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18 Delicious Cantaloupe Recipes

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These juicy and refreshing cantaloupe recipes are all wonderful ways to enjoy the fresh flavor of summer melon.

There are some ideas for salads, desserts, side dishes, and more. If you're looking for some unique ways to enjoy cantaloupe (also called rockmelon and sweet melon), I've got some fun ideas for you!

I know you'll enjoy these healthy cantaloupe recipes and learn some new, creative ways to cook with cantaloupe. It's a surprisingly versatile fruit that can pair well with lots of other flavors.

Let me know in the comments below which one of these delicious, juicy cantaloupe recipes you'll try!


Grilled Cantaloupe

This grilled cantaloupe with tajine is a simple but delicious recipe that makes an already delicious fruit really shine.

Grilling the cantaloupe deepens the flavor and adds a lovely char.

A serving plate with slices of grilled cantaloupe.

Strawberry and Cantaloupe Salad

This easy strawberry cantaloupe salad recipe with a sweet mint and lime juice topping is wonderfully delicious.

It's a perfect side dish for a hot summer day. It makes four side salad servings and is ready in just a few minutes.

A strawberry cantaloupe salad in a white bowl.

Prosciutto and Melon

This delicious Italian starter of prosciutto and melon recipe (prosciutto e Melone) is simple to make but a definite crowd pleaser at a dinner party!

With some simple ingredients and a couple of minutes, you'll have the most wonderful cantaloupe and cured ham appetizer. Perfect for warm summer nights.

Prosciutto and melon on an appetizer board.

Refreshing Tomato and Cantaloupe Salad

This is a ridiculously simple 4 ingredient recipe (not including the S&P) for a tomato and cantaloupe salad.

It's a great light lunch or a simple side for dinner. Tomato and cantaloupe is a glorious combination, that I know you'll enjoy!


Melon Prosciutto Salad

This delicious melon salad with prosciutto combines cantaloupe, honeydew, little mozzarella balls, and prosciutto for a refreshing summer salad!

This fresh fruit recipe looks gorgeous on any table and is surprisingly easy to make. It takes a few minutes to ball the melons but assembling the salad is a cinch. You're going to love this savory fruit salad.

Melon and prosciutto salad on a white serving dish.

Cantaloupe Granita

This cantaloupe granita recipe is totally delicious! If you like fresh flavors and fruity desserts, this is the recipe for you.

A great way to enjoy cantaloupe! You can make it in a food processor or blender.

Overhead shot of cantaloupe granita in a wine glass.

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. 

closeup of cantaloupe cucumber salad recipe

Vegan Blueberry Ice Cream in Cantaloupe

This vegan blueberry ice cream, made with almond milk, and served in a cantaloupe bowl is a delicious and healthy snack or dessert.

This recipe is often called "nice cream" - if you’ve never heard of that, it's basically an ice cream like treat that is dairy-free and vegan.

vegan blueberry ice cream in halved cantaloupes

Prosciutto Ricotta Crostini

This fantastic prosciutto ricotta crostini recipe is easy to pull together and perfect for a canapes party.

Cured ham and sweet cantaloupe is an irresistible combination, but the addition of the creamy ricotta cheese, and drizzle of hot honey take it over the top!

A hand holding a crostini.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

There’s nothing like this Cantaloupe Smoothie recipe on a hot summer day! Made with only 5 simple ingredients, this healthy smoothie is easy to put together and enjoy.

Creamy, icy, refreshing, and delicious!

A glass of cantaloupe smoothie.

Cantaloupe Quick Bread

This fantastic cantaloupe quick bread is easy to pull together. It's a moist, delicious loaf of bread.

This is one of the best recipes for cantaloupe and a great way to use overripe cantaloupe.

A loaf of cantaloupe bread in a bread pan on a cooling rack.

Cantaloupe Soup

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup is super easy, creamy and so refreshing!

Serve it as a starter for an elegant lunch, light summer supper, or as a healthful late afternoon “pick-me-up!”

Chilled cantaloupe soup in a glass.

Cantaloupe Aguas Fresca

Cantaloupe aguas fresca is a light and refreshing summer beverage, naturally sweetened with cantaloupe juice instead of sugar!

Cantaloupe agua fresca.

Cantaloupe Mango Salad

This unusual cantaloupe and mango salad is incredibly healthy and refreshing.

Cantaloupe mango salad on a white plate.

Crunchy Yogurt Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowl

This crunchy yogurt cantaloupe breakfast bowl is the perfect no-cook breakfast that is full of flavor, fresh summer fruit, and protein all topped with crunchy Grape Nuts cereal.

A yogurt and cantaloupe breakfast bowl.

Melon Summer Salad

This tasty summer salad is so refreshing and bright!

With the watermelon, cantaloupe, and apples cut into matchsticks, the flavors blend together and the salad looks playful and fun. 

watermelon, apple, cantaloupe summer salad

Mini Melon Fruit Kabobs

Watermelon, cantaloupe, fresh mozzarella, and salami make the best flavor combination in these easy Fruit Kabobs.

Such a delicious and fun way to serve a snack or appetizer, and perfect for a summer brunch or party because there’s no cooking. Great for adults and kids!

Fruit kabobs with watermelon and cantaloupe.

Cantaloupe Date Popsicles

These cantaloupe date popsicles are naturally sweetened and so refreshing on a hot day!

Cantaloupe date popsicles.

When is Cantaloupe in Season?

Cantaloupe is at its peak from June through August, although it is often available year-round in grocery stores.

Sweet summer melons like cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon are all at their best in high summer. They taste sweet and juicier than buying them in the off-season.

How to Choose the Best Cantaloupe?

Here's how to choose the best cantaloupe at the grocery store or farmer's market.

  • Appearance - A ripe melon should be a tan or creamy yellow color with light green striations/lines.
  • Firmness - The melon should be firm, but not rock hard, without any obvious bruising
  • Smell - The melon should have a fruity, musky smell without any acidity
Yield: 4 servings

Cantaloupe Recipes

Grilled cantaloupe on a white serving plate.

Try one of our favorite cantaloupe recipes - this delicious grilled cantaloupe is a real treat.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe cantaloupe, cut into spears and rinds removed
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon tajin seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • optional toppings - additional tajin seasoning and flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Heat grill (or grill pan) to high heat. 
  2. Brush the cantaloupe slices with olive oil and sprinkle the tajin seasoning on top. 
  3. Place the cantaloupe on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until dark grill marks appear. After both sides have been grilled, remove and let rest for 3 minutes.
  4. Drizzle the honey across the cantaloupe and top with additional tajin seasoning (if desired) or a sprinkle of sea salt. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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