Food & Recipes

7 Awesomely Creative Ways to Make Edible Watermelon Art

Rachael Ray Show

Aired August 3, 2016

It's National Watermelon Day! To celebrate, check out seven amazing watermelon presentations from Rach and our resident watermelon-carving guru Jeanette Donnarumma.

No. 1: Watermelon Owl

This watermelon owl is extremely impressive but surprisingly easy to create! And it doesn’t have to just be a summer party treat – how fun would this be for a Halloween party later this fall?

No. 2: Watermelon Frog

This adorable frog will impress any watermelon afficianado! Watch the video above for a step-by-step instructions and demonstration.

Tip: If kids won’t be joining in, you can soak your fruit in tequila for an extra kick!

No. 2: Watermelon Pizza

To make this fun fake-out, Jeannette takes a round slice of watermelon, including the rind, and grills it. Then, she tops it with delicious toppings. See below for two different ways to prepare.

Mexican Style

To make a Mexican-style “pizza,” just top with queso fresco, cilantro, pickled red onions, toasted pepitas, salt and a Mexican crema (or sour cream) drizzle. Then, slice and serve!

Italian Style

Top with ribbons of prosciutto, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, arugula, salt and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Delish!

No. 3: Watermelon Grill

Start with a small, round watermelon and cut off the top quarter. Scoop out the insides of the melon with a melon baller, including the meat that is still left in the small quarter section. Use kebab skewers to make “grates,” and fill the inside with blackberries, which will be the “charcoal.” Use carrots to make the “legs” and attach the “lid” to the back with skewers. Watch the video for more.

No. 4: Watermelon Shark Bowl

This fun watermelon “shark” looks complicated to make, but Jeanette makes it easy. Watch the video for specific instructions.

No. 5: Watermelon “Cake”

This technique uses watermelon as the base of a “cake.” Watch the two videos above for more.

No. 6: Watermelon Punch Bowl Filled with Watermelon Mojito

This one is for the adults! You just hollow out a watermelon and puree the meat, then strains out the solids. Muddle mint in a bowl with some simple syrup or agave nectar, then add fresh-squeezed lime juice and rum. Then mix with the watermelon puree in the watermelon “punch bowl.” Yum!

Do you have a special technique for carving watermelon? Tell us in the comments!