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Published on August 24th, 2010 | by Rachel Shulman

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Top 10 Melon Salad Recipes to Try this Summer

When we started to harvest cantaloupe at the farm last week, I knew right away what I’d do with them: make melon salad. Sure, melons are great raw as snacks and make lovely desserts, but I like these summer fruit even better in savory, spicy salads. Here are my top ten favorite melon salad recipes!

1. Watermelon and Feta Salad with Chopped Vegetables – You can find most of the ingredients for this simple melon salad recipe at your farmers market or in your garden. Plus, I love the creamy dressing! (Vegetarian)

2. Zucchini Melon Salad – Honeydew and smoked chicken breast pair well with zucchini, one of summer’s most bountiful crops. Omit the chicken for a vegetarian version.

3. Melon with Feta, Red Onion, and Pine Nuts – One of my all-time favorite melon salad recipes. I love the way sweet onions and toasty nuts enhance the flavor of honeydew. (Vegetarian)

4. Savory Melon Salad in Honeydew Vinaigrette – This salad is fancy enough for company. Baby mustard greens, frisée, and fennel are topped with three kinds of melon and dressed with a honeydew vinaigrette that you’ll want to make again and again.

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5. Tomato and Watermelon Salad – This salad proves that tomatoes and watermelon were born for each other. (Vegan)

6. Picante Three-Melon Salad – The perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and salty. (Vegan)

7. Cucumber-Watermelon Salad – Another spicy melon salad. The pistachios make the dish. (Vegan)

8. Honeydew and Cucumber Salad with Sesame – This Asian-inspired salad is perfect for a summer picnic or barbecue. (Vegan)

9. Grilled Watermelon and Tomato Salad – Use heirloom tomatoes to make this crowd-pleaser. (Vegan)

10. Jícama-Melon Salad – This exotic version of Pico de Gallo is refreshing on a hot day. The sweetness of melons and oranges is balanced by crunchy jícama, pomegranate seeds, lime juice, and chili powder. (Vegan)

Image Credits: foodiesathome.com via a Creative Commons license; Watermelon photo via Shutterstock

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I'm an ecologist turned journalist turned farmer-in-training. I'm currently working on an organic farm and creamery in Illinois. Follow me on twitter (http://twitter.com/rachelshulman), friend me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=3105709), or follow me on StumbleUpon (http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/RachelShulman/).



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