Cantaloupe and Honeydew Recipes
In Season: Melons need heat to turn sweet, so summer and early fall are their prime seasons.
What to Look For: Look for those that are fragrant and heavy. Press the end opposite the stem to feel for a bit of give. Give the melon a tap; you'll hear a hollow thump if it's ripe.
How to Store: Store whole melons in a cool spot. If cut, cover wedges in plastic and refrigerate up to four days.
Ginger, mint, and lime zest add a refreshing tropical twist to this colorful summer fruit salad.
Cantaloupe, Lime, and Chili Soup
All you need to make this no-cook cold soup is a refrigerator, a blender, and 15 minutes. The secret to the surprisingly complex flavor is pairing the mellow produce with a shot of spice.
Green Fruit Bowl with Frozen Grapes
Icy grapes, apple, kiwi, and honeydew melon make up a fruit-based take on "green" salad. A lemon thyme dressing brings the flavors together.
Honeydew Agua Fresca
Inspired by traditional Mexican fruit drinks, this thirst-quenching cooler combines honeydew juice (made by straining the pureed fruit), lime juice, and a little sugar.
Summer Fruit Sangria
Ginger and mint (or basil) add a crisp twist to this refreshing melon sangria.
Cantaloupe, Tarragon, and Vodka Sherbet
This sherbet upgrade erases all memories of cloyingly sweet, neon-hued orbs. It’s luscious and balanced, with just a hint of dairy.
Poached Shrimp with Honeydew, Radishes, Jicama, and Scallions
Tangy lemon, salty fish sauce, and black pepper form the dressing for this refreshing main-course salad.
Honeyed Fig and Melon with Blue Cheese and Almonds
Slices of salty, pungent blue cheese are naturally suited for sweet figs, cantaloupe, and generous drizzles of honey. Serve a platter as an easy cheese course at the end of a meal.
Chickpea, Melon, and Rosemary Salad
This Italian-inspired salad perfumed with garlic and rosemary and laced with speck (smoked prosciutto) is a beautiful contrast between savory and sweet.
When the temperature soars, these chilly sweets will provide cool relief (and lots of smiles).
To make this refreshing, floral dessert, marinate melon wedges in aromatic jasmine green tea.
Cantaloupe and Mozzarella with Prosciutto and Basil
Paint a portrait in pastels with this inviting arrangement of antipasti.
Creamy Cantaloupe Custards with Mixed Berries
These silky panna-cotta-inspired desserts are bursting with ripe melon flavor.
Frozen Melon-Margarita Pops
Is it a cocktail or a refreshing, vitamin-packed fruit snack? Stop, you're both right!
Melon with Honeyed Yogurt
Elegant in its simplicity, this light breakfast or dessert can be assembled in just a few minutes.
Melon-Berry Ice Pops
Greek yogurt gives these fruity treats a touch of tang.
Prosciutto with Melon
This classic Italian appetizer is light and refreshing -- perfect for a summer evening.
Honeydew and Cream Ice Pops with Pistachios
Why should kids have all the fun? These ice pops will delight even the most discerning grown-ups, and they make a handy dessert for a backyard barbecue -- no forks, spoons, or plates required.
Honeydew Granita Spritzer
Sweet honeydew melon puree, mouth-puckering lime juice, and seltzer are combined in this effervescent drink.
Prosciutto, Melon, and Balsamic Vinegar Bruschetta
The classic pairing of sweet melon and salty prosciutto is enhanced by a splash of vinegar.
Cantaloupe with Ricotta and Pistachios
Start the day on a bright note with fresh melon, creamy cheese, and crunchy nuts.
Cucumber, Cantaloupe, and Squash Salad
Use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline to slice thin ribbons of cantaloupe, cucumber, and yellow summer squash for this refreshing and colorful salad. Just before serving, drizzle with yogurt-lime dressing.
Cantaloupe Yogurt Drink
Blend juicy chunks of cantaloupe with yogurt, honey, and ice to make this out-of-the-ordinary smoothie.