The Simplest Way to Perfectly Slice a Watermelon

This recipe is the creation of Talia Chai, registered holistic nutritionist and clean foods chef. For more dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free recipes, check out Talia’s cookbook, Clean Eating here. Warning – recipes are designed to make you feel extra fabulous, bursting with energy and give you super glowing skin!

Watermelon is more than just delicious and refreshing. This melon is chock full of Vitamin A, C, and amino acids to help increase your circulation and reduce muscle soreness. [2] The health benefits don’t end there. Watermelon can reduce high blood pressure in post-menopausal women and its superstar antioxidant, lycopene, helps to prevent and treat prostate cancer. [2]

Use watermelon cubes in salads, on skewers with feta and mint, or freeze them and blend them into smoothies. They make the perfect summer snack!

How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon

Picking a watermelon can be frustrating because you don’t know what you’re getting under that thick green peel, but fear not because there are a few tips and tricks that can help you pick the ripest watermelon of the bunch. [1]

  1. Feel The Weight

Pick up a watermelon and weigh it with your hands. A perfectly ripe watermelon should feel heavy whether it’s big or small.

  1. Look For The Yellow Spot

Turn the watermelon around and look for a spot that looks like a yellow splotch. Watermelons develop this splotch where they rest on the ground as they grow. If the spot is pale yellow it means that the watermelon hasn’t reached its full ripening potential, so pick one with a darker yellow spot.

  1. Give It A Thump

Ripe watermelons make a deep hollow sound when you knock their underbelly, where the yellow spot is. If you hear a dull sound it might be under-ripe or over-ripe. You might not get it right the first time, but the more watermelons you test, the better you’ll get at distinguishing the sound.

Now that you have a heavy, hollow-sounding watermelon with a bright yellow spot, here’s how to easily cut it in perfect slices.

Cutting a watermelon can get messy and slippery. We’re often left with mismatched shapes and sizes and it can feel as if a lot of the watermelon gets wasted and thrown out with the rind! Well, fear not, this is the perfect way to cut a watermelon into cubes with hardly ANY waste.

 

Follow the instructions and step-by-step photos below.

Watermelon Slicing – Easy Way to Cut A Watermelon

how to cut a watermelon

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free, Vegan

Yield: 1 watermelon, cubed

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ripe watermelon

  • 1 knife

  • 1 cutting board

  • 1 bowl

how to cut a watermelon

Instructions:

  1. Cut watermelon in half, crosswise. *pro-tip: chill your watermelon before slicing

  2. Place each half cut side down on the cutting board.

  3. Slice each half lengthwise and then crosswise, creating a grid. You’ll have lots of rectangle pieces.

  4. Take each rectangle piece and slice of the rind. Cut each rectangle into cubes.

  5. Place in bowl and enjoy or store in airtight container in freezer.

 

how to cut a watermelon

[1] Christensen, E. (2017, June 1). The Best Way to Pick a Watermelon. Retrieved from http://www.thekitchn.com/the-best-way-to-pick-a-watermelon-172375

[2] Fiegl, A. (2013, August 20). Five Reasons to Eat Watermelon. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130820-watermelon-nutrition-health-food-science/

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