Salted-Herbed Watermelon Granita

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This is my second granita of the summer and I adored it just as much as the first. Well, in actuality, this is the second granita I made and didn’t devour before taking pictures! And I’m dedicating this granita to my Nana. When I was younger, Nana ate watermelon with salt on it and I thought it was the strangest thing in the world. In adulthood, now I realize that tons of people eat their watermelon with salt. So, in thinking about flavor combinations, I thought a salted-watermelon granita would be awesome (I also thought that a salted-watermelon margarita would be awesome! lol :)). I had some fresh herbs on hand, so I put that in the mix and viola! — another awesome granita–sweet, salty, and fragrant! If you’re looking for a really easy way to use up the season’s juiciest and sweetest watermelon, I definitely recommend this granita!

And in other news, I wanted to tell you all about a relatively new blog on healthy eating: Know Food Now. On this blog, Marsha, features recipes on healthy eating from around the food blogging world, as well as information about seasonal food, making sustainable changes to one’s eating habits, and food politics. Check it out and tell her Tiff sent ya :).

Finally,  this weekend, I’m heading back to the new city I’m moving to next month to try to secure housing (once again). Wish me luck! And now… onto catching up on my food blog readin’…

Salted-Herbed Watermelon Granita (Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

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

Method:

*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!


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. i LOVE this! i will snack on pieces of watermelon with salt sprinkled on them post-workout. turning it into a granita is a much cooler idea!

  2. Wow this looks so delicious! So colorful and refreshing, perfect for the summer :)

  3. Wow, this is delicious! You have great summer ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  4. Keep the ganitas coming. :) This looks so very good.

  5. Good luck house hunting! Gotta give you major points for this granita. Love that you salted it. Watermelon is best eaten with a dash of salt :)

  6. This looks super delish and refreshing! Love the sugar coated basil leaves too!

  7. LOVE THIS Tiffany! You know…I love salt on most all of my ice cream, so why not granita? And I love the addition of the fresh herbs, too! Good luck this weekend! My fingers are crossed for you! : )

  8. How refreshing this is-salt and watermelon in a frozen treat. Genius that you came up with the idea. Yum.
    Good luck on finding a place to live this weekend!

  9. I hate watermelon, but I have to admit, this looks/sounds so good!!

  10. mmmm..now this looks refreshing!!!! I love those colors and flavor is fantastic!!!

  11. My Goodness!!! That looks fantastic! Wait a minute, I HAVE all of those ingredients, I’m gonna give that a try. =)

  12. Confession: I eat my watermelon with salt. It’s something I learned from my mom. So you know I love this! I also put salt and pepper on my cantaloupe, but don’t tell anyone. :)

  13. Looks so delightful! Love sugared basil in watermelon granita.

  14. Salted watermelon is one of my favorite treats! This granita looks awesome. I might try it with fresh mint. Fabulous! :)

  15. While growing up my grandparents sprinkle some salt to eat watermelon too, but I never bothered to add “extra” thing that’s not necessary when watermelon is already sweet. But it supposed to bring the sweetness, right? I forgot. Anyway… your #2 granita looks delicous! It’s interesting how you freeze basil with sugar like that. Good luck with your house hunting! Sending you positive energy!!!! Feel it? =D

  16. Who would have thought actually sprinkling salt on it? I suppose I’ve had salty cheese before with it but never thought about it like this with herbs. Fantastic idea and so creative, Tiffany. Keeping fingers crossed that the right dream place turns up soon.

  17. Salty and Sweet and Cold and Delicious! Perfect. I am also loving the sound of the marguerita.

  18. Yum, Tiffany! I always ate salt with my watermelon when I was younger. It’s just how I was “taught”? Lol. However, I don’t do so anymore these days but you’ve sure brought back a lot of memories :-) Good luck on the house hunt!

  19. wonderful flavours looks wonderfully delicious

  20. Is this fantastic or what? I am part of the tons of people who eat watermelons with salt. As kids we used to eat frozen watermelon to cool us down in summer. I bet the herb syrup gives a surprising punch.

  21. WOW!!!! This must have been deliciously refreshing and devilishly tasty!!!

  22. Great combo and looks amazing!

  23. One of my favourite summer drinks is a watermelon margarita with a salted rim, so this sounds like it’s right up my alley… especially since, being frozen, it’s bound to be extra refreshing!
    I’ve always avoided adding salt to frozen treats because it keeps the mixture from freezing properly, but for some strange reason, I never thought to sprinkle it on top like you did here… duh me! Will totally have to try this out next time I find a nice watermelon.

  24. I love the sugared basil — so beautiful. I’m going to go get a watermelon and sprinkle some salt on it right now — I’ve always eaten canteloupe with salt on it, but never watermelon. Funny that! theresa

  25. That is gorgeous! My grandfather always salted his melons too, I of course followed suit but I am allergic so I have to avoid these fresh summer beauties (strawberries too)…but I love to make melon treats for my kids :)
    Good luck with your housing situation and I will stop over to check out the site you recommended :)
    I hope you have a great weekend Tiffany…

  26. Buzzed! Amazing… I have never thought of eating watermelon with salt! I must try that, it sounds great! This would also make a great sorbet in between dishes in a meal! :-)

  27. I am in love, this is so creative! I am trying this very soon!

  28. This sounds amazing! I love the idea of a watermelon granita, but topping it off with salt to offset the sweetness is genious!

  29. Thanks for the link! My grandmother salted her watermelon and her cantaloupe. I am scraping your granita mixture now and staying cool. Love the sugar coated basil.

  30. Absolutely incredible! What a unique and delicious flavor combination. Congratulations on making Food buzz Top 9

  31. oh this sounds so good and refreshing for summer! I just made a watermelon salad with basil and mint in the dressing and it was amazing so I think this would be great.

  32. Hi Tiff, you are the Top 9 granita queen!! The salt sounds amazing and so does the margarita! I’m definitely making a granita today, I’m going to add vodka and make it a watermelon martini granita, can’t wait! I am sending out loads postive thoughts to you with regard to your housing. The right place will find you, good luck! 😀

  33. Yup, definitely the granita queen 😀 The frozen sugar is a fantastic idea … makes it so sparkley. Congrats on getting top 9!

  34. I’ve never actually seen or heard of anyone putting salt on their watermelon, but why not! This sounds delicious and refreshing…perfect for summer. Maybe I’ll try these flavors in a sorbet! Congrats on the top 9, and good luck with your housing search!

  35. we always ate watermelon with salt, I still do and my wife thinks I’m crazy, but its just not as good without a little salt! I bet that granita is pure heaven!

  36. So refreshing! Think we’ll be making this today.

  37. That looks so refreshing. Would love to make this for my next backyard gathering!

  38. We used to eat salt with our watermelon too. So happy to see you in the Top 9 again and good luck with finding your home sweet home!!

  39. Wow Tiffany your granita looks delish! Granita is such a great summer treat isn’t it?
    Good luck with your house hunting, keeping my fingers crossed for you:)

  40. I am eating a lot of watermelon these days.. and we like to sprinkle some salt and fresh black pepper on it.. it add a nice taste to the sweet watermelon .

  41. I knew I was excited to see the second granita! You are definitely on a roll and the herbs used here must really make the watermelon pop. Yum!

  42. Thanks for the comments everyone!!! Happy Monday!

  43. Wow…looks wonderful…I never had this before….good luck with housing thing:)I will for sure check out new healthy blog:)

  44. See this is why I adore you, I love love this recipe!!! I always found it interesting when my Grandma would put salt on her canteloupe, but it must have been delicious:-) I love herbs with fruit, just gorgeous! I definitely need to try this lovely recipe:-)
    Hugs, Terra

  45. This looks so summery & delicious. I love the combo of fruit & herbs (specifically watermelon and basil). Bravo, this looks fab!

  46. Wow! Love it and I definitely must try it. I made a blueberry granita recently (posting soon) and the recipe had salt in it, but I omitted it. Now I’m wondering how it would have changed the flavor. Thanks for this – my daughter will love this recipe

  47. LOVE this. Granita is the best in the summer and I love how you added salt to this. Perfect.

  48. wow, this is a fantastic recipe! i need to try this!

  49. I love this! So, so good cannot wait to try it and serve to friends :)