Fruit salad is the perfect dish for summer potlucks, but it becomes the centerpiece when served up in a watermelon shark. This shark is surprisingly easy to carve with just a few kitchen tools.
Start by cutting off 1/3 of the watermelon at an angle. Place the watermelon on the cut side, and cut out a wedge about 4 inches wide. Save the wedge for making your fin.
Use a knife to score 2 lines across the watermelon, about 1 inch from each edge.
Now use a vegetable peeler to carefully remove the green peel from both 1-inch strips.
You can use a small paring knife to do any finer detailing to remove the peel.
Now it's time to remove the ruby-red fruit. Try to cut it out in good-sized chunks that you can then cut up for the fruit salad. Once you have most of it cut away from the rind, turn the watermelon on its side, and use a spoon or ice cream scoop to remove the rest.
Use a paring knife to cut triangle-shaped teeth into each strip of peeled rind.
Take the wedge you cut out earlier, and cut a slanted triangle (the middle piece) to use as a fin.
Hold the fin up to your shark head, and eyeball the curve you need to cut into the base of the fin.
Use 2 toothpicks to attach the fin to the shark.
Once you've chopped your pineapple, apples and watermelon, mix them together in a large bowl, and dump them into the shark's mouth. Then break a toothpick in half to attach a blueberry on each side of the head for eyes.
You may want to drain the fruit salad in a colander if the shark will sitting 30 minutes or more before being eaten. Otherwise your shark may end up swimming in fruit juice!
This shark fruit salad can sit out safely for several hours or be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated overnight.
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