Cantaloupe and Honeydew Recipes That Showcase the Best of These Sweet Summer Melons
Nothing says peak summer like a ripe, juicy melon. Pick up a cantaloupe or honeydew (or both!) at the market then enjoy its refreshing sweetness in these drinks, salads, desserts, and more.
If summer had a mascot, juicy melon would be it. And though watermelon often steals the show, we can't forget about cantaloupe and honeydew. Known for their mildly sweet flavor and slight musky notes, both fruits are wonderfully versatile and delicious. These traits make them a welcome ingredient in a range of dishes, from fresh fruit salads to boozy sangria and refreshing mocktails, such as the Cantaloupe-Basil-Grapefruit Cooler and Honeydew-Lemon-Tarragon Cooler you see right here.
Cantaloupe and honeydew are summer produce, which means their flavor, texture, and nutrition are at their peak during the warmer months. They're also more affordable in the summer, giving you the perfect excuse to add these melons to your cart and cantaloupe and honeydew recipes to your must-make recipe list. You can even stock up and freeze cubed melon, which is a great way to ensure you'll always be ready to make a melon smoothie or cocktail when the craving hits.
Both melons also have a high water content, making them ideal for boosting hydration amid the summer heat. Who can say no to a juicy wedge of fresh melon on a scorching hot day? But cantaloupe and honeydew aren't limited to crescents or cubes, of course. Blend melon into a cold cucumber soup or chill drinks with frozen melon balls instead of ice cubes. You can even grill melon wedges until they're perfectly charred and smoky. Grilling fruit, including melons, brings out a depth and flavor that's hard to resist.
If you're new to using whole cantaloupe and honeydew, you'll be glad to know that choosing ripe melons at the grocery store is easy. The key is to look for heavy, firm fruits with a mild and sweet aroma near the stem. If part of the rind is mushy or soft, leave the melon behind. While you're at it, grab a melon baller if you don't already have one on hand.
Whether you're looking for a cooling drink or fresh side salad, these cantaloupe and honeydew recipes have you covered.
Peach Salad with Melon and Lillet
Cantaloupe, watermelon, and juicy peaches make up this photogenic fruit salad. Drizzle with fresh lime juice and Lillet, then sprinkle with salt to amplify the fruits' sweetness.
Melon cubes are soaked in a boozy syrup, then served with fresh herbs, sea salt, and lime juice. Enjoy atop fruit sorbet or on its own for a no-fuss summer dessert.
Melon Milk Pops
Blistered Shishito-Pepper Salad with Chive Vinaigrette
Melon and Cucumber Salad
Refreshing Melon-Sorbet Float
Mango, Papaya, and Melon Salad
Boozy White Sangria
Green Fruit Salad with Lime and Honey
Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon
Avocado and Honeydew Melon
Avocado and honeydew might seem like an unlikely pair, but the contrast in textures is lovely. All you need to do is halve an avocado, add a spoonful of melon cubes, and garnish with sea salt and mint leaves.
White Sangria with Tequila
Steeping tequila with honeydew, cucumber, and elderflower liqueur is an easy way to make a cooling big-batch drink. What's more, prep takes just 10 minutes.
Cantaloupe, Tarragon, and Vodka Sherbet
Frozen Melon-Margarita Pops
No popsicle mold? No problem. Soak wedges of cantaloupe and watermelon into a tequila-lime mixture, insert popsicle sticks, then freeze for zingy summer treat.
Cool down—and drink up—with this refreshing beverage. Simply puree both cucumber and honeydew melon in a blender, then strain and shake with ice. Add sake or vodka to make it boozy.
Melon, Mint, and Cucumber Smoothie
Blend honeydew, cucumber, and fresh mint from the garden for an instant summer smoothie. You can also enjoy it as a smoothie bowl topped with melon balls and coconut flakes.
Creamy Melon Granita
Perfectly icy and sweet, this milky melon granita will hit the spot on a hot summer day. To make it dairy-free, use coconut condensed milk.