Sometimes the transition of seasons can be troublesome. Two sets of clothes in your wardrobe, two sets of spices in your cupboards, and two kinds of produce available on the shelves. So how do you choose? Do you hang on just a little bit longer to last season? Or do you get a jumpstart on spring and dive into the full, fresh flavors that it brings along with it? Flavors like fresh cantaloupe.
Under-loved and under-appreciated, this bright orange melon doesn’t usually get to take center stage. Often it sits in the wings as a breakfast fruit or maybe tied up with a thin slice of prosciutto when it wants to impress. However, there is so much more to this melon than meets the eye.
You can skewer it like a shish kabob or blend it into a delicate soup. To give you an idea of what happens when this little orange melon expresses itself to the fullest, here are 12 cantaloupe recipes that will inspire you to pick up a cantaloupe next time you’re at the grocery store.
1. Melon Caprese Skewers
Beautiful to look at and loaded with the flavors of rural Italy, these will quickly become your go-to party staple as the weather warms up.
Prosciutto and cantaloupe are a classic pairing, made even more delicious in the summer. Get the recipe here.
2. Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowls
Forget washing your bowls. Now you can be extra eco-friendly and just eat them! Plus, they’re loaded with all kinds of healthy stuff that is guaranteed to get you going for the day.
Get the recipe perfect for ripe cantaloupe here.
3. Cantaloupe Salsa
How many times do you eat salsa? Probably a lot. Whether it be corn salsa, Texas caviar, or just plain tomato salsa the rotation can get old pretty quick.
Change things up with this cantaloupe salsa. A little sweet a little sharp, it’s everything you expect from a salsa but with a delicious twist.
You can even add melon in here, or entirely substitute it for a few different delicious melon recipes. Get the recipe here.
For those times when you want loads of color in your dish without loads of cooking you have ratafruite. Just think of how impressed people will be with this gorgeous presentation.
Get the recipe here.
5. Summer Melon Soup with Ginger and Avocado
Creamy cantaloupe? This interesting concept is better than you think. Scented with coconut milk, ginger, and cayenne, this soup is like a smoothie that you get to eat with your spoon. For dinner.
Absolutely the perfect option for those warm nights, this recipe just tastes like California. Get the recipe here.
6. Mint Jicama Cantaloupe Salad with Toasted Pepitas
You have likely tossed some cantaloupe into a fruit salad already. But why not focus on its delicious way to complement savory flavors, too?
This time, throw in some jicama and toasted pepitas and lime with your cantaloupe. You’ll be wishing you did this ages ago.
The fresh mint is the finishing touch. Get the recipe here.
7. Cantaloupe Gazpacho
A cool gazpacho is just the thing on a hot summer day, especially when paired with a summer cocktail. However, since there are a lot of them in the summer, you’re going to want to switch what you use to make into a gazpacho.
Here is your first variation. Cantaloupes blended with mint, tomatoes, and jalapeño. It’s unusually delicious.
Get the recipe here.
8. Cantaloupe Jelly
When you finally decide that cantaloupe needs to be consumed year round, you’ll begin to preserve its flavors. So why not get ahead of the curve and start perfecting your preservation techniques now?
Additionally, sweet cantaloupe jam is completely under-rated, as well. Get the recipe for jelly here.
9. Cantaloupe and Cucumber Pops
So fresh and delightful, these pops will cool you down on even the hottest of days. Plus, since they’re uncooked, you’ll retain all the nutrients of fresh, juicy cantaloupe in every bite.
Get the one of the best melon recipes here.
10. Cantaloupe Sorbet
With its high water content, cantaloupe is an excellent candidate to make a fresh and fruity sorbet. Add a hint of mint, or even a tiny bit of fresh basil, and you’ll find your taste buds celebrating summer along with you.
Is sorbet better than ice cream? That’s up for you to decide. Get the recipe here.
11. Cantaloupe Coconut Lassi
Refreshing, creamy, and packed with the tastes of summer, your morning smoothie is about to get a major upgrade.
You can even add in a few apple cubes before you hit the blender. Get the recipe here.
12. Cantaloupe Daiquiri
Every fruit should be able to be transformed into a daiquiri. Truthfully, these drinks are the perfect excuse to sample every fruit under the sun. So add cantaloupe to your list of to-try flavors and get to blending.
Get the recipe here.
13. Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
If you have never tried agua fresca, you are in for such a delicious treat. Typically an agua fresca is a fruit puree, water, a dash of sugar, and a hint of lime.
This recipe includes mint leaves for garnish and it’s the perfect summertime sip. Get the recipe here.