Summer Watermelon Fiesta!

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All the fun of a fiesta with the refreshing sweetness of watermelon. Summer watermelon fiesta party ideas, recipes and even watermelon carving.

Pump up the fun in your summer fiesta by using an unexpected ingredient – watermelon! tells us that watermelon provides natural hydration with 92 percent water content, along with the antioxidant lycopene and the amino acid citrulline. It’s the perfect feast in the summer heat. They also show us how to carve the watermelon into a cactus bowl for the fiesta buffet table.

How to carve the watermelon into a cactus bowl.

  • Medium-large oval or oblong watermelon (seeded or seedless)
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Dry erase marker
  • Kitchen knife
  • Scoop
  • Cactus cookie cutter
  • Small flower cookie cutters
  • Toothpicks
tools to carve watermelon cactus bowl
  1. Wash watermelon under cool, running water and pat dry.
  2. On cutting board, place watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4 inch-1/2 inch from stem end; this will provide a sturdy base. Reserve end piece to make into small cactus.
  3. Stand watermelon upright on base. Use dry erase marker to draw simple outline of cactus shape.
  4. One-third up from bottom of watermelon, draw straight line around back, being careful not to go through cactus outline; this will create a serving bowl for the watermelon salsa. (Recipe to follow.)
  5. Use kitchen knife to cut around outline, leaving just bowl with cactus attached. Scoop out base to form bowl.
how to carve watermelon into a cactus bowl
carve watermelon into cactus shape

6. From pieces of watermelon that were cut away, use cookie cutters to make cactus pieces and flower pieces to decorate with, and chop remaining watermelon to make watermelon salsa and watermelon margaritas, or juice.

cut watermelon shapes

7. Attach toothpicks randomly around cactus to make thorns and decorate with watermelon flowers. Decorate bottom rind scrap with toothpicks to resemble short, round cactus.

put toothpicks on cactus watermelon carving

8. Fill bowl with Fire and Ice Salsa and serve with tortilla chips.

Fire & Ice Salsa Recipe

fire and ice salsa

See the Fire & Ice Salsa recipe with watermelon and jalapeno peppers.

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