Salted Watermelon Ice

Salted watermelon ice is a simple, refreshing, 4-ingredient treat that features watermelon and salt. While it may sound like an odd combo, trust me- they are a match made in heaven!

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There comes a time when you just have to put your foot down and embrace your inner crazy …er, genius. I denied myself (and consequentially, the world) this recipe for salted watermelon ice for far too long.

Salt is to watermelon as lime juice is to tequila …as basil is to whiskey …as mint is to gin …as (apparently) Cassy is to a cocktail right about now.

They're a perfect match. I'm not sure if it started with one brave brilliant soul who brought their salt shaker out to the backyard watermelon chow-down -or- if brave brilliant souls around the world gave a collective “what the heck” and embraced the strange culinary/sensory breakthrough. Either way, I'm grateful to you. I'm also grateful to my Mother for passing this tradition down to her hungry daughters.

The salt really helps to balance out the sweetness of the watermelon. If you're looking for a health excuse, the Nutrition Consultant in me is obligated to tell you that the addition of salt (a vital electrolyte) to the lemon juice in this recipe and the sugars in the watermelon could make it an almost-suitable recovery refreshment for post-workout sweaty athletes.

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Also, salted watermelon ice is delicious and tastes like summer.

The watermelon puree comes together in about 5 minutes and then your ice cream maker and/or freezer do the rest of the work.

As my directions say below, I recommend freezing the whole batch for 3 hours THEN spooning into individual bowls and freezing again until hard. These disposable paper bowls are just perfect. I've found that the mid-freeze step makes portioning much easier and also makes your job as a summer BBQ host/hostess much more streamlined.

At the end of the day, if you just can't wait for the freezer to do its magic, just pour the puree over ice, add a glug of vodka, and call me because I'll be right over.

Happy weekend!

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Salted Watermelon Ice

  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 8 cups seedless watermelon
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Puree all ingredients together until smooth in either a food processor or blender.
  2. Pour the puree into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacture's instructions.
  3. If you do not have an ice cream maker, pour the puree into a freezer-safe bowl. Freeze for about 3 hours, or until it is firm but still loose, and spoon the ice into individual serving bowls. Freeze the bowls until firm and then serve!



17 Responses to “Salted Watermelon Ice”

  1. #
    sadowdellposted June 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Watermelon is paleo-approved?

    • #
      Kellyposted July 5, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Hi! Yes, watermelon is approved if you are following a paleo lifestyle. Since it is just a natural fruit it is a go!

  2. #
    Emilyposted June 29, 2015 at 12:24 am

    This turned out wonderful!!! Consistency was perfect.

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      Kellyposted July 5, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Emily, thank you for trying it!

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    Thaliaposted June 29, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Love love love this recipe! I could LIVE off watermelon.. so I totally am craving a bowlful of this salted watermelon ice right now. The perfect Summer cooler definitely.

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      Kellyposted July 5, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Thalia! I completely agree, summer = watermelon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kateposted July 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This looks delicious but I’m also drooling over your little brown cups! Did you cover the white ones you linked to, or are these available somewhere (my excited google search was fruitless).

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      Kellyposted July 19, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Hi Kate! Cassy linked the closest ones she could find, but found the original at Hobby Lobby. The paper idea is a good idea though if you can only find white.

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    Angelaposted July 17, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Could honey be used in place of the maple syrup?

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      Kellyposted July 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Angela, honey should work instead of the maple syrup. Hope you try it!

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    kathyposted July 19, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    This is right up my alley. I have always salted my melon
    .have you tried pepper on is also delicious.

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      Kellyposted July 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Kathy! I haven’t tried that, but it sounds good. Thanks for the tip and hope you enjoyed this recipe!

  7. #
    Alitaposted August 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    will this work as a Popsicle?

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      Kellyposted August 3, 2015 at 1:23 am

      Hi Alita, it hasn’t been tested as a popsicle, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you try it, please let us know how it goes. Thanks!

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    Tavisposted June 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Saw this on IG, really wanted to check it out. Unfortunately google ads had other plans and keeps posting ads over the instructions/ingredients
    Thanks for your hard work and creative genius tho! You’re great Lady!

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    Heatherposted June 25, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Hi there!

    I’m trying to access the recipe but the ads block me from seeing it!? ๐Ÿ™ Just thought I’d give you a heads up in case I’m not the only one running into this.

    Looks delicious!

  10. #
    Angelicaposted July 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Hi! Is there any place to access this recipie or is the link still down? Dying to try. Thanks for all your hard work and fabulous recipes

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