Watermelon Star Sparklers + Lime Yogurt Dip – Watermelon stars and blueberries combine to make these fun, patriotic fruit sparklers. They’re a perfect, easy snack or side for summer. (Naturally Paleo, Vegan & Gluten-Free)
This summer has been so different than any summer before it–time feels so different without all the usual pool trips, weekend getaways, and family trips. So, we’ve been trying to mark the time with little things–Friday movie nights, playing board games during the week, and getting excited about holidays big and small.
These patriotic fruit sparklers are an adorable side dish for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veteran’s Day, but they’re also delightful at summer BBQs, pool parties, and cookouts. Even this year (*especially* this year), when we’re not doing our usual things, having a fun, easy way to celebrate at home feels more important to me.
Here’s all you need to make these cute fruit skewers…
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THESE PATRIOTIC FRUIT SPARKLERS:
- WATERMELON. I recommend seedless watermelon for these patriotic fruit skewers so that you don’t have to dig black seeds out of the stars, but use what you like or can find! You’ll be slicing it into rounds so that you can cut out star shapes for the fruit sparklers.
- BLUEBERRIES. Next, you’ll need some fresh blueberries. The blue is so pretty with the red of the watermelon! I usually put at least 4-5 blueberries on each skewer, but you can absolutely do more than that if your skewers are longer or you want them more full.
- A STAR-SHAPED COOKIE CUTTER OR KNIFE. To cut your watermelon stars, I recommend a star-shaped cookie cutter. (Don’t have one? Check out the FAQ for some tips on cutting stars with a knife.) I usually use a cookie cutter close to 3-3.5 inches wide.
- SKEWERS. To build your watermelon star sparklers, you’ll need skewers. I prefer 6-8″ skewers since they’re easier for kids to manage and a nice portion size if you’re serving a crowd. You can totally use longer skewers if you like!
- (OPTIONAL) FOR LIME YOGURT DIP: If you like, you can make a lime yogurt dip to go with the fruit skewers. It’s optional but pretty tasty. To make it, you’ll need plain yogurt, honey or agave, lime zest + lime juice. (Dairy-free? Check out the FAQ for some of our favorite brands!)
HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON BLUEBERRY FRUIT SPARKLERS STEP-BY-STEP:
- FIRST, CUT WATERMELON INTO ROUND SLICES. Use a sharp knife to cut the watermelon width-wise into rounds. (You’ll only need 3-4 rounds to make fruit sparklers.) You ideally want the thickness of the slices to match the depth of your cookie cutter. (i.e. if the cookie cutter is 1″ deep, slice the watermelon 1″ thick, etc.)
- SECOND, CUT OUT WATERMELON STARS: If you have a star cookie cutter, use it to cut out stars from your watermelon circles. I try to place the stars close together so there isn’t a lot of leftover watermelon in each circle. (PS – the FAQ has lots of ideas for leftover watermelon!)
- THEN, SLIDE FRUIT ONTO SKEWERS. Now, you’re ready to assemble the watermelon star sparklers. Slide at least 4-5 blueberries onto the pointed end of each skewer, leaving about 1″ empty at the top. Then, add the watermelon stars on top. You’re done!
- OPTIONAL: MIX UP THE LIME YOGURT DIP. If you want to go one step further, mix up some lime yogurt dip to go with the fruit skewers. You just need to whisk everything together!
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR PRETTY FRUIT SPARKLERS:
A TIP FOR CUTTING STARS EASILY. I’ve found that pushing down the cookie cutter can be tricky for little ones (and get tough on your hands!). I’ve found it’s WAY easier to cut (and much gentler on hands!) if you use a plate or cutting board to press the cookie cutter down. (See the video if you want an example!)
DON’T HAVE A COOKIE CUTTER? TRY THIS! If you don’t have a star cookie cutter, you can make a template by drawing a star on parchment paper, cutting it out, and using a sharp knife to trace the template. It’s a bit more time-intensive, but it works!
GET CREATIVE WITH SHAPES! If you like, you can always swap out the stars for hearts, circles, or other fun shapes! All you need is a cookie cutter.
OTHER YUMMY FRUITS TO TRY. I love the simplicity of watermelon and blueberries, but you can also add other colors and flavors by mixing in other fruits on the skewers. Strawberries, banana slices, pineapple, and blackberries are some of my favorites!
WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER WATERMELON. Since you’re cutting stars out of the watermelon, you’ll be left with some odds and ends. I usually just dice them up into pieces and eat them, but you can also use them for Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles, Watermelon Lime Refreshers, or Watermelon Slushies.
DAIRY-FREE? TRY THESE! You can use your favorite unsweetened yogurt for the yogurt dip. For dairy-free options, we like CoYo, Culina, or So Delicious dairy-free yogurts. They all work great for this dip!
MORE YUMMY SUMMER RECIPES TO TRY:
- Refrigerator Dill Pickles
- Bruschetta Grilled Chicken
- Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad
- Settlers Beans (BEST Baked Beans Ever!)
- Broccoli Bacon Salad
- The BEST Homemade Popsicles
HELPFUL FOR MAKING THESE PATRIOTIC FRUIT SKEWERS:
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