Summer Melon Salad
To achieve beautiful, crater-free spheres, press the cup of the melon baller flat and firmly into the flesh of a halved seeded melon. Then turn 180 degrees (or 360 degrees if the melon needs additional shaping), and lift.
Melon Mimosa Ice Pops
An adults-only pop, this is the perfect treat to beat the heat for summer dinner parties.
Melon Salad with Savory Granola
Heirloom Charentais melons have smooth, gray-green skin and bright orange flesh that is supersweet and fragrant. For a substitute you can use a combination of honeydew melon and cantaloupe.
Summer Melon with Lime and Rum
This is a lovely dessert, the rum adding a nice French touch (because the French were colonialists in sugar cane countries, they have a huge penchant for rum). Here, along with ginger, it adds rich depth. To ease prep, purchase precut melons in the produce section; some stores offer a mix of melons in a single pack.
Summer Melon and Ham Salad with Burrata and Chile
"This is an obvious play on melon wedges wrapped in prosciutto," Christensen says. "Here the melon is sliced to the same thickness as the ham. Instead of 'making melon taste good,' it puts two beautiful things in balance. I love the balance of the musky fruit with the salty-sweet ham and the creaminess of the burrata cheese (you can sub fresh mozzarella). You have a lot of strong flavors at play, and the cheese sets the canvas for the whole thing.”
Sangria for Every Season
Whether it’s sipped poolside on a hot summer day or savored at a festive holiday soirée, sangria highlights seasonal fruit—from sweet, juicy peaches in summer to delightfully bitter blood oranges in winter. While the ingredients can vary, this Spanish drink typically contains a dry red, white, or sparkling wine, a sweetener, fresh fruit, and a small amount of brandy. Read on for our top sangria recipes, and our budget-friendly wine picks under $15.
Shaved Melon Salad with Lemon-Sherry Dressing
For the best flavor, choose a good bottle of sherry. For a nutty taste, go with amontillado; for something sweeter and slightly richer, use oloroso. If you don't have a mandoline, you can cube the melons or scoop them with a melon baller; we did not have luck shaving the melon with a vegetable peeler.
Cantaloupe Margarita with Hint of Mint
Want to make a bigger batch? Doubling the melon should yield enough juice to make 6 drinks. Process and strain in 2 batches, and then mix up 3 times the rest of the ingredients in a pitcher.
Melon and Prosciutto Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano
Salty and unctuous, prosciutto is a classic match for fresh melon, and a topping of Parmigiano-Reggiano (the real stuff is worth it here) adds another layer of savory flavor. Make this salad the centerpiece of an easy antipasto Easter meal. Serve with a platter of olives, roasted peppers, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and, if you're feeling ambitious, add your favorite grilled or roasted veggies, too.
Cantaloupe and Grilled Fig Salad
The contrasting flavors of the sweet fruit and tangy lime juice plus the variety of textures in the fruits, nuts, and vegetables create an intriguing and beautiful first course.
Prosciutto and Melon Salad with Cantaloupe Vinaigrette
Rice vinegar and cantaloupe in the dressing completely reset this ham-and-melon classic. Peppery arugula adds bite.
Cool off with this adult sherbet, made with fresh cantaloupe, heavy cream, and vodka.
Arugula Salad with Melon and Prosciutto
The arugula's light spiciness is balanced out by the sweet and salty combo of melon and prosciutto.
Ripe honeydew melon is the star of this gazpacho, which is complemented by the fresh flavor of mint. It's the perfect soup to start a summertime meal with friends and family.
Melon and Fig Salad with Prosciutto and Balsamic Drizzle
The best of the summer is tossed together in this fresh melon and fig salad. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s an ideal option for a busy weeknight dinner.
Salted Honeydew-Grape Granita
This pretty lime green granita pairs honeydew melon with green grapes for a cooling treat. The hint of sea salt boosts flavor.
Melon Salad with Prosciutto
Salty cheese and ham accent the sweet summer fruit in this refreshing main-dish salad, a perfect meal on a sweltering summer day.
Triple Melon Smoothie
Melons are at their peak season June through September. Make this smoothie with ripe, in-season fruit for a great-tasting, refreshing drink when the weather's hot. Garnish with additional diced melon, if desired.
Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Melon Salsa
A combination of green and orange melons is colorful and speaks to the beauty of summer. We left the seeds in the jalapeño for some heat, but you can discard them for a milder dish.
Melon Chicken Salad
A great balancing act of flavors and textures is evident in this main-dish salad. Sweet honey, salty soy sauce, tart vinegar, bitter daikon radish, and savory chicken create an interesting interplay of flavors, while crunchy walnuts and peanut butter juxtapose juicy melons. You can use leftover or rotisserie chicken to make this dish on a busy weeknight.
Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothie
Choose a cantaloupe with a sweet fragrance for the best flavor.