Healthy Melon Recipes

Find healthy, delicious melon recipes, including honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Creamy Watermelon Smoothie

This creamy vegan watermelon smoothie has a subtle coconut flavor thanks to coconut-milk yogurt. Strawberries add color and banana adds a smooth texture while letting the watermelon flavor shine through.
By Marianne Williams

Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad

Rating: 4.83 stars
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Here's a healthy salad recipe to make at the height of summer when watermelon and cucumbers are at their juiciest and most flavorful. Feta adds the perfect creamy, salty, tangy edge, and mint makes this salad taste even brighter. This is one easy side salad you'll want to serve at all your summer BBQs.

White Gazpacho

Rating: 5 stars
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White gazpacho is made with bread, almonds, grapes and garlic and is one of the traditional Spanish gazpacho variations. In this white gazpacho soup recipe we add cucumbers and honeydew, whir it in a blender and it becomes silky, a little toasty (from the almonds) and refreshing.

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Rating: 5 stars
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This pretty pink cocktail would be perfect for a bridal shower luncheon. Any leftover pureed juice is refreshing on its own.

Pizza Roll-Up Bento Lunch

Rating: 3.63 stars
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This easy pizza-inspired roll-up is a kid-pleaser. Make crunchy vegetables more appealing by selecting colorful varieties like orange and purple cauliflower--and don't forget the dip! Keep 'em smiling with watermelon cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters.

Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
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In this watermelon and goat cheese salad, the contrasting flavors and textures of crisp, sweet melon and creamy, tangy goat cheese are magical partners. Top with sliced grilled chicken to make it a meal.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Rating: 4 stars
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This healthy smoothie recipe is the perfect way to cool off in the summer when cantaloupe is at its peak, adding plenty of sweetness to this healthy snack.

Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad with Fresh Za'atar

This juicy melon salad is seasoned with fresh oregano and thyme, sumac spice and toasted sesame seeds for a bright summertime take on the Middle Eastern spice blend za'atar.

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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This refreshing twist on the classic caprese salad replaces tomatoes with sweet, juicy watermelon. Basil and balsamic vinegar push this easy summer salad to the savory side, but if you want some sweeter notes, opt for balsamic glaze. An optional drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil at the end helps marry the flavors.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Rating: 5 stars
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The delicate flavors of cucumber and watermelon go hand in hand to create a sweet-and-savory chilled soup, perfect as a first course on a hot night.

Mojito Blueberry & Watermelon Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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Inspired by the classic mojito cocktail, this festive and healthy fruit salad gets zing from rum, lime and mint. The optional piment d'Espelette--a sweet, spicy ground pepper from the Basque region of France--adds a hint of heat that's a nice contrast to the sweet fruit. Look for this spice at specialty stores, well-stocked markets or online. You could also swap in chile-lime seasoning blend (such as Tajín) for a similar subtle kick or omit the spice altogether. Feel free to skip the rum if you prefer an alcohol-free salad. With or without the rum, this salad has summertime backyard BBQ written all over it.

Watermelon Juice

Rating: 5 stars
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Clean and simple, it just takes a blender to whip up this DIY watermelon juice. You can enjoy this refreshing drink with no added sugar on its own, or jazz it up with one of our variations (see below).
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Inspiration and Ideas

16 Watermelon Salad Recipes That Are Bright and Fresh
Add some brightness to your plate with these watermelon salad recipes. Watermelon can be used in sweet or savory salads as it pairs well with other fruit and vegetables. Not only is watermelon hydrating, it's also low in calories and carbohydrates. Watermelon is full of vitamin A, vitamin C and can be good for your heart. Recipes like Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad and Mojito Blueberry & Watermelon Salad are refreshing, delicious and enjoyable in the warm weather.
Our 15 Juiciest Watermelon Recipes to Brighten Your Summer
Watermelon is one of summer's most refreshing fruits, and these recipes take full advantage of the melon's cool-you-down power.

Watermelon Sorbet

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This incredibly refreshing icy dessert is made without using an ice cream maker.