Fresh Homemade Watermelon Juice is a refreshing summer cooler made using just 2 ingredients, watermelon, and black salt (or lime juice), in under a minute. It’s healthy, delicious, and super easy to make. Here is how to juice a watermelon (vegan, gluten-free).
About Homemade Watermelon Juice
I like to start my mornings with a tall glass of juice made using fresh fruits, veggies, and no added sugar, and this delicious and refreshing Fresh Homemade Watermelon Juice is my current favorite.
These days with watermelons available almost around the year, I have this juice for breakfast most days, along with this yummy watermelon smoothie that I just started making.
While eating fruits is the best way to consume them, I eat very little. By juicing the fruits, although a few fibers get lost, I still get my share of vitamins and minerals right at the beginning of the day, and it’s much healthier than drinking sugar-loaded drinks.
Making this easy fresh watermelon juice at home is super simple. All you have to do is chop the watermelon and blend it. No need for any fancy high-speed blender. Your regular one will work perfectly fine. There is no need to worry about the watermelon seeds as well.
I like to flavor it with a bit of black salt; you can use lime juice too! You can buy a chopped watermelon to save time, and your juice will be ready in just a minute.
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Health Benefits Of Watermelon Juice
Now that you are convinced about the super easy process of making this juice let me make you a fan by telling you about the multiple benefits this juice has.
Hydration is key! Watermelon is almost 90% water, and it keeps you well hydrated.
It also helps to burn calories as it is rich in amino acids, making it great for weight loss.
This juice is full of electrolytes and thus helps prevent heatstroke and cools your body down.
It also contains loads of fiber, which encourages a healthy digestive system.
Watermelon contains antioxidants and Vit C, which helps your skin glow. It also has Vitamin A, which encourages collagen growth, resulting in young and supple skin.
Watermelon has lycopene which gives it a beautiful red color. This lycopene helps promote good cardiovascular health and controls the risk of other diseases. You must also know that watermelon has more lycopene as compared to tomatoes.
It is also high in potassium, which helps you recover when you drink it after an exercise or workout.
It also reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Pick up a juicy watermelon from your grocery store, and you are good to make the juice. I like adding a little black salt to my watermelon juice as it takes it to the next level; it is optional.
Black salt’s earthy flavor elevates watermelon’s sweetness like no other ingredient. Try this combination once, and I can promise you will be hooked.
You can also add a little black pepper powder, chaat masala, fresh mint leaves, chopped ginger, lime juice, or lemon juice while making the juice. These ingredients change the taste of the juice slightly and have health benefits.
You can add other fruits like oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates, etc., and berries like strawberries, raspberries, etc., along with watermelon.
How To Make Fresh Watermelon Juice
Keep a watermelon in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. However, you can always chill the ready juice later if you forget to cool it.
I used a small watermelon, roughly 3 pounds (1.5 kg), but you can juice as much as you want.
Rinse the watermelon and remove the watermelon rind using a sharp knife. Cut the flesh roughly into 1-inch pieces.
You will get approximately 26 oz (750 g) of watermelon flesh.
Make The Juice
Add the pieces to a blender or a food processor. Don’t worry about the seeds, if there are any.
Tip – Some blenders are not powerful enough and need some liquid at their base to start the blending. In this case, add just a handful of watermelon pieces to the blender and blend them before adding the rest.
Blend for 10-12 seconds. Do not over-blend; otherwise, the seeds (if any) will also blend along with the pulp.
Keep a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Pour the watermelon juice into the strainer. Press with the back of a spoon to get as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
The watermelon I used had many seeds, so I passed the juice through a fine mesh strainer to eliminate them. You can use a nut milk bag too.
If you are using seedless watermelon and ok with some pulp coming into your mouth, you can skip this process.
Add black salt and mix well. Adding black salt is optional, but it gives a delicious flavor to this juice, so highly recommended.
Pour the watermelon juice into glasses and serve. You can also refrigerate it for a few hours if the watermelon was not chilled earlier. Adding a few ice cubes to the juice before serving is also recommended.
Pro Tips By Neha
Choose the best watermelon that you can. Your juice will be as good as your watermelon.
Cut the watermelon beforehand and store it in the fridge for an hour or two. When you blend it, you get a refreshing chilled drink that will give you instant relief from the heat.
Add sweeteners like sugar, agave, or maple syrup if the watermelon is not sweet enough.
If the juice separates as it sits, stir it using a spoon.
If you use seedless watermelon and ok with some pulp coming into your mouth, you can skip straining the juice.
Add some coconut water to the juice to increase its nutritional benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Choose a ripe, juicy, and seedless watermelon. Here are a few pointers for choosing the best ripe watermelon.
1. The ripe watermelon should feel heavy for its size.
2. Watermelon develops a splotch, also called field spot or yellow spot, where they rest on the ground. When this splotch is creamy yellow, it’s ripe.
3. Tap the underbelly of the watermelon. A ripe one will have a deep hollow sound, while the under-ripe or over-ripe melons will sound dull.
Cut the upper and lower ends of the watermelon. Then cut it from the center. Once done, lay half the watermelon on the cutting board (flesh part down towards the board), and start peeling the rind with the knife. No white part should remain on the cut watermelon. Remove the rind altogether. Once the peeling is done, you can cut it in whatever shape and size you desire.
Uncut watermelon can be kept at room temperature for 7-8 days.
Cubed watermelon will stay good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. The frozen watermelon, once thawed, is not great to eat on its own, but it is suitable for juicing.
Yes, you can serve it to kids and toddlers. But it has high water content, so it is not filling and can make the kids hungry faster.
Don’t have a blender, don’t worry. You can still make this juice. Just chop the watermelon into big pieces and grate it using a hand grater. As it has a lot of water content, you will get a lot of juice once you grate it. Once done, you can drink the juice with some pulp or strain it using a strainer.
Slow juicer retains more nutrients than blender as they do not heat up while juicing. So if you have one, use it to juice the watermelon.
Yes, you can drink this juice every day. It has many health benefits, and drinking it regularly will improve your health.
Yes, there could be disadvantages if this juice is taken in large quantities.
1. It could induce diarrhea and other stomach-related problems.
2. It can increase glucose levels, so if you are a diabetic, be careful.
3. It can also cause cardiovascular problems.
Yes, you can! Drinking it on an empty stomach is good if you have acidity. It helps to soothe it down and will make you feel better.
With Oranges – You can extract the juice of oranges using a citrus press or an electric fruit juice and then mix it with watermelon juice. We like mixing equal parts of the juice for a citrusy and refreshing flavor. You can replace orange juice with grapefruits, lime, or lemons juice.
With Strawberries – Add a cup of hulled and cored strawberries and watermelon to the blender and make the juice. You can replace strawberries with other berries like raspberry, mulberry, etc.
Coconut Water – Add coconut water to the watermelon juice to make a variation.
You can add lime juice, ginger, and mint while blending for a refreshing taste.
Add other fruits like cantaloupe, honeydew, mangoes, and watermelon for a variation.
Add a splash of white rum, gin, vodka, or tequila to make an adult version.
You can serve this delicious watermelon juice for breakfast or serve it as a refreshing snack on a hot day in the summer.
Make sure to serve it chilled, though. To ensure the juice is chilled as soon as I make it, I refrigerate the watermelon for a few hours before juicing. If you have forgotten, refrigerate the ready juice or add a few ice cubes.
You can freeze it in popsicle molds and make it fun for the kids.
It can also be used as a flavorful and colorful surprise in sparkling water or tonic water.
I recommend making it fresh because it’s easy and hardly takes any time. But if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container for about 2 days in the fridge.
You can freeze it in a freezer-safe container or a ziplock freezer bag for up to a month. Thaw and serve.
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Fresh Homemade Watermelon Juice Recipe
- 3 pounds watermelon (1.5 kg, or 750 g peeled and cubed watermelon.)
- 1 teaspoon black salt (or lime juice)
- Keep a watermelon in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. However, you can always chill the ready juice later if you forgot to cool it.
- Rinse the watermelon and remove the watermelon rind using a sharp knife. Cut the flesh roughly into 1-inch pieces.
- You will get approximately 26 oz (750 g) of watermelon flesh.
Make The Juice (In A Blender)
- Add the pieces to a blender or a food processor. Don’t worry about the seeds, if there are any.
- Tip – Some blenders are not powerful enough and they need some liquid at their base to start the blending. In this case, start by adding just a handful of watermelon pieces to the blender and blend them before adding the rest of the pieces.
- Blend for 10-12 seconds. Do not over-blend; otherwise, the seeds (if any) will also blend along with the pulp.
- Keep a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Pour the watermelon juice into the strainer. Press with the back of a spoon to get as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
- The watermelon I used had many seeds, so I passed the juice through a fine mesh strainer to eleminate them. You can use a nut milk bag too.
- If you are using seedless watermelon and ok with some pulp coming into your mouth, you can skip this process.
- Add black salt and mix well. Adding black salt is optional, but it gives a delicious flavor to this juice, so highly recommended.
- Pour the watermelon juice into glasses and serve. You can also refrigerate it for a few hours if the watermelon was not chilled earlier. Adding a few ice cubes to the juice before serving is also recommended.
Make The Juice (In A slow Juice)
- Add the watermelon pieces to the spout of the slow juice and process the juice.
- Add black salt or lime juice to the juice and stir well.
- Serve over ice.