Every summer, I look forward to sunshine, spending time at the beach – and fresh summer fruit! A big, juicy slice of ice cold watermelon is pure bliss on a hot summer day – and if life is a bowl of cherries, let’s dive right in! Combining watermelon with pitted cherries makes a sweet, fresh salad. Dressing this simple salad with an easy, delicious fresh mint syrup completely enhances the flavor of both fruits. The wonderful fragrance that fills the house while the mint syrup cooks is a bright little bonus! This is a quick, easy and perfect summer treat.
I happened to stumble upon an awesome new cherry pitter at Wal-Mart. A lot of cherry pitters pit just one cherry at a time, so pitting a whole bowl takes a little time. This one pits six cherries at a time! I am kind of gadget happy, especially if it’s one that helps make a process in the kitchen faster and easier!
Cherry & Watermelon with Fresh Mint Syrup
- One bunch of fresh mint (I used about 20 mint leaves) plus additional for garnish
- 1 cup of water
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1 watermelon
- 1-2 lbs. of cherries
Wash and dry mint leaves. Prepare a bowl with water and ice. Bring one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan and blanch the mint leaves for about 20 seconds. Remove mint leaves from boiling water and immerse them in ice water. Don’t discard the boiling water!
Add 1/3 cup sugar to the water used to blanch the mint leaves. Stir to make sure all sugar is dissolved. Bring water to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Drain and thoroughly dry mint leaves to remove all water. Chop the mint leaves and add to the boiled sugar water. Cool mint liquid and refrigerate until cold.
I used about 2/3 of the entire watermelon and two pounds of cherries. Cube the watermelon or use a melon scoop to make melon balls. Pit the cherries. Combine watermelon and cherries in a large bowl. Pour mint syrup over the fruit and mix gently. I used about half of the mint syrup and am reserving the rest for another batch!
This looks so pretty and colorful in a big glass serving bowl garnished with some mint. For individual servings, pile the fruit in small glass dishes topped with a mint leaf. It’s so fresh, juicy and delicious! I’ve been packing a bowl for lunch each day.
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While we still can, let’s enjoy fabulous summer fruit! Thanks for visiting today and hope your Sunday is relaxing and happy.
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