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Got Cantaloupe And Honeydew? Here Are The Recipes You Need.

You'll be needing one a day for the rest of summer.

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The spot-on sweetness of a perfectly ripe melon and its thirst-quenching qualities totally make it worth the mess, as its juices drip down your chin and all over your hands. On the hottest of days, it's so good that you could eat it for every meal, but first one needs to get their hands on the ripest of melons.

To make sure you score perfectly ripe cantaloupes and honeydews, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • First, choose a melon that is richly colored (a ripe cantaloupe will be have an orange blush and a ripe honeydew will have a yellowish hue).
  • Next press the stem end with your thumb -- if it gives a little, it's ripe.
  • And lastly, give it a sniff -- a ripe melon will have a wonderful aroma.

With this knowledge in hand, go forth and use all the ripe melons to make these recipes below (that aren't just fruit salad). Cantaloupe and honeydew have the unique versatility to go sweet or savory, tasting great in salads or salsas, but also are lovely as cocktails and sorbets.

1
Goat Cheese Stuffed Fig, Melon And Prosciutto Salad
Foodie Crush
2
Melon Sorbet (Without An Ice Cream Maker)
A Beautiful Mess
3
Fresh Honeydew Margaritas
Cookie + Kate
Get the Fresh Honeydew Margaritas recipe from Cookie + Kate
4
Cantaloupe Cupcakes
Cupcake Project
Get the Cantaloupe Cupcakes recipe Cupcake Project
5
Honeydew Bubble Tea
Munchin with Munchkin
Get the Honeydew Bubble Tea recipe from Munchin with Munchkin
6
Melon And Cucumber Mint Salad
Bakers Royale
Get the Melon and Cucumber Mint Salad recipe from Bakers Royale
7
Cucumber Honeydew Salad With Feta
Two Peas And Their Pod
Get the Cucumber Honeydew Salad with Feta recipe from Two Peas And Their Pod
8
Cantaloupe Coconut Lassi
How Sweet It Is
Get the Cantaloupe Coconut Lassi recipe from How Sweet It Is
9
Honeydew Mint Ice Pops
Hungry Girl Por Vida
Get the Honeydew Mint Ice Pops recipe from Hungry Girl Por Vida
10
Cucumber Melon Spa Salad
Boulder Locavore
Get the Cucumber Melon Spa Salad recipe from Boulder Locavore
11
Cantaloupe And Thyme Agua Fresca
A Beautiful Mess
Get the Cantaloupe and Thyme Agua Fresca recipe from A Beautiful Mess
12
Honeydew Smoothie Bowl
The Almond Eater
Get the Honeydew Smoothie Bowl recipe from The Almond Eater
13
Spicy Melon Salsa
How Sweet It Is
Get the Spicy Melon Salsa recipe from How Sweet It Is
14
Honeydew Hefeweizen Smoothie
Adventures in Cooking
Get the Honeydew Hefeweizen Smoothie recipe from Adventures in Cooking
15
Two Melons Soup
Petit World Citizen
Get the Two Melons Soup recipe from Petit World Citizen via Food52
16
Prosciutto, Cantaloupe & Cashew Salad
Iowa Girl Eats
17
Cantaloupe Fiesta Cocktail
Cookie + Kate
Get the Cantaloupe Fiesta Cocktail recipe from Cookie + Kate
18
Avocado Melon Salad
aubrey | drum beets
Get the Avocado Melon Salad recipe from aubrey | drum beets from Food52
19
Chilled Cantaloupe Soup
Food52
Get the Chilled Cantaloupe Soup recipe from Chef Gwen from Food52

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