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Watermelon Dessert Soup: A Favorite Summer-Time Treat

Watermelon Soup

August 3rd was National Watermelon Day and I was faced with a decision: do I completely ignore it like the zillion other unnecessary “holidays” or is today the day that I actually embrace it?

Since I already had my favorite watermelon beer waiting for me in my refrigerator, I decided that we’re celebrating National Watermelon Day! Of course, I can’t merely honor the watermelon by drinking a beer (just kidding…I totally can!) but I thought my family might enjoy partaking in this watermelon extravaganza.

I whipped up a watermelon dessert that I’ve enjoyed at many family parties. Seeing as this was a last-minute plan, I altered the recipe for convenience sake and I’m pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.

[Note: The recipe calls for small tapioca pearls which are typically found in an Asian grocery store. I didn’t have time to go to a separate store, so I substituted this ingredient with Minute Tapioca from the baking aisle.]

Watermelon Dessert Soup Recipe

(Makes 8-10 servings)


  • 1 small seedless watermelon cut into half-inch “bite-sized” chunks (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (or minute tapioca)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or soy)
  • 1 can coconut milk

Watermelon Ingredients


  • In a medium saucepan, bring water, sugar, and milk to a boil. Mix occasionally.
  • Turn off heat and add the coconut milk.
  • Let cool, transfer to large bowl, and place in the refrigerator for later.
  • Place tapioca pearls (or minute tapioca) in a separate bowl and soak in water to allow them to expand (about 15 minutes).
  • Bring 4 cups of water to boil, turn off heat, and add the tapioca pearls for 3 minutes.  Transfer to strainer and rinse tapioca pearls with cold water.
  • Slowly mix in the tapioca pearls to the refrigerated coconut milk mixture.
  • Place 2 cups of chopped watermelon in a food processor or blender.
  • Add blended watermelon and watermelon chunks to coconut milk tapioca mixture just before you are ready to serve. Mix thoroughly and enjoy!


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