a keeper. Read More
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