Turtle Shaped Watermelon Fruit Bowl

Turtle Shaped Watermelon Fruit Bowl

Making this Turtle Shaped Watermelon Fruit Bowl is a fun way to celebrate summer. It’s a great addition to summer cookouts, barbecues, and summer parties.

turtle shaped watermelon fruit bowl

Turtle Watermelon Fruit Bowl

What I like about this Watermelon Fruit Bowl

  • making it with a chalk marker makes it very easy to make
  • it’s so cute for a fun summer dish
  • making fruit cute, means the kids will eat more of it

making a turtle watermelon fruit bowl

FAQs

What Goes with Watermelon?

  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • cantaloupe
  • honeydew melon
  • kiwi
  • seedless grapes
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • mango

How do you Cut a Watermelon for Fruit Bowls?

It really depends on the type of fruit bowl you are trying to create. For example, in a watermelon basket fruit bowl, the watermelon can sit in an oblong or upright position. A shark fruit bowl would be upright with the bottom sliced off and the mouth carved out of it. A frog would be much like the shark with the mouth cut out and added decorations. The easiest and most classic would be to set the watermelon either oblong or upright (whichever is most stable), slice the top 1/3 portion off of the watermelon, scoop out the watermelon flesh, then add back the cut-up pieces along with other fruits.

Why Do People Put Salt on Watermelon?

Putting salt on watermelon is a kind of controversial topic. People either grew up putting it on watermelon slices, as I did in the mid-west, or they have never and never would dare to. I think it really all goes back to your heritage and if you were raised to sprinkle a little salt on your watermelon.

To speak to the flavor aspect of adding salt to watermelon though…

  • everyone loves that sweet and salt combination like salted caramel or chocolate-covered pretzels
  • adding salt to fruit brings out its’ natural flavors and reduces any bitterness it might have

Make-Ahead and Storage:

Can you make a watermelon fruit bowl in advance?

Yes, you absolutely can. Just remember to cover it and store it in a refrigerator to preserve its’ freshness

How do you store a watermelon fruit bowl?

Some fruits in a fruit salad stay fresh longer and better than others. Strawberries tend to wilt and lose their freshness, while melons can last for days.

Storing: Cover and refrigerate for 3-5 days

How do I keep Fruit Salad Fresh?

  • Adding acidic juices like orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, or lemon juice helps preserve fruits. Simply toss the fruits in the juice to coat
  • A lemon-lime soda is acidic and can be used the same way as an acidic juice would. Toss the fruit salad with a lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7-Up

turtle watermelon fruit bowl

Tips and Tricks to making this Turtle Watermelon Fruit Bowl:

  • you’ll need two watermelons for this cute food idea
  • try to find a round watermelon for the turtle shape
  • rotate the watermelon until you find a spot that it balances by itself
  • you can always use something to prop the watermelon up and help it balance better
  • after you have made the design with your chalk marker, set it aside so it can dry and really set up. The longer the chalk marker dries the better chance you have of the design being free of smudges

If you think you’re ready to make this turtle watermelon bowl, let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 2 watermelon – making sure one is a round shape for the body. The other one will be used for legs and a long neck
  • other fresh fruits like canteloupe, honeydew, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • a white chalk marker
  • candy eyes
  • mini marshmallow

Extra useful equipment:

  • melon baller
  • sharp knife for cutting
  • small paring knife

How do you make a Turtle Watermelon Bowl?

(complete details and photos in the printable recipe card)

  1. cut a round watermelon in half
  2. scoop out the watermelon from both halves and place it into a large bowl
  3. add a variety of fruits to the watermelon in the bowl, making a fruit salad
  4. set the bottom half of the watermelon down on a serving platter
  5. decorate the top half with a chalk marker making the pentagon shapes of a turtle shell
  6. cut 1/4 of the extra watermelon and remove the watermelon flesh so you can cut up the rind
  7. use the cut portion to make the turtle feet and a long neck
  8. shape the neck into a point
  9. add candy eyes to the pointed section
  10. using toothpicks place the feet and neck into the bottom half of the watermelon for the turtle’s body
  11. place cut-up extra fruit in the bottom half of the turtle
  12. add the turtle shell
  13. mound any extra cut-up fruit around the turtle

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Turtle Shaped Watermelon Fruit Bowl

A cute and easy turtle watermelon fruit salad bowl for summer cookouts and parties.

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: none
  • Total Time: 19 minute
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 watermelon – making sure one is a round shape for the body. The other one will be used for legs and a long neck
  • other fruits like cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • a white chalk marker
  • candy eyes
  • mini marshmallow
  • knives for cutting

Instructions

  • cut a round watermelon in half
  • scoop out the watermelon from both halves and place it into a large bowl
  • add a variety of fruits to the watermelon in the bowl, making a fruit salad
  • set the bottom half of the watermelon down on a serving platter

making a turtle watermelon fruit bowl

  • decorate the top half with a chalk marker making the pentagon shapes of a turtle shell

making a turtle watermelon fruit bowl   making a turtle watermelon fruit bowl

  • cut 1/4 of the extra watermelon and remove the watermelon flesh
  • use the cut portion to make the neck with a pointed end and the legs with a simple rectangular shape
  • cut a mini marshmallow in half and cut the ends making it sticky on both sides
  • using the sticky marshmallow, attach eyes to the pointed end of the turtle neck

making a turtle watermelon fruit bowl

  • using toothpicks place the feet and neck into the bottom half of the watermelon for the turtle’s body
  • place cut-up fruits in the bottom half of the turtle

turtle watermelon fruit bowl

  • add the turtle shell
  • mound any extra cut-up fruit around the turtle

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