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Minted Melon Salad

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Combine the fruit in a very large bowl; add syrup and stir to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain before serving. Spoon into watermelon bowl or 8-qt. serving bowl.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 98 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • JoBrad
    Aug 5, 2017

    These a crowd please, refreshing salad that is perfect to bring out the flavor in the melon, as other reviewers say you can add other fresh ingredients local to your area, or to fit the taste of your family the theme of your gathering.

  • kjb76
    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
    Oct 19, 2010

    Very fresh and light; perfect for a summer afternoon!

  • bterell
    Jun 21, 2010

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