Cantaloupe Salad with Lime, Pepitas & Cotija

This refreshing cantaloupe salad is tossed with tangy lime and garnished with crunchy pepitas and salty cotija cheese. Chili powder and cumin add a Southwestern spin. Enjoy as dinner side or light lunch.

Cantaloupe Salad with Lime, Pepitas & Cotija
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 6 cups cubed cantaloupe (about 2 pounds)

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons roasted salted pepitas

  • 3 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese


  1. Gently stir cantaloupe, tomatoes, onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a large bowl.

  2. Whisk lime juice, jalapeño, honey, garlic, chili powder, cumin, 1 tablespoon cilantro and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl; gradually whisk in oil until combined. Drizzle over the cantaloupe mixture; toss gently to coat. Arrange the salad on a large platter; sprinkle with pepitas, cotija and the remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
13g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/3 cups
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 5972IU 119%
Sodium 291mg 13%
Potassium 583mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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