Watermelon fruit pizza is a sweet healthy treat with thick watermelon slices topped with yogurt and fruit, a wonderful way to celebrate this summer fruit.
Watermelon fruit pizza is a spectacular invention, just like watermelon fruit salad only in pizza form! Just spread yogurt on slices of watermelon and dot with fresh fruit. Slice the watermelon into wheels. Leave as is or cut those into fours. Spread the yogurt and dot with fruit. Have it for breakfast along with my overnight oats, or even my fresh strawberry smoothie.
Why You'll Love This
Easy to make. Exceptionally easy snack or breakfast, watermelon fruit pizza is easy to make. Just slice watermelon, spread with yogurt and top with fruit. Your hardest decision will be which shape watermelon to use and what toppings.
Customizable. These slices are so easy to customize with fruits and toppings you like. Go fiber-heavy with mango and banana chunks, and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Or emphasis anti-inflammatory toppings with pineapple and berries. Or make it more dessert-like with crumbled chocolate chip cookies, chocolate sauce, and homemade chocolate chips.
Nutrition. To say this snack is good for you is an understatement. The yogurt, any yogurt you choose, is high in protein; the fruits you choose bring their nutrition, and watermelon alone is highly hydrating, rich in electrolytes, and vitamin C.
Watermelon. A round baby watermelon, about 7-10 inches in diameter, is my favorite choice to get 4 slices for about 4 personal watermelon pizzas with no waste. Scoop out the two ends and freeze to use later for a watermelon slushie.
Yogurt. Use an unsweetened and unflavored yogurt to allow the watermelon and fruits to carry the flavor. Use cashew or coconut yogurt if dairy-free, and Greek yogurt if your diet is not dairy free or vegan.
Fruits. Melon, apples, citrus, berries, nuts, seeds, fresh mint.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
How to Make Watermelon Pizza
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
Step 1: Chop fruit for toppings. Slice berries in half. Slice apples and melons into slivered slices, peel citrus and clean slices of white pith. Chop pineapple, dragon fruit and mango into small dice.
Step 2. Using a sharp knife, cut the ends of a round baby watermelon, around 6-inches in diameter. Then cut the remaining center into 4 slices about 1-inch thick. Scoop the ends and eat the melon or save.
Step 3: Lay the slices flat, spread a teaspoon of lemon juice on one side of each slice. Then use a frosting knife to spread an even layer of yogurt on the same side.
Step 4: Layer on the yogurt chopped fruits and any additional toppings evenly. Sprinkle with freshly chopped mint, and slice "pizza" slices and serve.
Choosing a Watermelon
You'll want a ripe, sweet, firm watermelon for your watermelon fruit pizza slices. Look for these signs.
1. Heavy to lift, a sign the melon is sweet and not watery.
2. Has a dull shine, and wide dark green and light green stripes as wide as two fingers - all signs of sugar seeping, thus a sweet melon.
3. Large yellow field spot on one end. Yellow indicates where the melon sat in the field, getting ripe. A white spot or no spot means it didn't stay in the field that long, and might be less ripe and more bitter.
4. Sounds hollow. Knock on a melon and if you hear a hollow sound, it's full of juice.
1. Choose a ripe watermelon to be sure the meat is sweet.
2. Be sure the knife is a very sharp, and long enough to create evenly surfaced watermelon slices.
3. Use chilled watermelon, yogurt and fruits to start because once you top the watermelon pizza, it needs to be served right away and it tastes best chilled.
4. Add a touch of lemon juice before the yogurt level to help keep the watermelon crispy. However, if you prefer a sweeter watermelon flavor, you can leave it off.
5. Choose a yogurt without sweetener or flavors so the fresh fruit flavors shine through.
Refrigerated. Watermelon pizza is best eaten right away because the fruits on top will vary in how long they will last, but I have covered my slices in plastic wrap and refrigerated for a day successfully.
Frozen. It can be frozen a week or so fully topped as long as it is fully sealed, but how it looks once thawed depends on the yogurt you used, and how the fruits fared frozen.
Watermelon pizza meets the needs of anyone vegan, gluten free, paleo, dairy-free, and refined sugar free. Just be sure to use a dairy-free yogurt or a vegan and plant-based yogurt when needed.
Melon, apples, citrus, and berries pair well with the sweet flavor of watermelon.
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Watermelon Fruit Pizza with Yogurt
- 4 slices watermelon 7-10 inch round slabs
- 4 teaspoon lemon juice one per slice
- 2 cups yogurt
- 2 cups fresh fruit
- Using a sharp knife, cut the ends of a round baby watermelon, around 6-inches in diameter. Then cut the remaining center into 4 slices about 1-inch thick. Scoop the ends and eat the melon or save.4 slices watermelon, 4 teaspoon lemon juice
- Regarding the slices, use a spoon to spread a bit of lemon juice on one side of each slice.
- Prepare fruit for toppings. Slice berries in half. Slice apples and melons into slivered slices, peel citrus and clean slices of white pith. Chop pineapple, dragon fruit and mango into small dice.
Top watermelon slices
- Slather yogurt on the lemon juice side, leaving an inch of space at the edge, including the rind, to leave a finger hold.2 cups yogurt
- Spread fruit pieces in the yogurt, distributing evenly.2 cups fresh fruit
- Refrigerated. Watermelon pizza is best eaten right away because the fruits on top will vary in how long they will last, but I have covered my slices in plastic wrap and refrigerated for a day successfully.Frozen. It can be frozen a week or so fully topped as long as it is fully sealed, but how it looks once thawed depends on the yogurt you used, and how the fruits fared frozen.