Summer Melon Salad
This refreshing Summer Melon Salad recipe is made with juicy ripe honeydew melon, watermelon and cantaloupe tossed in a delicious lime dressing and tossed with fresh mint. It’s one of those fruit salad recipes that’s you’ll want to make for backyard barbecues and potlucks!
This fresh and juicy melon salad is a refreshing mix of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew all tossed in a simple honey lime dressing and speckled with fresh mint.
Melon Salad Recipe
- Lime juice and zest
- Use lemon instead of lime for the dressing
- Add basil instead of mint
How to Make Melon Salad
This Summer Melon Salad recipe comes together in a pinch!!
- Made dressing: Mix the honey and lime juice in a small bowl until well blended. Stir in the lime zest.
- Cut melon: Chop the melon into bite size pieces. Add it all to a large mixing bowl and toss to mix it up.
- Drizzle dressing: Drizzle the dressing over the melon and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with mint: Sprinkle mint into the salad and toss again.
How to Tell if a Cantaloupe is Ripe
Cantaloupe is beige in color with a slightly raised webbing texture on the outside. If the melon has visible green areas, this means that the fruit isn’t ripe yet. A perfectly ripe cantaloupe will have a slight cantaloupe aroma. Don’t choose melons with soft bruising spots or dark decaying spots.
How to Cut Cantaloupe
- Lay the melon on a cutting board and cut off 1/2 to 1 inch off of each end of the melon.
- Stand the melon on one of the cut sides and carefully cut away the rind. You’ll want to cut deep enough to see the juicy flesh of the melon.
- Cut the melon in half.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out the seeds and stringy center parts of the cantaloupe.
- Place the cantaloupe center part down on a cutting board and cut into wedges, then cut wedges into chunks.
Honeydew vs Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe is a little less sweet and has a softer flesh than honeydew, and cantaloupe provides a little more vitamin C and vitamin A compared to honeydew.
Benefits of Melon
We all know how important it is to drink plenty of water, especially during the warm summer months, but you can also quench your thirst by eating hydrating foods like watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew.
- Benefits of Watermelon. Watermelon is also a rich source of lycopene which is an antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables. It contains more lycopene than raw tomatoes, and the redder and riper the watermelon, the better.
- Benefits of Cantaloupe. Cantaloupe it’s very hydrating to the skin, giving your skin a fresh plump and glowing appearance. Cantaloupe is rich with vitamins A and C, beta-carotene and other carotenoids.
- Benefits of Honeydew. Honeydew is rich with potassium which may help maintain healthy blood pressure. It’s also a good source of folate which helps break down homocysteine which is linked to a reduce bone mineral density over time. Honeydew is about 90% water and it contains electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium).
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- 4 cups watermelon, peeled and cut into chunks
- 4 cups cantaloupe, peeled and cut into chunks
- 4 cups honeydew melon, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup clover honey
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 heaping teaspoon grated lime zest
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
- Mix the honey and lime juice in a small bowl until well blended. Stir in the lime zest.
- Add all of the cut up melon to a large bowl and add the honey lime dressing. Toss to coat the melon. Place the salad onto your serving plate/platter then sprinkle with salt and mint over the top before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 3gSugar: 48gProtein: 2g
theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.