Sagwa Chamoe Saelleodeu (Melon Salad)

Sagwa chamoe is a melon native to Korea, predominantly grown by farmers in the Gyeonggi-do province. The creamy white flesh stays crunchy even when ripe. Look for it at Korean markets or make this salad with underripe honeydew. Read more about this recipe.

Sagwa Chamoe Saelleodeu (Melon Salad)
Photo: Ryan Liebe
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons umeboshi paste (see Tip)

  • 1 teaspoon perilla seeds (see Tip) or sesame seeds, toasted and coarsely ground, plus more for garnish

  • 1 teaspoon perilla oil (see Tip) or toasted sesame oil

  • ½ teaspoon honey or granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 cups cubed peeled sagwa chamoe or barely ripe honeydew melon (1-inch)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 - 3 fresh perilla (see Tip) or shiso leaves, minced, plus more for garnish


  1. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, umeboshi paste, perilla (or sesame) seeds, perilla (or sesame) oil, honey (or sugar) and salt in a small bowl.

  2. Toss melon with lemon juice in a large bowl. Add perilla (or shiso) leaves and the dressing and toss to coat. Garnish with more seeds and leaves, if desired.


Grassy with hints of licorice, perilla leaves are often used in fermented vegetables and to wrap meat before grilling, while the seeds can be used as a garnish or pressed for their oil.Made from salted, fermented and dried ume (a type of stone fruit), umeboshi paste lends a tangy, astringent note. You can make your own by passing finely chopped umeboshi through a fine-mesh sieve. Some large grocery stores sell these Korean pantry staples, but you may need to visit your local Korean or Asian market or order them online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

117 Calories
6g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 117
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 87IU 2%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Potassium 396mg 8%

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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