This Lemon Cucumber Granita is easy to make and refreshing. In this sweet icy treat, the sharp lemon and cool cucumber pair beautifully.
This refreshing granita combines sharp lemons with the fresh flavour of cucumber.
Perfect for a hot summer's day, the icy crystals are bursting with flavour.
At once a grown-up slush puppy or a frozen salad, either way, it's sweet and tangy, cooling and tart.
With no need for an ice cream maker, all you have to do is blend the cucumber and add it to sugared water with lemon juice, then run a fork through it regularly as it freezes to break up the ice. It's simple, flavourful and delicious.
Tip: Any leftover cucumber puree is lovely stirred into sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or added to a gin and tonic.
This recipe was created for my cookbook, Veggie Desserts + Cakes!
Why you'll love this recipe
- It's a healthy dairy free alternative to ice cream.
- This granita brings together the great flavor combination of cucumber and lemon.
- It's a hidden vegetable recipe.
- Cucumber granita is refreshing and tasty.
- Enjoy it as a palate cleanser or dessert.
- You only need 5 minutes prep time, plus freezing.
- This recipe takes just 3 simple ingredients.
- You can make granita from any fruit!
- Caster sugar (superfine)
- Lemon juice - try swapping for lime juice for a different flavor!
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Cucumber Lemon Granita (Veggie Desserts Cookbook)
*Most of the prep time is waiting for the granita to cool and freeze.
- 500 ml water
- 250 g caster sugar (superfine)
- 300 g cucumber (approx 1 cucumber), unpeeled
- 250 ml lemon juice (approx 5 lemons)
- Put the water into the saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves completely, then remove from the heat and allow it to cool, which will take about 30 minutes.
- Cut the unpeeled cucumber in half lengthways. Run a teaspoon along the length to scoop out the seeds and discard.
- Cut the remaining cucumber into chunks and puree in a food processor or with a hand blender. Measure out 250ml/9fl ozof the cucumber and use the rest for something else (see tip above).
- Combine the cucumber puree and lemon juice and press through a fine-mesh strainer/sieve over a bowl to collect the juice. Add the cucumber lemon juice to the sugar syrup and stir.
- Pour the mixture into a shallow freezer container and freeze for 30 minutes, or until ice crystals form around the edges. Break up the ice crystals wiht a fork, then return to the freezer.
- Repeat every 30 minutes, 3-4 times until the granita is fluffy and completely made of ice crystals.
- Scrape into dishes to serve. If the granita becomes too firm before serving, allow it to soften in the fridge until you can scrape it again.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
Oh this sounds truly delicious - I love the sound of the sharpness but refreshing taste from the cucumber - my kinda of treat
Wow I must say I have never expected to see a cucumber in a granita. This must be very refreshing!
Thanks for this simple, healthy recipe Kate! Looking forward to this healthy snack on my hot summer holidays! yum yum 😀
This was SO refreshing. I made it for a lighter dinner party dessert. I must put the book on my wish list!
This recipe looks so delicious! Definitely have to try this recipe out as soon as possible. Thanks for the share, love checking out your blog.
Wow this sounds so refreshing! Perfect ending to a summer backyard barbecue. And o fly now I'm craving a big old jug of ice cold cucumber water-lol. X
I'm literally salivating thinking about this. Book marked to try next weekend! Thank you 🙂
This sounds so refreshing, perfect for a hot summers day - now all we need is the sun toe come back
This sounds absolutely amazing. As does your cookbook. I'd never think of incorporating cucumber into a dessert.
I've never had anything like this before but I think it sounds amazing! I love lemon and cucumber together so I guess there's no reason why it won't work! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x x
This sounds so deliciously refreshing! Perfect for the hot summer weather 🙂
I love cucumbers. It's so refreshing for summer. And this looks absolutely delicious! I have to try to make this soon 🙂
This looks fantastic! Easy & refreshing, right up my alley. I can't wait to make this. Congrats on the cookbook, I'll definitely check it out now!
I saw your cookbook on Bintu's blog and it looks amazing. We all want to get more veggies into our diet in our household
This is perfect for a hot summers day! I'd love to have this by the beach. Ah, wishful thinking. x
It sounds delicious and I'm not even a particular fan of cucumber
Sarah Irving | The Urban Wanderer
Ooh, Kate! That sounds lovely and looks equally lovely too. I'm not much of a dessert person, but that looks right up my street, being fresh and light. Might have to give it a go when my friends are over next week.