Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad Recipe

Stay cool and hydrated with this easy cantaloupe and cucumber salad recipe!

It's a healthy and refreshing side dish or light lunch. It's ready in 15 minutes and keeps well in the fridge for a few hours, so you can make it in advance of a dinner party. This recipe makes 2 large side salad servings and can easily be doubled or tripled. 

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It's that time of year when we could all use a light summer salad and I think you'll like this one a lot. I was in Kansas City and Tulsa last week and it was in the 90s, I'm back in Evanston now and it's a little cooler - thankfully! It's hard to want to turn on the stove or oven when it's so hot outside. Our workaround is to grill up some chicken and have a produce heavy salad like this one. 

What makes this salad refreshing is the water content of the melons and cucumber. Melons are 90% water and cucumbers are 96% water (source). In the summer it can be hard to stay hydrated just by drinking water; the National Academies of Sciences suggests up to 2 liters of water for women and 3 liters of water for men every day (source). That's more than the previously recommended 8 glasses! Eating water-rich fruit and vegetables can help you towards that goal. 

Here are a few other summer salads that are chock full of water-rich produce:

Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad Recipe | This Healthy Table

True confessions - I love melon balls but I'm not very good at making them! I thought about flipping all the messed up balls over to make them look perfect, but I thought no, I should show you how my melon balls actually look so you know they don't have to be perfect! Some are great and some are more of a half moon situation... You do not have to use a melon baller for this recipe, you could just chop up the cantaloupe, but there's something fun about a variety of shapes in a salad. If you'd like to make more precise melon balls, give this tutorial video a watch. 

Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad Recipe | This Healthy Table

Do let me know if you make this recipe, you can connect with me on Instagram or Facebook @thishealthytable. 

Yield: 2 servings

Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad Recipe

This cantaloupe cucumber salad recipe is a healthy and refreshing side dish or light lunch.

prep time: 15 minscook time: total time: 15 mins


  • 1 cantaloupe, halved and deseeded
  • 1 large cucumber, halved 
  • 2 ounces crumbly feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • 10 basil leaves, coarsely chopped or chiffonaded 


  1. Using a melon baller, create as many balls from the cantaloupe as possible. Add them to a large bowl. 
  2. If cucumber has large seeds, use the melon baller or a spoon to scrape them out. Cut the cucumber into thin half moons and add to the melons. 
  3. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt in a small bowl and whisk. 
  4. Add the vinaigrette to the fruit and toss to combine. Then top with the crumbled feta and basil leaves.  



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If you don't have a melon baller and would like to get one, I recommend this OXO Good Grips Melon Baller .

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