12 creative melon recipes
Savor the sweet flavors of summer melon in salads, cocktails, and desserts
The Party Starter (Watermelon Tequila Cocktail)
This refreshing watermelon cocktail is a pure taste of summer. For a nonalcoholic version, skip the tequila and add a little water to help blend the mixture.
Summer Melon Fizzies
Freeze cubes of puréed ripe melon so you can whip up this treat anytime the mood strikes.
Recipe: Summer Melon Fizzies
Berry-Melon Agua Fresca
Sweet-tart agua frescas, served all over Mexico, make a great foil to hot and spicy dishes.
Recipe: Berry-Melon Agua Fresca
Morro Bay Pacific Gold Oysters with Melon and Cucumber Water
This easy recipe comes from Kirk Sowell, owner of two Morro Bay restaurants--Miss Lola's SouthSide Grill and Frankie & Lola's Front Street Cafe. He developed it especially to highlight the cucumber-melon flavors of Pacific Gold oysters. He uses Ha-Ogen and Ambrosia melons, and cilantro microgreens, but they're a little hard to find; honeydew, cantaloupe, and regular cilantro are fine too.
Tomato and Melon Salad with Scallops and Pink Peppercorns
Using a few colors and different sizes of tomatoes will make this recipe especially beautiful.
Spicy Watermelon Salad
Chiles, pickled onions, and fresh lime wake up this watermelon salad.
Recipe: Spicy Watermelon Salad
Honeydew Relish Salad
Honeydew melon, cucumber, grapes, and celery make a beautiful green salad. But it's a simple dressing of honey, white wine vinegar, and mustard seeds that "pickles" and elevates these ordinary ingredients into a sweet-tart masterpiece.
Recipe: Honeydew Relish Salad
Shaved Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Salad
A salad that’s as beautiful and clever as it is delicious. Oh, and did we mention—it only has four ingredients?
The cool melon is a nice contrast to the spicy chile. Serve with any grilled chicken dish you like.
Recipe: Melon Salsa
Vietnamese Shrimp and Green Melon Salad
The cool melon is nicely contrasting to the spicy shrimp and dressing. We suggest slicing the melon into wedges, and then again on a diagonally so you get wide pieces.
Move jello beyond retro dessert with the summery flavor of watermelon.
Recipe: Watermelon Jello
Watermelon, Cantaloupe, or Honeydew Sorbet
This sorbet is only as good as your melon, so use the best fruit you can find (or grow). The sorbet is creamiest when eaten as soon as it's frozen.