Watermelon-Lime Granita

This flaky, snowy treat is so easy to make. You can use any fruit that’s in season, but watermelon is our go-to during the summer.

Watermelon-Lime Granita
  • 6 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • Watermelon wedges, to serve
  • Garnish: lime zest
  1. In the container of a blender, add chopped watermelon, sugar, lime juice, salt, and cayenne, and blend until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a 13×9-inch freezer-safe baking dish, discarding solids. Stir in zest. Freeze until edges begin to set, 30 to 35 minutes.
  2. Using a fork, scrape mixture to break up frozen pieces. Freeze until mixture resembles fluffy shaved ice, about 4 hours, scraping to break up frozen pieces every 30 minutes. Serve in sugar-rimmed glasses with watermelon wedges. Garnish with zest, if desired.