To prepare syrup, combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes or until mixture is slightly syrupy. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 cup mint and rind. Let stand 30 minutes. Strain syrup through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids.
To prepare salad, combine cantaloupe and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add syrup; toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
What a great fruit salad! All you need to do is buy a bunch of fruit, add a few extras and mix it all together. I'm not a huge fan of ground red pepper , but still loved this. It was a big hit with the family.
I made this salad for a cookout and everyone raved about it. I reduced the amount of cayenne a little because there were children at the event but it was still spectacular. I will definitely make this one again.
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