Salted-Herbed Watermelon Granita

Salted-Herbed Watermelon Granita


1 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

3-4 basil leaves, plus extra basil for garnish (sugar coated basil leaves)

1/4 of a whole watermelon (~ 1.25 pounds)

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh basil

1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme

1/4 teaspoon fresh oregano

sugar for sprinkling


*Make sugar-coated basil leaves: wash basil leaves. Sprinkle with sugar. Place on plate and freeze.

*Make herbed syrup: Bring water, basil leaves, and sugar to a boil. Reduce to 1/2 cup of liquid. Let cool.

*Blend watermelon and herbed syrup until smooth. Add to pyrex dish. Freeze until solid. Scrape mixture with fork until completely scraped. Freeze at least two hours. Scrape again. Freeze at least two hours. Scrape.

*Mix salt and fresh herbs. Serve granita with sprinkled herb salt and sugar-coated basil leaves. Stay cool!