This isn’t so much a recipe as an easy set of instructions. I made these skewers for a wedding that I catered recently, and they were a huge hit! We’ve all seen lackluster fruit trays at weddings and events, so I wanted to give the watermelon some pizzazz. Mint, lime, and a dusting of flaky salt did the trick. Putting them on skewers makes a super easy, utensil-free party appetizer. You can always skip the skewers and serve the watermelon in a bowl for a smaller party. Or add a skewer to a drink for a two-in-one garnish and appetizer!
The amounts of the ingredients are very inexact, so taste as you go! For reference, a little 5-6 lb sugar baby watermelon will make about 3 dozen skewers, and you’ll need 2 limes, about 2 tablespoons of chopped mint, and +/- 1 teaspoon of salt. See the notes below for other ways to jazz them up or substitute ingredients.
Lime juice & zest
- Cut watermelon into approximately 1-inch cubes, discarding rind and any black seeds. Finely chop mint.
- Toss watermelon in fresh-squeezed lime juice, then place 3-4 pieces on each skewer. Sprinkle with chopped mint, lime zest, and flaky salt to taste.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Spice up your skewers with a sprinkle of cayenne or other chile powder.
Basil is a great substitute for (or addition to) the mint. You can also forego the salt and add crumbled feta.
I prefer lime juice, but lemon juice & zest will do the trick.