Cucumber Basil Granita

Cucumber and basil are a delightful pair. You’ll enjoy the unusual combination in this cool, refreshing treat.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 4 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 4 large cucumbers
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • ⅛ tsp. salt


  • Remove the seeds and half of the peel from the cucumbers, and chop into chunks.
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and purée until very smooth.
  • Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Pour into a covered container and place in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove from the freezer, and stir the frozen crystals into the center of the container with a fork. Return container to the freezer, and repeat the process every 30–45 minutes, stirring carefully each time, until you have a fully frozen container of crystallized granita.