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Cherry Watermelon Granita

This Cherry Watermelon Granita infused with mint is a light, simple, and fresh dessert recipe. This soothing snack is absolutely perfect for those sweltering summer days!

Top view of Cherry Watermelon Granita with a sprig of mint in a dessert glass

Cherry Watermelon Granita

Have you ever eaten something that you haven’t had in a while and wonder, why did I ever stop eating this?

Well, I just had that moment the other day with watermelon.

It was a pretty amazing moment actually, in which watermelon juice was dripping down my mouth and I inhaled like 4 whole pizza size pieces of watermelon without blinking an eye!

Guess I missed it. 🙂

Two dessert glasses of Cherry Watermelon Granita garnished with mint

I don’t always buy it because sometimes it can be expensive but also {like pineapple} it can be a beast to cut up and I’m just lazy so I don’t buy it.

Which is why I love this recipe! No cutting needed… okay maybe a little but its just like 2 or 3 cuts then throw it into the blender and viola. Heaven!

Collage of three steps for making Cherry Watermelon Granita recipe

This recipe belongs to the ever so exciting Monthly Mystery Dish Recipes... have you seen those recipes here yet? I’m sure you have!

Its basically like the blogger version of the show Chopped where we pick mystery box ingredients for the month and have to come up with a dish based off of those ingredients.

Some of the previous Mystery Dish recipes are Raspberry Peach Cobbler with a Oatmeal Pecan Crumble, and Baked Coconut Shrimp with Thai Ginger Chili Sauce.

A bowl of fresh cherries

This month Sarah from The Pajama Chef is our host, the ingredients she chose for this month were: coffee (grounds or brewed), sour cream, farro, almonds, cherries, watermelon, cantaloupe, jicama, cucumber, tomatoes, infused or flavored olive oil, fresh herbs (any kind), cornmeal, and hot peppers (any kind). This month we had to use at least 3 of the ingredients given.

Top view of watermelon wedges and fresh cherries on a wooden board

Its summer in Texas which means it is dreadfully miserable and hot 24/7 …. so I decided to go with something that would cool us down during these hot summer nights and made a Cherry Watermelon Granita infused with mint.

Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made with sweetener of some sort and various other flavors, just throw it in a blender till it turns to liquid put it in the freezer and use a fork to scrap at the frozen mixture to create almost like a slushy or shaved ice texture. It is light, refreshing, super versatile, and crazy easy to make.

Collage of Cherry Watermelon Granita in serving glasses

Todays Mystery Dish is made with 4-ingredients.. yup… count um!

Honey, Watermelon, Cherries {YUM.. and it gives the granita a gorgeous color}, and fresh Mint. It is everything you want in a dessert and then some. I served this plain, but you could definitely eat it with a little whip cream on top if you’d like. I hope you enjoy this sweet treat and it cools you down this summer!

Top view of Cherry Watermelon Granita in glasses garnished with mint

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Cherry Watermelon Granita

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Italian


This Cherry Watermelon Granita infused with mint is a light, simple, and fresh dessert recipe. This soothing snack is absolutely perfect for those sweltering summer days!


  • 4 1/2 cups of watermelon
  • 1 cup of cherries, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup of honey


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until mixture has a liquid type consistency.
  2. Place granita mixture in a 13×9″ glass dish.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer fro 3 hours.
  4. Using a fork, scrap the top layer until you get to the soft part.
  5. Place granita back in freezer covered to let sit for another 3 hours.
  6. Repeat fork scraping process one more time before serving.
  7. Enjoy!

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Cherry Watermelon Granita – Joyful Healthy Eats

Cherry Almond Mocha Smoothie – Baking a Moment

Pepperoni Pasta Salad – I Want Crazy

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32 comments on “Cherry Watermelon Granita”

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    I guess nothing can beat the heat in more fresher way than mint! And yes watermelons are favorite too…:) Thank you so much for sharing this healthy idea. Watermelons are the essential component of my family’s diet during summers; they are what our body demands for nutrients. This granita is such a visual delight!

    1. Awesome! Watermelons have become my new favorite for the summer… so refreshing! Hope you get a chance to make this Anna!

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    Bri | Bites of Bri

    Krista, I love this! It’s been surprisingly cool here this week but I cannot wait to try this! I am loving cherries this summer and watermelon is always popular around here 🙂

    1. Oh… jealous! Cool weather is not in the texas vocabulary in the summer so these granitas are needed! Hope you get a chance to make it Bri!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Wow, what a gorgeous bowl of cherries! I could use a big scoop of this granita on this hot summer day!

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    Mike @TheIronYou

    There’s nothing better than a granita to cool-off when it’s super hot outside. Loving this flavor combo Krista (and great pictures too!)

    1. There really isn’t and its a great guilt free dessert which is always a bonus! 🙂 Thanks Mike!

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    My goodness! This looks so delicious! Perfect for this crazy summer heat and the flavor combination sounds amazing! I need this ASAP!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner

    This granita is so pretty! I love that dark red color and I can only imagine how wonderful and refreshing it tastes. A perfect way to cool off!

    1. Thanks so much Danae! The color is so awesome, the cherries will worked their magic in that department. 🙂

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Ahhh….yes. Great combo here. And your pictures turned out fabulous! Pinning.
    Have a fabulous Wednesday Krista!

    1. Thanks so much Melanie! The watermelon and cherry go perfectly together, thanks for the pin and sweet comments girl!

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    Rachel @the dessert chronicles

    I have never had granita, but now I really want to try it! Such a creative use of the ingredients this month!

  9. Gorgeous pictures girl! I can’t get enough of sweet cherries and watermelon lately and I love that you made a granita this month. It looks and sounds so refreshing with the mint! Aaw and your hand model is way too adorable 🙂

    1. Thanks Kelly! I can’t get enough of cherries lately either… perfect late night guilt free snack too! Hope you get a chance to make this granita girl, I’m sure you’ll like it as much as my hand model did. 🙂

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef

    granitas are so good but i never make them, haha. this one looks super refreshing!