Summer-Fresh Melon Recipes | Midwest Living

Summer-Fresh Melon Recipes

Enjoy the sweet, juicy taste of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon in our recipes for salads, ice pops, sorbet, lemonade, jam, salsa and more.
  • Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

    Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

    Discover the savory potential of watermelon in this five-ingredient salad.

    Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

  • Watermelon-Lemonade Pops

    Watermelon-Lemonade Pops

    We've tested a lot of pops over the years, and this one is the most refreshing of the bunch. It tastes like pure summer.

    Watermelon-Lemonade Pops 

  • Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

    Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

    This healthy no-cook potluck salad is full of fruit and vegetable goodness. Feta adds a tang to the sweetness of honeydew melon. With only 20 minutes of prep time before an overnight chill, this recipe is great for parties.

    Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

  • Chili-Lime-Pistachio Yogurt and Melon

    Chili-Lime-Pistachio Yogurt and Melon

    Loosely Mexican-inspired, this flavorful upgrade to the usual yogurt-fruit parfait is a cinch to make—either for a group, or just a single portion for yourself on a weekday.

    Chili-Lime-Pistachio Yogurt and Melon recipe

  • Melon Sorbet

    Any-Fruit Sorbet

    Our five-ingredient sorbet is an instant antidote to summer's scorch—and so pretty, too! The recipe works with most melons, berries or citrus fruits, and you can make it in an ice cream maker or refrigerator freezer. Plus, it's fat free!

    Any-Fruit Sorbet 

  • Honey-Lime Lamb and Melon Skewers

    Honey-Lime Lamb and Melon Skewers

    Combine cubes of lamb, cantaloupe and honeydew for this Mediterranean-inspired kabob recipe. Serve with yogurt seasoned with lime peel and tarragon. 

    Honey-Lime Lamb and Melon Skewers

  • Watermelon-Basil Lemonade

    Jazz up traditional lemonade with watermelon slices and fresh basil leaves.

    Watermelon-Basil Lemonade

  • Peachalope Jam

    Peachalope Jam

    Lemon, nutmeg and walnuts add layered flavor and texture to this unusual jam, which uses both peaches and cantaloupe. This recipe comes from the Glass Rooster Cannery cooking school and farm store in Sunbury, Ohio.

    Peachalope Jam

  • Cantaloupe-Mint Granita

    Cantaloupe-Mint Granita

    This crazy-refreshing (and nonfat!) Italian ice requires no special gear. Make with a really ripe cantaloupe for the best flavor.

    Cantaloupe-Mint Granita recipe

  • Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa

    Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa

    Grill pineapple, then top with vanilla-seasoned fruit salsa to make a sweet and simple dessert for summer meals.

    Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa

  • Polka-Dot Arugula Salad

    Polka-Dot Arugula Salad

    Playful red grapes and melon balls add sweetness and whimsy to this ready-in-15 summer salad. To make it a main dish, just add chicken.

    Polka-Dot Arugula Salad recipe

  • Tropical Tomato Salsa

    Tropical Tomato Salsa

    Try this sweet, colorful salsa—made with tomato, mango and melon—over chips, fish or chicken.

    Tropical Tomato Salsa

  • Watermelon Lemonade

    Watermelon Lemonade

    Here's a new take on a summer staple, lemonade. Combine homemade lemon syrup with watermelon juice and serve with fun Kiwi Cubes or Watermelon Cubes (or with regular ice cubes). You can also use the watermelon-lemonade mix as the base for a Watermelon Martini.

    Watermelon Lemonade

  • Gingered Cantaloupe and Blackberry Shortcakes

    Shortcake is a scrumptious showcase for fruit. This recipe calls for melon and berries coated with honey-ginger syrup on top of ginger-flavored cakes.

    Gingered Cantaloupe and Blackberry Shortcakes

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