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Spicy Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad

Spicy Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad

Spicy Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad

I wasn’t going to post this recipe, but since it’s the end of the summer, it’s kind of our last opportunity to get locally grown cantaloupe and cucumbers. So why not stretch out summer a little bit longer and make fruit salad?

I wasn’t sure how this recipe would turn out, to be honest. It sounded like a mishmash of flavors and I couldn’t imagine how it would taste. Since I have so many Hungarian black peppers and mint leaves to use, I thought I’d take a risk and try it anyway. I’m glad I did—it’s so different and it makes a refreshing, light side for a heavier meal. Of course, it helps that I managed to pick out the perfect cantaloupe to use in this—any recipe involving melon is only as good as the fruit you use! Last summer, a vendor at the farmers market taught me how to tell which melons were ripe and which ones weren’t and I’m getting good at it now. (The secret, in case you were wondering, is not thumping the side, but smelling the blossom-end. You might look like a crazy sniffing all the cantaloupes at the supermarket, but it works. Really!)

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Spicy Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad

A fresh, spicy fruit salad slightly adapted from Everyday Food's Grilled Fish with Spicy Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 small red or green jalapeno halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves
  • 1 English cucumber halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cantaloupe peeled, seeded, flesh thinly sliced


  • Whisk together soy sauce, lime juice, and ginger in a small bowl.
  • In a large bowl, combine jalapeno, mint leaves, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Add dressing and stir to coat.
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  • Reply
    September 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Never would have thought of this combination. Sounds really good.

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      The Type A Housewife
      September 19, 2011 at 12:49 am

      Me neither–and the original recipe called for fish sauce which, IMO, would have been even stranger. But it tastes good and that’s what matters!

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    September 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    That sounds so unique and tasty! The picture is gorgeous and so fresh and summery!

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      The Type A Housewife
      September 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks! I’ve been making lots of fruit salads with watermelon and cantaloupe lately because this is the tail-end of availability for the local ones. I’m going to miss summer!

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    June 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    looks so refreshing! I have melon, need to get cukes!

    • Reply
      June 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      It is! We love having it on a hot day. And it’s nice not to have to make a side that needs to be cooked too.

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    December 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I made this salad to bring to friends while staying in Mexico…it was a hit…everyone was quite surprised with the mixture. It was refreshing given the hot climate in Merida Mexico. Thanks! I’ll be making this again!

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