Summer watermelon starter

Okay, summer is pretty much here and throwing us its heat and cheer. What is summer without its own melon? I mean, the delicious watermelon! I used to have a book with beautiful pictures of watermelon and a little boy who eats it all through the story. I bought that book at a book exhibition in our city when I was about 10 years old. It was a book published in Russia and translated. It had the most beautiful watercolor illustrations that motivated me to start painting. I don’t remember the story or what happened to that book later but those pictures are still fresh in my mind. The little boy in that story munches a half-moon piece of water melon and to this day, I love to eat it like him.

Watermelon summer starter Our markets are flooded with watermelons. This week we had to deal with two watermelons. My husband cut them and cubed them precisely, to help me.  We finished the first one with great enthusiasm. But the second one was received with a meh! I had a big plastic container with chilled pink cubes almost forgotten in the fridge for a while and I force fed everyone. There was the remaining half of it covered with cling wrap and waiting. The only way to finish it is to make it exciting. I decided to give this melon another chance and take it on a ramp walk.

It is gone now, as I used it to make this easy starter and pushed it during every meal.  I was inspired by canapés… but they are normally, savory or spicy to be served with cocktails. I imagined a preparation based on it, using watermelon. These decorative small bites cannot be savoury because watermelon is sweet, so I added a hint of honey. I mixed lime and ginger flavours to enhance it. It turned out to be a fancy, finger food!

watermelon circles


  • half a watermelon
  • few slices of bread (multi-grain, whole wheat or rye bread)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp lime zest
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 cubes crystallized/candied ginger
  • few mint leaves to garnish
  1. Take 6 bread slices and using a round cookie cutter cut circles out of bread. (I used brown, rye bread.)
  2. Cut watermelon into a thin triangles.
  3. Using the same cookie cutter cut out a disk from each piece.
  4. Take a smaller round cutter and cut a hole in the middle of each watermelon disk.
  5. Mix cream cheese, yogurt and salt to get a smooth mixture.
  6. Add honey and blend well.
  7. Sprinkle chopped crystallized ginger and lime zest and mix with it.
  8. Take bread circles and spread butter and then yogurt mix on it.
  9. Place a watermelon disk on it and spoon some yogurt mixture in the center.
  10. Stick mint leaves in the center to garnish.
  11. Serve it cold.

You can use cream cheese or Greek yogurt alone if you like it. Greek yogurt is thick yogurt without any whey water. Hung curd that is made thick, by using a cheese cloth to drain excess water, is an alternative.

It is better to use a delicate touch while cutting the circles to prevent squishing them.

Cutting melon into ringsThis is a good starter for any meal or a juicy snack in between meals. It is refreshing with a burst of flavors in your mouth. Keep it chilled until ready to serve.

summer watermelon

watermelon startersAssembling it is a good activity to do with kids. They get to nibble on the bits and pieces left behind as the cutting is in progress. I was amazed how fast our watermelon half disappeared!

watermelon canapes This starter got a standing ovation at home! So try it for some pure fun!

I am bringing this starter over for all our Fiesta Friday friends to enjoy!

Fiesta Friday#74



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23 Responses to Summer watermelon starter

  1. petra08 says:

    I love watermelon and your canapés looks like a perfect flavour combination! 🙂

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  2. Jhuls says:

    I could relate with you. I can’t help myself when I see beautiful watermelons. Let’s just say that I don’t want to let the season pass without flooding myself with them (and Mangoes, too). This is a great way to enjoy Watermelons. I always put mine in a blender as I can’t eat much of them. Happy FF! 🙂 xx

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  3. coconutcraze says:

    I totally agree with you! I blitz the pieces in a blender. So much tastier…I ignore the question why can’t you just eat it! Sipping it is my easy way to enjoy it! Happy FF to you too!


  4. Loretta says:

    Welcome to FF and I just love how you created these little beauties. When there is just too much watermelon around, I guess one has to come up with some other concoction and these just worked a treat I’m sure. Love the ingredients – the crystallized ginger and mint go hand in hand. Beautiful!

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  5. What a beautiful plate! I love how creatively you made circles into the watermelon. I have to start using crystallized ginger. It’s so beautiful but I never think of it. We love watermelon too, but with just two off us we generally are pretty tired of it before it’s finished.

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  6. We do love watermelon in our house, too, but I do have to watch we don’t have too much, for just your dilemma. But what a great idea for using it in a different way! Thanks for sharing with FF.

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  7. Padma says:

    I love water melon and have almost been eating it since the season started:)….Very innovative and loved all the flavours:)..Truly a fancy finger food!!

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  8. Easy-to-make, colourful and oh-so-refreshing. 🙂

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  9. Angie says:

    We have a hard time finishing a whole watermelon in our house usually, so I think I’ll borrow this wonderful idea of yours next time. They look so pretty! 😃

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  10. apsara says:

    These look so cute! No wonder your family gave you a standing ovation.Nice idea for parties, especially.

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  11. Balvinder says:

    These are pretty and cool starters.


  12. Very clever Sridevi. These canapés look gorgeous and so inviting!

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  13. Fantastic way to use watermelon – I could easily eat a few of these 🙂

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  14. wow.. these look so beautiful and eye-catching.. A great idea for parties as well.. Thanks for sharing it on FF.. 🙂

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  15. coconutcraze says:

    You are welcome! I am glad you liked it!


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