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Mascarpone and Lime Topped Watermelon

A quick and easy dessert. Perfect ending for a summer meal.

The right dessert can make that special meal incredible

About five years ago my dear friends Meg and Aaron invited me for dinner at their place on the Jersey shore. If you don’t know where the Jersey Shore is, go south from Manhattan for about an hour or so and then direct East until you hit sand. The Jersey shore is a mini-paradise for those who know it, and the locals just call the beach. The summer in Joisey (as the strong accent proliferates now in my head) the weather is hot and sunny. Being invited to have dinner at my friend’s place on the ocean was special.

My two friends love to cook and love food. Aaron was the chef that night for this invited meal. They live directly in front of the ocean (lucky them), in a cute and lively apartment. Belmar in the summer is a touristy area and everyone is walking around enjoying sun and fun. The meal that night was stupendous (it is true Aaron, you are an amazing cook!) but it was his dessert that left a strong memory to the meal. With the warm summer breezes and my stomach pleasantly full, this light and simple dessert hit the spot. I have made it again several times and it is still delicious each time. But I will admit, this dessert tastes even better sitting in front of the ocean on  a warm summer night.

Thank you Aaron, I present you with the recipe for Mascarpone and Lime Topped Watermelon.

A small dessert portion is just right to feel satiated

I don’t think dessert necessarily has to be healthy. A dessert needs some ingredients in it that gives a good mouth feel, such as, cream or fat. Eating a smaller portion of a lighter dessert is a healthy option to ‘having your cake and eating it too.’

This dessert has a fruit part and the creamy topping is full-packed with flavor, you don’t need to add much of the topping to the watermelon to make the dessert taste right.

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Buon Appetito. Enjoy the recipe.

Mascarpone and Lime Topped Watermelon

Serves 8-10
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Milk
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
A meal on a hot summer day should be light. This dessert fits the bill with its pretty look and varied textured taste. A cold watermelon dessert to enjoy with young and old alike.


  • 1 Whole Watermelon (Preferably seedless)
  • 8oz Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 Juice of Lime
  • 1 bunch Fresh Mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/8 cup Granulated sugar


This dessert tastes best in hot weather. The watermelon should be cold before adding the topping and served quickly. Don't hesitate to decrease the sugar in the cream but it needs some sweet flavor. You could add honey as a substitute for granulated sugar.


Step 1
Mix all ingredients except watermelon and mint with a fork or whisk in a bowl until creamy.
Step 2
Cut watermelon into large decorative squares removing the peel from each square.
Step 3
Wash the mint and remove the leaves from the stem.
Step 4
Lay out individual plates for number of servings and top each plate with a piece of watermelon.
Step 5
Add a small dollop of mascarpone cream on top of each piece of watermelon.
Step 6
Put a mint leaf on top of mascarpone cream and serve.
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12 Responses to Mascarpone and Lime Topped Watermelon

  1. Ash Jones APD (Off-Duty Dietitian) June 27, 2012 at 05:30 #

    What a fantastic idea! This is one of the most creative dessert recipes I’ve seen in a long time, I love it!

    • mbrighton June 27, 2012 at 15:49 #

      Hi! Thanks so much for your supportive comment!

  2. Molly Jones June 27, 2012 at 04:49 #

    Hi! This dessert looks delicious. I live on the beach in Charleston, SC and can only imagine how refreshing this dessert would be on a hot day! I am interning with Regan Jones and love looking at all of the great ReDux recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    Molly Jones
    Intern for ReganMillerJones, Inc.

    • mbrighton June 27, 2012 at 15:50 #

      This dessert is perfect in front of the ocean. Something about the ocean air and eating this light dessert-it goes together. Enjoy!

  3. Becky June 24, 2012 at 16:48 #

    What a simple, yet refreshing looking recipe – perfect for the summer heat!

  4. ~ The Lady in Red ~ June 23, 2012 at 20:48 #

    First, you made me laugh: “go south from Manhattan for about a hour or so and then direct East until you hit sand.” <—love it!

    Second, I can't praise you ENOUGH for stating how locals call the Jersey Shore "the beach". Bravo! 🙂

    This recipe is so easy and looks so good that it's going to become my "go to" summer dessert. Thank you for sharing it!

  5. Ashley Oswald June 22, 2012 at 20:15 #

    Hi, my name is Ashley Oswald and I am interning with the Meal Makeover Moms. This dessert is so light and simple, yet sure to satisfy. There’s nothing better than fruit-based desserts in the summer, in my opinion! Love it.

  6. Chef Michelle June 21, 2012 at 21:56 #

    Sounds delicious, especially in this current heat wave!

  7. Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer June 21, 2012 at 16:36 #

    I love the simplicity of this dessert. Sounds ideal for the hot weather most of us of experiencing this week. Seems like it’s perfect for drop-in guests.


  1. Laura Madsen - June 23, 2012

    RT @BrightonHealth: Mascarpone and Lime Topped #Watermelon – Looks refreshing & easy for #summer! #recipe

  2. Mary-Jo Overwater - June 21, 2012

    @BrightonHealth Thnx,M! So simple, yet unique! light ending for a special meal with friends or…

  3. Mary Brighton - June 21, 2012

    An easy and gourmet dessert ideally served on a summer evening. A light ending for a special meal with friends or…

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