Sweet and Spicy Mixed Berry Watermelon Cups

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Berry Watermelon Cups. Photo by Rachel Valley
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Berry Watermelon Cups. Photo by Rachel Valley

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Berry Watermelon Cups: A Flavor Explosion by Dennis Sydnor

Chef Dennis Sydnor presents his exquisite creation, Sweet and Spicy Mixed Berry Watermelon Cups—a delightful masterpiece that showcases the vibrant flavors of the season in a single, irresistible bite.

These watermelon cups are a testament to the creativity and imagination that summer inspires. They are not just a dish; they are a work of art. The combination of juicy seedless watermelon, succulent strawberries, plump blackberries, and fragrant mint leaves forms a symphony of flavors and textures that dance on your taste buds.

The preparation is both fun and rewarding. The watermelon cubes are carefully hollowed out to create the perfect vessel for the berry mixture, which is marinated with lemon zest, honey, and cayenne pepper for a burst of zesty and spicy goodness.

To add a touch of flair and an extra layer of flavor, each watermelon cube is dipped in tajín, infusing them with a tangy and spicy kick that perfectly complements the sweet berry filling. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the season’s bounty, and get ready to savor the harmonious blend of sweet and spicy in every delightful bite.

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Berry Watermelon Cups. Photo by Rachel Valley

Sweet And Spicy Mixed Berry Watermelon Cups

Recipe by Dennis Sydnor
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 12


  • 1 seedless watermelon, rind removed
  • 1 pound strawberries, finely diced
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ¼ cup tajin


  • Cut watermelon into about 24 cubes, 1½ inches in size. Use a melon baller or spoon to scoop out center of each watermelon cube.
  • Rinse berries and pat dry. Finely dice strawberries and slice blackberries into fourths. Combine berries, mint, and lemon zest in large mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together cayenne pepper, honey, and kosher salt. Drizzle that over berry mixture, then gently mix until evenly coated. Marinate in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Pour tajín onto plate and dip watermelon cubes in it to coat the tops. Place coated cubes on serving platter, then scoop berry mixture into each, filling to the top. Keep chilled until ready to serve.


Reserve removed watermelon flesh for cocktails or snacking.