Light Cucumber-Lime Granita Print Recipe Print Recipe


Guess what?? I’m drinking smoothies!! Things are looking up, guys.

Well, for the most part… one didn’t stay down the other day. Okay, is this kid ALREADY a picky eater?!

This and few new ones have been my go-to, which I’ll share on the blog soon, but this is a big step for me.



Thankfully the heat hasn’t been too bad, but then again, I’m hanging at the ‘rents who have AC. Before this, I was eating this by the spoonful, just to help stay cool.

It worked and I was happy.

This recipe came from my recent Cooking Light magazine and was only a matter of minutes before it was in my freezer.

I love how easy and  delicious this granita turned out and now inspired to test out a few more recipes while summer is still here.



I can’t seem to get enough of the combination of lime and cucumbers, whether it’s in the form of a smoothie, cut up in water or in the form of a dessert.

It’s refreshing, light, not too sweet, which on these warm summer days is my version of perfection.



Cucumber-Lime Granita

[Recipe lightly adapted from Cooking Light Magazine]

PRINT Recipe


  • Heaping tablespoon lime rind, grated
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup purified water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • 1 pound [about 1 large] english cucumber, peeled & chopped


In a medium saucepan, combine lime rind, lime juice, sugar, water, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the mint sprigs. Let stand for 10 minutes [off heat]. Remove and discard mint.

Once the mixture has cooled, add to the blender along with the cucumbers. Blend until completely smooth. Pour mixture into a baking dish [11×7″], cover and place in the freezer for about 3 1/2-4 hours, removing every hour and scrapping the mixture with a fork, then putting it back in the freezer.

Serve when ready and enjoy!


Serves about 6

*gluten-free *dairy-free *vegan

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  • Heather Disarro

    sounds like heaven, pregnant or not!

  • Gena@BakeAllTheThings!

    Ooooh that sounds perfectly lovely right now in this heat!

  • Kasey

    I agree with that!

  • Brian Samuels

    This is fabulous, Lisa! I don’t do well with extreme temps, so I plan on making a batch of this while I’m on the Cape to keep cool. Glad you’re making progress with the food! đŸ˜‰

  • Kelly Brisson

    What a refreshing treat! Can’t wait to make this. Thanks Lisa!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    Granitas make such a good summertime dessert. This looks so refreshing!

  • leah

    This looks and sounds so refreshing! What a great alternative to the normal summer treats we all know!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Jeanette Chen

    Sounds like a great way to stay hydrated – I haven’t made granita before, but I know my kids would love it.

  • Sommer Collier

    Wow, does that ever look refreshing. Perfect for sitting outside on the deck…

  • Alison Lewis

    oh i love this!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    This looks soooooo refreshing. I love the cucumber and lime and mint together!!

  • Maria

    So refreshing!

  • Anonymous

    Ooh. I think i’m in love! What a refreshing treat!

  • Aida Mollenkamp

    I’ve been making granita over here as well! Will share the recipe in a few days time. And, no, I don’t think you’ve got a picky eater on your hands. I mean that would just be cruel for a food person, no?

  • Kate

    This looks great! And I have a slew of cucumbers to eat up too!