Sweet Melon Salad

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If you’re bored of the same old fruit salad, this Sweet Melon Salad can add some interest to your next picnic or potluck. The next time you are invited to a summer gathering, fill up on melon balls and other gems!

I love making a Summer Melon Salad for a treat during the holidays. It doesn’t take too much time to throw together and the countless Benefits of Melon makes this recipe more healthy.

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Sweet Melon Salad

The Mint and Melon Salad recipe I have for you today is utterly delicious in its simplicity. It takes just 10 minutes, has only 4 ingredients, and is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free!

mint melon salad in a serving bowl

WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE FOR WATERMELON AND MINT SALAD

I’m sure you’ve heard of the acronym KISS—Keep it simple, stupid. Well, I had to keep reminding myself of this while I was working on this recipe. I had to almost literally slap my own hand as I reached for just one more ingredient to add to this melon salad.

But I’m telling you right now I’m so happy that I resisted. This minty melon salad is perfect. The honey and lemon juice create an amazingly light, sweet, and tart dressing that pairs so well with the melon.  Then the mint adds just the right amount of zing, freshness, color, and texture. 

This fruit salad would be absolutely lovely served at your next brunch. It would also serve as a great ending to a fun cook-out on a warm summer night or even a perfect afternoon snack.

This melon salad was a great reminder for me that when you’re making food with fresh local ingredients at their peak of freshness you don’t need to overcomplicate things. Let them shine in their simplicity. Just sit back and KISS!

KEY INGREDIENTS FOR THIS RECIPE

HONEY

Melon is already fairly sweet in its simplicity, so you really don’t need too much. Taste the melon beforehand and if you feel like the melon you chose is already really sweet, you can even use less honey than I did. This might depend on how in the season the melon is that you’re buying, and how ripe it is.

LEMON JUICE

Any type of citrus juice is wonderful on melon. I used fresh lemon juice, but if you only have pre-squeezed lemon juice that’s fine too. You can also use lime juice (if you must).

MELON CUBES

I did decide to use a mix of melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew) because I thought the different colors would make it even prettier. And I wasn’t wrong. After I tossed it and put it in the bowl it was a thing of glory.  Simple, stunning, and yummy. What more can you ask for?

FRESH MINT

Fresh mint can usually be found at most grocery stores in the produce section. I’d recommend seeing if you can find organic mint to avoid any pesticides, but any mint is great. If you can only find dried mint, you can replace the ¼ cup chopped fresh mint with 1 tablespoon dried mint.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE THIS MELON SALAD

STEP 1: CUT MELON & MAKE DRESSING

Making a melon salad takes very little time, and all the steps are really easy. You’ll first need to cube the melon (you can use just one type of melon or a variety). Leave the melon cubes fairly large, and don’t worry about them all being perfectly even in size. This is home cooking, after all!

Once you’ve cubed the melon, stir together equal parts honey and lemon juice in a bowl.

STEP 2: ASSEMBLE

Add in the melon and mint leaves and stir until the melon is evenly coated in the honey mixture. You can easily double this recipe for a larger crowd, and this fruit salad will keep you well outside at a barbecue or potluck.

Summer Melon Salad

I don’t know about you but nothing hits the spot more on a hot summer day than fresh fruit and salads! Combine the two together and our melon salad will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied!

This simple melon salad is easy to make but completely delightful to your tastebuds! It cools you down with the watery melon taste but adds a splash of flavor with the citrus honey mint dressing! Pair this with our burgers, corn, and some lemonade. These 4 recipes will create a summer meal for the books!

Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

Summer brings with it the desire to be outside, enjoying the refreshing sun on my face. There is always excitement in the air for all of the vacations and holidays and outdoor activities! I catch the summer bug and will do just about anything to hold on to that feeling! Making delicious and refreshing salads is one of those things and this one is a salad to remember. I love any excuse to use juicy melons including making a delicious watermelon agua fresca which is always a huge hit!

There is just something so simple about mixing different melons together and creating so much flavor. This recipe is not only delicious but most importantly, it’s a super easy recipe to make! After all, who doesn’t like a recipe that only requires 1 tool and a few ingredients?? Once you’ve finished balling up the melons, take it to the next level by drizzling the citrus honey mint dressing all over, and voila! You have a salad to impress!

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What’s in Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing?

There isn’t much I love more than a simple recipe that packs a punch! This melon salad has only a few ingredients and delivers on taste, ease AND it looks impressive! For ingredient measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe: Use a melon baller scoop to create perfectly round balls. If you don’t have one of these, you can slice your melon up into cubes!
  • Lemon and lime: These juices will give this salad a fresh taste and a great citrus flavor!
  • Mint: Chop the mint up finely so that the flavor can be spread evenly throughout the salad.
  • Honey: The honey will balance out the citrus with a dash of sweetness!
A bowl filled with fruit, all scooped as small pieces.

How to make Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

It only takes as long as scooping out the melon to make this recipe!! It looks impressive and colorful all while being simple and insanely delicious!

  1. Scooping the melon: Take each melon and use your melon scoop (or if you don’t have one, just cut the melon into cubes). Scoop out the melon and place it into the bowl. Do this for all 3 melons then combine them together.
  2. Whisk the Dressing: Next thing to do is make the dressing! Combine the lemon and lime juice into a separate small bowl, and stir in the honey until it is dissolved. Then, chop up the mint into fine pieces and stir it in with the honey and juices.
  3. Mix together: The last step is to pour it over the salad until the melons are covered. Serve and enjoy!!

Tips and Variations For the Best Fruit Salad

We all know that the best part about salads is that you just put them in the refrigerator and keep coming back for more. The trick is how to make them last the longest! Follow these easy tips and you’ll be able to munch on these leftovers for days!

  • Smoothie and Juices: Once the melons get soft and extra juicy, then they are probably about on their last leg. However, this is a great time to use them in a smoothie or juice! Toss them in a blender with some ice and any additional fruit and you have yourself a delicious summer drink!
  • Cutting Melons: If you don’t have a round scoop to cut the melons into circles, cutting them into ½-inch to inch squares will also work. If you still want it to look fancy, try cutting them into triangles for a fun shape and look.
  • Add-Ins: Berries, mango, and peaches are a sweet addition to this melon salad.
  • Serving: Garnish the melon salad with fresh mint and place in a clear bowl or platter for all to see the beautiful melon colors.
3 different melons on a spoon topped with mint dressing.

Leftovers Callout Title

  • Making Ahead: Store your round melon balls in an air-tight container with lemon juice over top for 3 to 5 days. Whisk together the dressing right before you are ready to serve.
  • Refrigerating: Wrap your container with tightly sealed plastic wrap. This will preserve the melons in your fridge for 3-5 days. Don’t forget to seal it after each time it gets opened!
  • Freezing Fruit: If you find yourself not able to finish the salad in time, you can freeze it! Place it in an airtight container and you can freeze it for up to 12 months!

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 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

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Lime juice and zest
  • Honey
  • Mint

Variations

  • 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!!

  1. Made dressing: Mix the honey and lime juice in a small bowl until well blended.  Stir in the lime zest.
  2.  Cut melon: Chop the melon into bite-size pieces.  Add it all to a large mixing bowl and toss to mix it up.
  3. Drizzle dressing:  Drizzle the dressing over the melon and toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with mint:  Sprinkle mint into the salad and toss again.  
bowl of melon salad

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

  1. Lay the melon on a cutting board and cut 1/2 to 1 inch off of each end of the melon.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut the melon in half.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the seeds and stringy center parts of the cantaloupe.
  5. 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.

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FAQS AND EXPERT TIPS

How to make this cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon salad ahead of time:

You can make this salad a day ahead and store it in the fridge. If possible, I recommend draining off some of the melon juice before serving. For an extra punch of minty flavor, sprinkle fresh mint on top of this melon salad each time you dole out another serving. (The mint that’s left on the salad will wilt a bit in the fridge, but it’s perfectly fine to eat). If you want to prep it further in advance (up to 3 days), just cut the melons, and store them in three separate containers. The dressing can be made in a jar. When you are ready to serve toss them all together with freshly chopped mint.

How can you tell if a melon is ripe and sweet?

The best indicator of whether a melon is ripe or not is its color. Both watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews should be bright in color and smell sweet (but not too strongly). Avoid choosing melons that are duller looking and have brown spots as they are most likely overripe.

What’s the best month to buy watermelon?

The best time to buy watermelon and most other melons are between the months of May and September. They will taste fine no matter the month, but buying the melons (and making this recipe) within those months will ensure you get the best-tasting salad you can get!

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’s very hydrating to the skin, giving your skin a fresh plump, and glowing appearance.  Cantaloupe is rich in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids.
  • Benefits of Honeydew. Honeydew is rich in 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 reduced bone mineral density over time.  Honeydew is about 90% water and it contains electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium). 

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