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A refreshing Cantaloupe Salad with mint, lime, and pepitas with optional crumbled feta cheese- a tasty, healthy summer salad, perfect for potlucks and gatherings.

A refreshing Cantaloupe Salad with mint, lime, and pepitas with optional crumbled feta cheese- a tasty, healthy summer salad, perfect for potlucks and gatherings.

When you cut into a perfectly ripe cantaloupe, you’ll first notice its fragrance: honey-scented, floral, and slightly musky. You’ll know you picked a good one if it’s juicy and well-hydrated on the inside. Finding the perfect cantaloupe is the secret to this Cantaloupe Salad recipe, and most often, you’ll find the best ones at your local farmers market.

Cantaloupes let you know when they are ripe for the picking because the vine naturally slips away from the fruit when it’s time to harvest. You’ll also notice the skin will turn creamy-beige under the “netted” pattern on the melon.

When ripe, their sweet smell will permeate the rind. If you can’t smell it, it isn’t ripe. And when they are ripe, they are heavenly!

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So be sure to look for the creamy beige color under the “netting” and give them a sniff.  Often conventional grocery store cantaloupes are picked “green”, so if this is your only option, try letting the cantaloupe ripen on the counter for a few days until it turns creamy and fragrant. The salad will be much better, I promise!

Finally, if you cut into a cantaloupe with any sour or astringent notes, it is past its prime, at the stage of fermenting. To stop a cantaloupe from ripening further, place it in the fridge.

A refreshing Cantaloupe Salad with mint, lime, and pepitas with optional crumbled feta cheese- a tasty, healthy summer salad, perfect for potlucks and gatherings.

Cantaloupe salad ingredients

  • Cantaloupe – choose a ripe cantaloupe for this recipe. The best ones are found at your local farmers market.
  • Red onion- adds a little punch and bite to the salad.
  • Fresh herbs– fresh mint and Italian parsley are both nice here.
  • Jalapeno– optional, but adds a little spice and heat- adjust to your taste.
  • Lime- to add brightness and acidity!
  • Pepitas– Aka, pumpkin seeds can be raw or roasted for crunch.
  • Spices-coriander, cumin, allspice, Aleppo chili flakes, salt and pepper
  • Feta cheese- optional, adds richness, feel free to leave it out if vegan.
  • Olive oil and vinegar

This Cantelope Salad is made with ingredients that pair well with Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or Mexican fare. I wanted to keep it pretty universal. Feel free to play with the herbs to achieve your perfect pairing.

What to serve with Cantaloupe Salad

I would serve this salad with grilled things like this Moroccan Chicken, Chipotle Chicken or even something as simple as grilled tacos!

Expert Tip

Because every melon has different degrees of sweetness,  there is a bit of flavor adjusting at the end, adding more lime or sweetness to taste. Find the balance, and you will be happy.

A refreshing Cantaloupe Salad with mint, lime, and pepitas with optional crumbled feta cheese- a tasty, healthy summer salad, perfect for potlucks and gatherings.

The Cantaloupe salad is also great without the feta, so feel free to leave it off. Sometimes I’ll add cucumber ribbons so feel free to add if so inclined!

I hope these warm summer days are treating you well. Let the sunlight permeate the ground of your being.

xoxo

Sylvia

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A refreshing Cantaloupe Salad with mint, lime, and pepitas with optional crumbled feta cheese- a tasty, healthy summer salad, perfect for potlucks and gatherings.

Cantaloupe Salad Recipe


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A refreshing Cantaloupe Salad with mint, lime, and pepitas with optional crumbled feta cheese- a tasty, healthy summer salad, perfect for potlucks and gatherings.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely sliced
  • a bowl of cold salted water (1 teaspoon salt per cup of water)
  • One medium cantaloupe (3-3.25lb), rind and seeds removed.
  • 1/2 of a jalapeno chili, very finely diced (12 tablespoons)
  • zest from 1 small lime

Dressing:

Garnish with:

  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/41/2 cup raw or roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta (optional- ok to leave vegan)
  • light dusting of Aleppo Chili flakes

Instructions

  1. Place sliced onions in a bowl of generously salted, cold water. Set aside. (To remove bitterness)
  2. Cut cantaloupe in half, spoon out seeds, cut into large wedges, and remove rind with a paring knife. Slice each wedge into 1/2-inch thick slices. Then cut slices into 1-inch bite-sized pieces and place in a big wide flat serving dish (or bowl).  Add jalapeno, drain the onions and scatter over top, and add the lime zest.
  3. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Toss with the cantaloupe—taste for acid and salt and honey. Every melon is different, with various degrees of sweetness. If too sweet, add another squeeze of lime, if not sweet enough, perhaps more honey. Adjust to your taste.
  4. Scatter the fresh herbs over top, add the pumpkin seeds and optional feta. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. This salad likes to be cold and it can be made several hours ahead.

Notes

Cutting the cantaloupe into thinner pieces rather than “chunks” seems to work better here.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup - with the feta
  • Calories: 176
  • Sugar: 9.7 g
  • Sodium: 322.9 mg
  • Fat: 13.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.1 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 4.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.3 mg

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  1. Look for a melon that has no stem if possible, My relatives who worked melons said this another thing you want to look for.

    1. Yes, the melons when ripe will detach form the stem. Is that what you mean?

  2. My family loves complex flavors and textures so this salad which is sweet, sour, salty and minty with a touch of heat was a huge hit!

  3. Hello i was makn this salad for a tomorrows theme dinner would it be ok to make it a day early are would is get mushy by the next day..please help lol..concerned cook….

  4. This looks so refreshing and delicious. I love cantaloupe, but buying a whole one seems like a waste if my family can’t eat it all right away. I think this salad is going to have to be tried in my family soon!

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