Watermelon granitaRefreshing and light granita is perfect on a hot summer’s day. And you don’t need an ice cream maker! If you have ever had a watermelon margarita, this is similar but less boozy.

It’s what I make when I get a disappointingly sub-par watermelon. You know those… they look gorgeously pink and juicy, and then you bite into them and… bleh. Nothing.

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:
migraine diets

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Watermelon granita

Tequila-lime-watermelon granita

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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 5 cups watermelon watermelon juice
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup honey
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (fresh)
  • 1 tbsp tequila blanco


  • Cut up the watermelon into chunks. Put in the blender and blend until you have 5 cups of juice. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Allow to sit until the foam subsides.
  • Clear space in the freezer for a large baking dish. Pour the mixture into the dish and set it flat in the freezer. Set the timer for one hour.
  • After one hour, break up any ice with a fork. Set the timer for 30 minutes and rake with a fork until you have fluffy snow. (May take about 4 hours.) Here's a video of me making prickly pear granita using this method. If you watch closely, you'll see Buddy Girl appear a few times:
  • Store in an airtight freezer container.


Per serving:
  • 54 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 0 g saturated fat
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 2 mg sodium
  • 150 mg potassium
  • 12 g carbohydrate
  • 0 g fiber
  • 5 g sugars
  • 0 g protein
  • 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus
Additional notes:
  • The bigger the dish = the more area = the faster this will freeze.
  • You can make this without an ice cream maker. If you have an ice cream maker and want to use it, add a little more tequila. You'll end up with a sorbet, and the tequila will help keep it from freezing solid if you put it back in the freezer.
  • Make pickles from the leftover watermelon rind.