Minted Melon Salad Recipe
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Minted Melon Salad Recipe

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People can't resist digging into a salad made with colorful summer fruits. The unique dressing is what makes this salad a crowd-pleaser. I get compliments whenever I serve it, especially when I put it on the table in a melon boat. It's a warm-weather treat. -Terry Saylor, Vermillion, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3/4 teaspoon aniseed
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 cups cubed watermelon (about 1/2 melon)
  • 3 cups cubed cantaloupe (about 1 medium melon)
  • 3 cups cubed honeydew (about 1 medium melon)
  • 2 cups peach slices (about 2 peaches)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 98 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the first six ingredients to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes; remove from the heat. Cover and cool syrup completely.
  2. Combine the fruit in a very large bowl; add syrup and stir to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Drain before serving. Spoon into watermelon bowl or 8-qt. serving bowl. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Minted Melon Salad in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p25

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kjb76 User ID: 7258578 4340
Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"Peaches weren't in-season when I made this so instead of water+sugar I just used the (extra-lite) syrup from 2 cans of peaches and it worked great. Also fresh raspberries and blackberries were on sale and blueberries weren't so I went with a mix of all three - nice colors.

As for the potluck supper I took this to, there was so much food that every dish had at least a little bit of leftovers... every dish except this one. This was cleaned up quick and received universal praise. Definitely a crowd pleaser that I'll make again."

melodious88 User ID: 4245799 3767
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"Very fresh and light; perfect for a summer afternoon!"

bterell User ID: 1113959 2506
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"This makes a wonderful fruit salad. Have made it several times for special occassions."

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