Melon Salad with Lime-Ginger Syrup

Photo: Jonathan Kantor
Scoop out sweet melon balls for a side salad that's sure to complement any summer main dish.


Serves: 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups melon balls, 1 tbsp. syrup)

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes
Chill: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 139
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrate 35 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 32 mg
Calcium 22 mg


1/4 medium seedless watermelon
1/2 large ripe cantaloupe
1/2 large ripe honeydew
1 tablespoon thinly sliced mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1/4 cup sugar
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1/4 cup lime juice (from about 3 small limes)


1. Using a melon baller, scoop 1-inch balls from melons and combine in a bowl. Fold in mint and zest. Refrigerate.

2. Bring sugar, 1/3 cup water and ginger to a boil in a pan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil until reduced by half and syrupy, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Pour into a container and refrigerate until chilled.

3. When ready to serve, spoon melon balls into 4 bowls. Strain syrup and spoon 1 Tbsp. over each bowl. Garnish with more mint, if desired.


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