Another wonderful thing about summer besides fresh produce, gardening, vacationing and swimming is ice cream, sorbets, frozen yogurt and a new favorite of mine; granitas.
A granita is a semi-frozen dessert originally from Sicily but really is Italian. Think of a grown up slushy!!
Well, I love cantelope and wanted to make a melon granita.
Cut the melon into chunks and puree in a blender or food processor
Add the sugar, lemon juice and salt
Add 1/4 c. water
Process until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the dish and place in the freezer.
Check the mixture after one hour. I don't know if you can see, but the corners are frozen.
Using a fork, scrap the mixture to create fine crystals of ice.
Then let the granita freeze for several more hours and repeat the scraping of the ice with a fork. If the granita is too hard, let it thaw out for 15 minutes.
Top with a mint leaf.
Fresh and delicious.