Pickled Watermelon Harvest


Pickled Watermelon Harvest

Pickled Watermelon Harvest
4 cups
8 Hr
1 Hr

Now there's another reason to be wild about watermelon! Our Pickled Watermelon Harvest recipe is a tangy, sweet, and spicy combo of pickled watermelon rind, cauliflower, and carrots. This healthy go-along relish will wake up your taste buds in a flash!

What You'll Need

  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 3 cups 1-inch chunks peeled watermelon rind (see Tips)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • Zest of one orange

What to Do

  1. In a large pot over high heat, bring 8 cups water and the watermelon rind to a boil. Boil 15 to 20 minutes, or until rind is fork-tender; drain and return rind to the pot.
  2. Add remaining water, the carrots, cauliflower, vinegar, sugar, cloves and orange zest; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook 35 to 40 minutes, or until liquid has thickened slightly, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and chill overnight before serving.


  • To prepare watermelon rind for this recipe, cut up a watermelon, separating the sweet pink meat from the white rind. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the green skin off the rind, then cut the rind into 1-inch chunks.

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I can remember my grandma making what she called watermelon preserves. Could this be the same thing? It's funny I was thinking about these the other day, and wished I knew how she made them. I have a recipe I would like to send and see if you could cut it down for 2 - 4 people. We like it but it makes up such a big bowl full. It's a macaroni salad. Let me know if I can send to you. I enjoy your show. I watch for it every day. Thank you, PF

The recipe I used 35 years ago to made pickled watermelon rind was intense work, contained oil of cinnamon but worth the effort. I will try this"easy" recipe.

When I was pregnant (long ago) I craved sweet pickled watermelon rind. Had never even heard of it before - and discovered it on a buffet!

Cant wait to try this. My Grandmother used to make pickled watermellon using the red hot candy. I will think of her as i make this. Thanks!


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