watermelon pizza watermelon pizza Israeli Kitchen This is a super fun, all-ages dessert that's also great for entertaining or hosting. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Watermelon pizza

In just minutes, you can create this amazing dessert ‘pizza’ out of a watermelon.

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  • Yield: 3-5 pies
  • Prep time: 15 minutes

I loved the look on my (gluten-free) friend’s face when I showed up at her door with a pizza box. It was part confusion, part appreciation, and I quickly set her straight by lifting the lid and showing her that nestled inside was a beautiful, fresh, watermelon "pizza" (gluten-free, of course).

You can use literally any fruits you have handy to get creative with your pizza toppings. I added fresh mint leaves to act as basil, "mushroom" banana slices, and coconut flakes for cheese. Other great toppings are diced pineapple, thinly sliced honeydew or cantaloupe, sliced strawberries or kiwi.

You’ll get several pies out of each watermelon, so there’s plenty of opportunity to play around and have a great time garnishing. And of course, eating. This is a super fun dessert on all counts – kids and adults will get a kick out of it.

(Many local pizza shops will sell you empty boxes for a nominal price, enabling you to gift a pie or just store these great pies until they’re ready to be served.)

Ingredients

  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced*
  • 2 cups cherries
  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • coconut flakes
  • mint leaves, optional

Directions

Wash and dry watermelon. Lay the melon on its side and slice large rings about 2” thick straight through the melon.

Lay slice on a cutting board and cut into 6 or 8 slices, depending on size.

Garnish each pizza slice with sliced bananas, halved cherries, diced mango, mint leaves and shredded coconut.

*If you feel like getting really creative, you can slice the bananas into mushroom-shaped pieces. As they oxidize they will actually turn brown at the edges, making them even more realistic as mushrooms!

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