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Honey-Melon Salad with Basil

Put the taste of summer in your salad! Loaded with juicy cantaloupe and honeydew, and glazed with a sweet honey dressing, this dish will be gone in minutes. Watermelon is a tasty addition, too. —Khurshid Shaik, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 6 cups cubed cantaloupe (about 1 medium)
  • 6 cups cubed honeydew melon (about 1 medium)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or mint
  • Dried cranberries, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine cantaloupe and honeydew. Refrigerate, covered, until serving. In a small bowl, whisk honey, lemon juice, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour over melon cubes just before serving; toss to coat. Stir in basil and, if desired, dried cranberries. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 68 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit.

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  • sgronholz
    Aug 30, 2017

    My husband and I enjoyed this dressing with some of our homegrown watermelon. It was very refreshing and a nice change of pace from typical melon salads.

  • Lynne
    Aug 26, 2017

    Really refreshing as a summer side or dessert- it was dessert for us as we ended our cookout with family. I used half watermelon and half cantaloupe because the honeydew at the market didn't seem ripe. I used half basil and half mint - winning combination. The dressing was a great light addition. I will serve this again. Oh, I did not add the cranberries because I used them all in the spinach salad.

  • kimspacc
    Aug 25, 2017

    This was a great combination of tangy and sweet. I think it would make a great dressing for a pasta salad, as well.

  • rena 55
    Aug 23, 2017

    Always looking for a new fruit salad recipe and this one is a winner. Light and refreshing!

  • annrms
    Aug 18, 2017

    This is a delicious and refreshing recipe! I reduced the recipe to just serve two...the math was a bit tricky, but I managed!!! I used a combo of basil and mint; the herbs give the salad a nice pop of freshness. I also used some "hot" honey that I recently purchased. The taste of the spicy, sweet honey and the cool of the fruit was a tasty match. Will make this again.