Watermelon Cranberry Sauce

As holiday events get into full swing the celebratory red of watermelon can be a fun surprise for your consumers. Consider upgrading your cranberry sauce with watermelon!

Serves: 4 cups|Prep: 20 minutes|Cook: 25 minutes|Total: 45 minutes |Provided by Watermelon Board


  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon (juice squeezed from the lemon)
  • 1 lemon (zest from the lemon)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 2 cups minced watermelon


  1. Heat cranberries, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and zest in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat until it simmers.
  2. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add the maple syrup and cinnamon to the pan. Simmer another few minutes.
  4. Remove from heat to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in watermelon and serve warm or chill and serve cold.

About National Watermelon Promotion Board

The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB), based in Winter Springs, Florida, was established in 1989 as an agricultural promotion group to promote watermelon in the United States and in various markets abroad. Funded through a self-mandated industry assessment paid by more than 1,500 watermelon producers, handlers and importers, NWPB’s mission is to increase consumer demand for watermelon through promotion, research, and education programs. The Foodservice Program strives to place more watermelon on menus year-round, offering menu development and promotion support to operators across the country. Watermelon’s health, value, and versatility lend itself to all menus. For additional information, visit https://www.watermelon.org/.