Cantaloupe is a delicious fruit, but you don’t frequently hear of it being used in a variety of ways. Most people toss it into a fruit salad or enjoy it as is for either a refreshing treat or a balanced breakfast.
Do you grow cantaloupe in your garden? By the end of the growing season are you struggling to figure out new ways to utilize the harvest?
But what if you could take things a step further? What if cantaloupe had many possibilities you hadn’t even thought of?
You’ve come to the right place. I’m going to share an assortment of unique cantaloupe recipes to help you use your cantaloupe harvest. You won’t look at cantaloupe the same after these clever and tasty ideas:
1. Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad
Cantaloupe and cucumbers can be grown in the same garden, and they both produce a bountiful harvest. Why not put them together in one delicious recipe?
If you’re looking for a healthy treat, reach for this idea. This salad has cantaloupe, cucumbers, feta cheese, lemon juice, and basil. It’s a party in your mouth, for sure!
2. Two Ingredient Cantaloupe Popsicles
Are you searching for a delicious way to cool down on a hot day? Reach for the cantaloupe and these simple cantaloupe recipes.
Cantaloupe can be blended with white grape juice and frozen in a popsicle mold. It makes a healthy and delicious treat.
3. Cantaloupe Sorbet
I love sorbet. It’s great to enjoy in between courses of a meal or as a fruity and healthy dessert. However you choose to enjoy it, know it’s easy to make.
4. Glazed Cantaloupe Salad
You’ve probably had cantaloupe in a fruit salad before. Grapes and cantaloupe usually go well together in this type of salad.
However, adding a glaze can make all the difference. This glaze is a simple mixture of maple syrup and cinnamon brought together with lemon juice.
5. Crock Pot Vanilla Cantaloupe Jam
I love making homemade jam. It tastes delicious on homemade bread and is a heck of a way to wake up each morning.
But I love it even more when I get to make it in a crockpot because I can set it and forget it. If you love the flavors of cantaloupe and vanilla, you’ll love this crockpot recipe for the perfect homemade jam.
6. Cantaloupe Smoothie
Don’t assume cantaloupe should be munched on during the breakfast hour. You can sip on it too and enjoy every moment.
7. Salted Caramel Cantaloupe
If your mouth isn’t watering by reading the title of these cantaloupe recipes, you must have your taste buds checked. The words salted and caramel are enough to make anyone salivate.
But what makes this recipe awesome is how simple it is. Chop up the cantaloupe, drizzle with agave, and sprinkle with salt. It caramelizes on its own for a delicious and naturally sweet treat.
8. Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
Do you enjoy making homemade beverages? If you do, agua frescas are most likely high on your list.
An agua fresca is pureed fruit, a little sugar, and lime juice. In this version, the pureed fruit comes from refreshing cantaloupe. You’ll love it!
9. Spiced Cantaloupe Tea Loaf
I’m not sure how, but for some reason, most people don’t associate cantaloupe with making a dessert bread.
But you will after checking out this delicious idea. It’s a moist loaf of bread filled with spices and grated cantaloupe. This recipe will make it difficult for you to forget cantaloupe the next time someone offers a piece of sweet bread.
10. Cantaloupe Slushies
Are you looking for a fun adult beverage which will also incorporate some of the harvests from this year’s garden?
These slushies are a delicious way to use your cantaloupe while cooling down and relaxing. They’re easy to make and create a vibrant drink too.
11. Cantaloupe Pie
Who says pies must be difficult to make? This recipe for a cantaloupe pie is easy to make and sounds delicious.
If you enjoy the flavor of cantaloupe, cream cheese, orange juice, and sugar tucked neatly into a graham cracker crust, you’ve found your new favorite dessert.
12. Cantaloupe Muffins
Muffins are the perfect morning treat. They’re easy to grab when you’re in a hurry, you can bake them ahead of time, and kids love them too.
Why not incorporate your cantaloupe into your morning muffin routine? These spice filled muffins are a great way to start your day.
13. Spiralized Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Salad
Many people are trying to enjoy a diet with fewer carbohydrates, and one way of doing this (without feeling as though you’re missing out on pasta) is to spiralize fruits and vegetables.
You can spiralize cantaloupe and add them to this tasty salad. Between the meat and cheese, it should be a filling meal.
14. Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cantaloupe
It probably hasn’t crossed your mind to begin grilling fresh fruits, but after seeing this delicious idea, you’ll probably fire up your grill the first chance you get.
This cantaloupe is glazed in paprika and honey before being placed on the grill for perfect grill marks. It caramelizes the fruit and makes a delicious treat.
15. Cantaloupe Gazpacho
Don’t let the name of this dish turn you away. If you’re unfamiliar with a gazpacho, it’s basically a cold soup.
This gazpacho is filled with tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and topped off with scrumptious bacon bits. What a great soup to indulge in on a hot day!
16. Cantaloupe Martini
Are you looking for a delicious yet different drink to impress your friends or co-workers with at your next get together?
Look no further than this fresh-tasting cantaloupe martini. It tastes like summer in your mouth with each sip you take.
17. Cantaloupe Sangria
When people consider adult beverages, cantaloupe isn’t the first flavor to come to mind. Yet, it has a ton of possibilities.
If you enjoy sangria, put your cantaloupe to work. It’s a simple mix of chardonnay wine, cantaloupe chunks and juice, and sparkling water.
18. Grilled Cantaloupe Black Bean Salad
I love black beans. I know, they aren’t as good for you as some beans, but my taste buds could care less. But I honestly enjoy them!
Instead of eating traditional black beans, this recipe introduces some unique flavors to a black bean salad such as grilled cantaloupe. Give it a try when your cantaloupes are ripe and ready to go.
19. Cantaloupe Cucumber Salsa
Salsa is one of those delicious treats which can be enjoyed in many ways. You can go with traditional tomato-based salsa or add a fun twist and create fruit salsas.
20. Cantaloupe Chicken Salad
Chicken salad has a variety of ways it can be enjoyed. Some people enjoy the chicken salad only in a mayonnaise-based sauce.
Others prefer it with fruit. If you like fruit in your chicken salad, you must try adding your cantaloupe in the mix and using this recipe’s Dijon sauce.
21. Dehydrated Cantaloupe
When cantaloupes begin to produce, it’s hard to eat them all before they begin to turn bad. You don’t have waste any of your harvests if you use this method.
Instead of eating the cantaloupe fresh, dehydrate it. It can be enjoyed longer, and you can dip it in chocolate for an easy sweet treat.
You now have over 20 different cantaloupe recipes to ensure you enjoy your harvest. Hopefully this will keep your taste buds hopping and your cantaloupe from going to waste.
Enjoy these new cantaloupe recipes, share them, and find new reasons to grow more cantaloupe next year!