Up until a few weeks ago, I had a major aversion to watermelon. Unless it was in the form of a watermelon Jolly Rancher, I did not give it the time of day. But earlier this week when we got a bit of a heat wave, it suddenly looked more appealing. I decided to make these popsicles in layered stripes to mimic the look of a watermelon because, really, they are just cuter that way. Give me a mini dessert in the shape of a strawberry, a lady bug, or a four-leaf clover — you name it, and I immediately want it. These are a cinch to make too, and freeze very quickly — great news for a hot summer day! Here’s how I put them together (recipe below is for 6 popsicles):
2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
2 cups strawberries, quartered
Lemon juice (I used the juice from half a lemon)
Sugar or honey to taste (I added about 2 tsp. honey)
3/4 cup of frozen wild blueberries
1 cup lemon Greek yogurt (or plain, but the lemon added a nice tartness!)
2 cups limeade
1 drop green food colouring (optional)
Simply blend together the watermelon, strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar or honey. Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds, and drop in a handful of blueberries into each if desired. Place popsicle sticks into the moulds and freeze until firm. Dollop yogurt on top and freeze until firm. (One tip: I found it easier to place the yogurt in a ziplock bag with the end snipped off, and pipe it in and around the popsicle stick, and then use the handle of a spoon to evenly distribute it.) Layer in limeade (I added a drop of green food colouring to make it a bit more vibrant, since freezing juice seems to make it paler in colour) and freeze until firm. Once ready to eat, place moulds in large cup of hot water for a minute or two to make releasing popsicles easier.
And there you have it. Easy peasy. Even better than a popsicle on a hot day? Using the remainders from this recipe to make Watermelon Strawberry Limeade to go along with it! Yep, even better.