Happy No Waste Wednesday! Here, I encourage you to use up all your leftovers by turning them into new dishes. As a result, we waste less and try new things without having to get tired of the same all dishes.
Today, we are turning our (Water)Melon Salad into (Water)Melon Mint & Lime Granita. Watermelon is a great thirst quencher on it own but on Monday we took it a step further by adding mint and lime to our salad which provided more freshness and coolness to our dish. And as if that wasn’t enough, we are our now turning our refreshing summer salad into the perfect frozen treat–granita!
The granita originated from Italy and is described as frozen flavored ice. It is a coarse grain-like ice, reminiscent to an ice cone… not so intimidating anymore now is it? And don’t worry, all you need to make this frozen treat is a blender, a deep dish and a fork.
In the blender, we are going to add our leftover melon salad (in my case that was 2 cups but the quantity really doesn’t matter) and the juice* that it produced overnight.. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Sample your mixture and adjust the flavors if needed (add more mint, lime or sugar).
Once you have the flavors just the way you want them, pour the mixture into your dish. Cover and place in the freezer. After the first 2-3 hours, remove the mixture from the freezer and gently scrape it with a fork. Cover and place it back in the freezer. Repeat these steps 2 more time at 2-3hour intervals. The mixture should freeze at least 8 hours or overnight.
To ensure that your granita stay nice and cold when plating (and eating), remember to chill your serving dishes. When you are ready to serve, use your fork to scrape the granite into your chilled dish. Garnish with mint and a lime slice.
How did you use your leftovers this week?
*While I did suggest that you save the excess melon juices from Monday, I found that the salad had produced more juice overnight. As a result, I didn’t need to add any of my saved liquid.