Cucumber-Lime Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream & Tarragon

Enjoy this classic Italian treat with vanilla ice cream and fresh tarragon leaves for a real treat.
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cucumber lime granita with vanilla ice cream and tarragon

Recipe by Alexa Weibel

Start to Finish: 30 minutes (plus 8 hours for freezing)

Servings: 8


  • 2 large English cucumbers (12 to 14 oz. each)—peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 3 cups)

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp. lime zest plus 2 tbsp. juice (from 1 to 2 limes)

  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1 qt. vanilla ice cream, for serving

  • Fresh tarragon leaves, for garnish


1. In a blender, puree the cucumbers, sugar, lime zest and juice, and kosher salt for the granita. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan. Cover and freeze until the granita is solid, about 8 hours.

2. Using a fork, scrape the granita until flakes form. Spoon the granita into glasses or bowls. Top with the ice cream. Garnish with the tarragon.