Savory cantaloupe salad comes with beautiful colors and flavors. And surprisingly, it tastes delicious with sweet and sour elements—a delightful recipe when you search for unique cantaloupe recipes.
This cantaloupe salad is a satisfying side for summer, made with green pepper, lemon, and garden-fresh tomato. And choices to customize or upgrade with more options of variations.
About this recipe
Furthermore, It's a perfect party-pleasing recipe, too. 'Cantaloupe Salad' is a must-try recipe on summer days. These are firm outside, soft and juicy inside, and belong to the Melon family.
This cantaloupe salad recipe is slightly different from the regular ones like this Cantaloupe Juice.
Midday is the time when the stomach slightly craves snacks. Having a habit of snacking on fruits or vegetables is good for us.
Cantaloupe. In the summer, stores or the farmer's market are loaded with fresh fruits. Choose ripe ones. For this, gently press the skin. It should feel firm, neither hard nor soft.
Green pepper. Provides a contrasting look to the salad. Adding green pepper will not make the salad spicy, but coat the cantaloupe cubes with a pleasing peppery aroma.
Tomato. Various tomato plays perfectly; cherry and plum tomato adds extra value to the savory cantaloupe salad.
Lemon. A star ingredient that brings all other elements together.
How to make
Assemble all the ingredients on the chopping board. Wash and clean cantaloupe, green pepper, and tomatoes. Refer to this cantaloupe cutting guide for a straightforward method.
Dice them into bite sizes evenly. In a bowl, gently mix all the diced ingredients. Squeeze lemon juice over it, add salt and crushed peppercorns. Taste it and adjust the salt and lemon juice here. Add finely chopped green chilies to the salad if you wish to add heat.
Transfer the Cantaloupe Salad to the serving bowl. Serve them with spicy tortilla chips or Indian Papad. This is an easy, savory snack that all ages would love.
How to serve?
As a side salad. This savory cantaloupe salad is an excellent fit to serve as a side dish with grilled or barbecued meat or chicken.
As appetizer. The soft cantaloupe, the crunchy green pepper, and the moist tomato make the salad worthy enough to serve as a stand-alone appetizer. If you still need a pairing dish, enjoy with Spicy Tortilla Chips or spicy plantain chips.
As a meal. Add vegan protein like cooked chickpeas and Spicy tofu steak.
Storing and make-ahead ideas
To store. Transfer the leftover savory cantaloupe salad to an air-sealed container. And refrigerate to use within a day.
The tomato reacts with the lemon juice and tastes distinct after 6 hours. Hence, this fruit salad tastes good as soon as it is made.
Make ahead. Chop cantaloupe and green pepper and store them separately. Toss them in the lemon juice just before serving.
Other suggested customizations
Herbs. Mix in minced mint, cilantro, or basil for robust flavors.
Fruits. Banana, honeydew, and watermelon work fantastic with this savory cantaloupe salad.
Vegetables. The summer salad veggies like cucumber, carrot, celery, corn, or chopped kale would be awesome to toss along.
For the heat. Add chopped jalapeno for intense heat and depth.
Seasonings. Sprinkle seasonings like Old Bay, Cajun seasoning, or ground cayenne pepper for instant flavor lift.
Printable recipe card
Savory cantaloupe salad
- 2 cups cantaloupe bite size cubes
- ½ cup tomato bite-size cubes
- ½ cup green pepper bite-size cubes
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon whole black pepper coarsely ground
- ¼ teaspoon salt or as required
- In a mixing bowl, cantaloupe cubes, tomato, green pepper, lemon juice, crushed black pepper, and salt.
- Toss until all ingredients are combined well.
- Transfer to the serving bowl.