Watermelon, Lime, and Chili Granita

Watermelon, Lime, and Chili Granita

The other day, I was flipping through the channels on the TV when I came to the local weather.  I left the TV on and continued what I was doing, cleaning, packing, etc.  The weatherman finally caught my attention when he muttered something about a cold front.  Finally!  I have been counting down the days to autumn since, well, June.  Unfortunately, I think it is safe to say that a cold front is not in my near future.  I don’t know why I ever trust the weatherman.  I should know better by now.

Watermelon, Lime, and Chili Granita

I guess I’ll just have to be resourceful and find another way to stay cool while I wait for the leaves to start changing.  Plenty of sweet summer watermelon is perfect incorporated into a cool, icy granita.  It is hard to believe that watermelon, limes, and sugar can turn into such a wonderful frozen dessert.  It is like magic.  You basically just throw it in the freezer and poke at it with a fork a few times.  And magic!  Top it all off with a pinch of chili salt.  It may sound a little odd, but the heat from the cayenne pepper pairs so well with sweet, cool watermelon.

This granita takes a little bit of patience, but other than that, this recipe is fool proof.  This watermelon, lime, and chile granita is the most refreshing, low-maintenance summer treat.

Watermelon, Lime, and Chili Granita
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Refreshing summer watermelon granita gets a kick from a pinch of spicy sea salt.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
  • 2 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and roughly chopped (about 6 cups)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 lime, zested
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Place the watermelon, sugar, lime zest, and lime juice in a blender and process until smooth and well combined. Pour the mixture into a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and place in the freezer. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours, scraping the mixture with a fork every 30 minutes to create ice crystals. Spoon the granita into bowls. Stir together the salt and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the granita and serve.



  1. says

    Riley, that sounds UH-mazing! Where do you live? I’m in Nebraska and it’s been So flippin hot here until just recently. Now it’s like fall… so weird! But anywho, this looks soooo good, I don’t care if it’s hot or cold outside, I’m making it! :) :) Rachael xoxo

    • Riley says

      Thanks so much Rachael! I hope you like it! I’m in Dallas, so I’m practically living off of things like this granita!

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