By Christian Gollayan
Updated Jun 17, 2015 @ 1:15 pm
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Now that it's officially watermelon season, the time is ripe to cool off with the refreshing fruit—and its many iterations. If you're searching for a fun twist on the popular summer snack, look no further than this frozen watermelon granita recipe from the founders of beloved N.Y.C. ice cream parlor Van Leeuwen. (For the uninitiated, a granita is a drink made with crushed ice.)

Originally launched as a dessert truck in 2008, Van Leeuwen has gone bicoastal, opening a branch in Los Angeles, and, this week, they plan to take their yummy recipes to the masses with their new book, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream ($22;, which includes how-tos for everything from blueberry ice cream to citrus-scented angel food cake.

The best part? You don’t have to be a dessert connoisseur to whip up any of these treats. This no-fuss, flavor-packed watermelon granita can be pureed in less than a minute, and it's the perfect complement to any outdoor picnic. Read on for the recipe!


Watermelon Granita Recipe

Serves: 3

4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tbsp of fresh lime juice

1. In a blender, combine the watermelon, sugar, and lime juice and puree until smooth. Transfer the pureed watermelon to a 9-inch square dish and freeze for 1 hour.

2. Using a fork, scrape the contents of the pan, mashing any frozen parts so the mixture stays slushy. Cover and freeze until firm for about 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape the granite vigorously to form icy flakes. The granite will keep frozen for up to 2 days.