Tomato-Watermelon Granita

If you’re in need of a dessert on a hot summer day, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. Enter the granita: a refreshing Italian treat (similar to shaved ice) that is made by hand—no fancy equipment required!—and scooped up with a spoon. Ripe, juicy watermelon makes a great base for a granita, and the addition of fresh summer tomatoes keeps it from being overly sweet. To ensure the final dish tastes light and fluffy (and not too icy) stir the mixture hourly as it freezes to incorporate any ice crystals that have formed.

Tomato-Watermelon Granita
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 5 mins
6 (serving size: about 1 cup)


  • 6 cups chopped watermelon

  • 2 cups chopped heirloom tomatoes

  • ¾ cup water

  • ½ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • basil sprigs 


  1. Process watermelon, tomatoes, water, honey, vinegar, and salt in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into a 2-quart freezer-safe dish. Freeze until frozen, about 6 hours, stirring mixture thoroughly with a fork every hour to incorporate ice crystals. Serve in glasses. Garnish with basil sprigs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

142 Calories
37g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 142
% Daily Value *
Sodium 166mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 2g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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