Summer Fruit: The Melon Edition

Summer Fruit: The Melon Edition

From watermelon to cantaloupe to honeydew, these fleshy fruits are the highlight of our summer. Let these 40+ melon recipes show you why!

Nothing beats the refreshing crunch of a juicy piece of melon! Be it chopped up watermelon for a unique salsa or pureed cantaloupe for a silky summer smoothie, melon has many uses in Recipe4Living's culinary repertoire. While there are hundreds of different kinds of melon, today we're going to focus on the big three of summer: watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe! 



Did you know that watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable? If you’re in a crunch trying to pack in your recommended daily servings of both, just eat a whole bunch of juicy pink watermelon! Originating in Southern Africa, explorers have found an abundance of watermelon in the Kalahari Desert. Oddly enough, the watermelons also serve as a symbol for the Mexican Day of the Dead and are depicted in a great deal of Mexican art.

When choosing a watermelon, make sure the outside is bright with various shades of green. If you're able to cut into the watermelon, make sure it's flesh is bright pink. Watermelon comes in seeded and seedless varieties. Seedless watermelons are usually much smaller. Shapes and sizes of watermelon do vary across the board as there are 50 different kinds of watermelon.

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This light green refresher is a natural thirst quencher. Juicy and sweet, honeydew has a great mild flavor that makes a perfect dessert or even side dish accompaniment. When choosing a honeydew, look for a creamy white or yellow skin. Yellow skin indicates ripeness while creamy white means the fruit will ripen very soon. Avoid green skin as these honeydew melons will take a long time to become ripe.

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Also called muskmelon or netted melon, the cantaloupe is one of the most popular summer melons of choice. Sweet in flavor, a good cantaloupe is easy to select. Simply look for a skin that hasn't been blemished. All cantaloupe exterior has yellow skin with a netting over it but cantaloupes that have been picked too early will have blemishes from wrestling off the plant.

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Melon Recipes


Appetizers Toasted Jalapeno Tomatilla and Watermelon Salsa

Cantaloupe Basil Salsa

Watermelon and Blue Cheese Salad

Melon Pepper Salsa

Creamy Watermelon Dip with Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Crisps

Strawberry Cantaloupe Soup

Melon and Prosciutto with Balsamic Vinegar and Mint

Watermelon with Grilled Halloumi Cheese

Cold Melon Soup

Irish Melon Salad

Sides Watermelon Salad with Mint and Ginger

Grilled Cantaloupe

Melon, Papaya and Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Honeydew Kabobs with Dressing

Curried Rice Salad with Melon, Raisins and Peanuts

Honeydew Salad

Sweet Watermelon Pickles

Shrimp and Watermelon Salsa Salad

Watermelon Waldorf Wedges

Asparagus with Melon and Prosciutto with Shaved Parmesan and Fresh Basil


Cantaloupe and Peach Cobbler

Melon Tray with Fruit Dressing

Melon Balls with Port

Summertime Delight Watermelon Sorbet

Cantaloupe with Mint Syrup

Melon Crunch Parfait

Watermelon Pie

Sangria-Spiced Melon


Cantaloupe Cream Pie

Beverages "Warm" Ancho Melon Cooler

Honeydew Smoothie

Strawberry Melon Fizz

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Granita

Minty Watermelon Cooler

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Watermelon Slush

Adult Watermelon

Melon Spritz

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