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Fruit-filled watermelon shark bowl... It's easier than you think

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Even amateur watermelon carvers can handle this shark-shaped fruit bowl

Kids and adults alike will love this friendly shark carved from a watermelon and filled with a fresh fruit salad.

Watermelon shark bowl

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.

Watermelon shark bowl

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.

Watermelon shark bowl

Use a knife to score 2 lines across the watermelon, about 1 inch from each edge.

Watermelon shark bowl

Now use a vegetable peeler to carefully remove the green peel from both 1-inch strips.

Watermelon shark bowl

You can use a small paring knife to do any finer detailing to remove the peel.

Watermelon shark bowl

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.

Watermelon shark bowl

Use a paring knife to cut triangle-shaped teeth into each strip of peeled rind.

Watermelon shark bowl

Take the wedge you cut out earlier, and cut a slanted triangle (the middle piece) to use as a fin.

Watermelon shark bowl

Hold the fin up to your shark head, and eyeball the curve you need to cut into the base of the fin.

Watermelon shark bowl

Use 2 toothpicks to attach the fin to the shark.

Watermelon shark bowl

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.

Watermelon shark bowl

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.

Watermelon shark bowl

Watermelon shark bowl with fruit salad recipe

Serves 15

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1 oval watermelon
  • 1 large chef's knife
  • 1 vegetable peeler
  • 1 spoon or ice cream scoop
  • 1 paring knife
  • 1 large serving platter
  • 3 toothpicks
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 3 large apples
  • 2 large blueberries

Directions:

  1. Cut off 1/3 of the watermelon at a slight angle.
  2. Stand the watermelon on the cut side, and slice out a wedge about 4 inches wide. Save the wedge for making your fin.
  3. Use a knife to score 2 lines across the watermelon, about 1 inch from each edge.
  4. With a vegetable peeler, carefully remove the green peel from both 1-inch strips. Use a small paring knife to do any finer detailing to remove the peel.
  5. Use your large knife to remove the fruit of the watermelon. Once you have most of it cut away from rind, turn the watermelon on its side, and use a spoon or ice cream scoop to remove the rest. Then place the watermelon shark cut side down on your serving platter.
  6. Use a paring knife to cut triangle-shaped teeth into each strip of peeled rind.
  7. Take the wedge you sliced out earlier, and cut a slanted triangle (the middle piece) to use as a fin.
  8. Hold the fin up to your shark head, and eyeball the curve you need to cut into the base of the fin.
  9. Use 2 toothpicks to attach the fin to the shark.
  10. Break a toothpick in half, and use it to attach a blueberry on each side of the head for eyes.
  11. Once you've chopped your pineapple, apples and the fruit from the watermelon, mix them together in a large bowl. If you're serving the fruit within 30 minutes, then you can dump the fruit into the shark's mouth immediately. If it will be longer, then drain the fruit salad in a colander first.

More creative ideas for watermelons

DIY watermelon cocktail keg
Watermelon grill with fruit kebabs
Watermelon elephant

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