Give your fruit salad a boost of flavour! Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad is a lightly sweetened fresh summer salad served with a lime and maple syrup dressing. With a garnish of fresh mint, this is one refreshing salad.
Bring on the fresh fruit!! Once the weather is warm, it’s time for some fresh fruit. Whether it’s summertime (or still spring), there’s no better way to enjoy in-season fruit than with a fresh salad. With a naturally-sweetened fruity flavour, Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad is the perfect fresh treat.
What makes this salad extra special is its dressing. The simple combination of lime, maple syrup, fresh mint, and cinnamon amps up the flavours of the fruit. The salad is sweeter, more flavourful, and it turns a regular fruit salad into a delicious and healthy dessert.
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Each ingredient increases the flavour. Lime heightens the natural fruity flavour. Maple syrup adds to the sweetness. Mint adds a refreshing flavour. While cinnamon rounds out the salad’s yumminess. Yes, yumminess!!
A Simple and Tasty Fruit Salad
Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad may look fancy, but it’s surprisingly easy to make thanks to one simple kitchen tool – a melon baller. A melon baller is shaped like a cookie scoop and helps to create those round melon balls.
Melon balls not only look beautiful, but they’re also delicious. They’re a feast for the eyes and for the mouth. Each beautifully uniformed bite bursts with the sweetest part of the melon.
If you don’t have a melon baller, you can still make this recipe. You can use a cookie scoop or a rounded measuring spoon to form these fruity balls. Cookie scoops are actually great for making melon balls. The spring load action releases them so easily.
How to form melon into a ball shape
To make a perfect melon ball, first cut the cantaloupe in half and remove the seeds. Press the melon baller (or similar tool) fully into the cantaloupe’s flesh. Rotate the baller 180 degrees and you should have a perfectly formed melon ball in your spoon.
If you end up with some irregular chunks, try again. This time, press the melon baller more firmly into the fruit. With a small amount of pressure and a simple twist of the wrist, you can enjoy some delicious cantaloupe balls.
When you’re all done, keep the remaining cantaloupe rind. It’s the perfect serving bowl for a Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad.
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No matter where or when you serve it, Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad is always a hit. Bring it to potlucks, backyard barbecues, or family get-togethers, this salad is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds.
Can you make the fruit salad without melon balls?
Absolutely – Making this salad without turning the cantaloupe into ball shapes is totally doable!
If you’re not into shaping the cantaloupe into balls or you want to try something else, no worries. You can skip that part. Instead of using a special tool to shape the cantaloupe, you can just cut it into small pieces. This way, you’ll still get the sweetness of the cantaloupe, mixed with the blueberries and lime dressing.
Cutting the cantaloupe into pieces gives the dish a more laid-back feel. Plus, it’s quicker, which is handy when you’re busy or want a fast, refreshing dessert.
Whether you choose the ball shapes or the cut pieces, your Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad will be super tasty.
Ingredients for Blueberry Cantelope Salad
Get ready to dive into a bowl of refreshing goodness with this delightful Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad recipe. It’s a perfect blend of juicy cantaloupe and succulent blueberries, brought together by a drizzle of zesty lime juice, refreshing mint, and a touch of natural sweetness from maple syrup.
This recipe is all about enjoying the vibrant flavors of summer without breaking a sweat in the kitchen. With just a handful of ingredients, you’ll have a dish that’s sweet, tangy, and full of colors and flavors.
So, let’s grab the ingredients!
- Cantaloupe – The star of the show! Look for a ripe and fragrant cantaloupe. Its orange flesh brings a wonderful sweetness and a burst of color to the salad.
- Blueberries – These little blue gems are packed with antioxidants and add a burst of tartness that complements the cantaloupe’s sweetness.
- Lime Juice – Zesty and refreshing, lime juice adds a tangy twist to the salad, enhancing the overall taste.
- Maple Syrup – A drizzle of maple syrup adds natural sweetness that’s not overly sugary.
- Fresh Mint – Chopped fresh mint adds an herbal note that amplifies the freshness of the fruits. And makes the fruit salad even tastier.
- Cinnamon – Just a pinch of ground cinnamon works its magic, infusing the salad with warmth and a hint of spice.
How to Make Blueberry Cantelope Salad
Alright, let’s dive into making Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad. It’s way easier than it sounds, and the flavors are going to amaze you.
So, let’s get cooking!
Step 1: Prepping the Cantaloupe
Start by using a tool called a melon baller to scoop out those adorable cantaloupe melon balls. Picture it – small, round, and super juicy.
Step 2: Make the Dressing
The salad dressing is bursting with flavor and really simple to whip up. Even if you’re not used to making dressings from scratch, this one is definitely worth giving a shot.
In a small bowl, mix together some zingy lime juice, a bit of sweet maple syrup, some fresh mint for a burst of flavor, and a hint of cinnamon that adds a warm touch. This mix is going to be your secret weapon for making the salad pop.
Step 3: Mix it Together
Grab a nice big bowl and gently toss in those cantaloupe melon balls and the plump blueberries.
Now comes the fun part – drizzling that special lime dressing all over. It’s like giving your salad a big, flavorful hug. Mix it all up gently, letting the dressing make friends with the fruity goodness.
Step 4: Add the Fruit Salad to the Cantaloupe Rind
The truth is, you can enjoy this salad with and without the final step. But, it truly makes the dish look even more delicious. And in the end you have a dessert that’s as tasty as it is beautiful.
Carefully transfer your salad into either the cantaloupe rind or your chosen bowl. It’s like arranging a colorful bouquet and creating a rainbow of flavors that you can eat!
And there you have it – your Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad is ready. It’s sweet, tangy, and minty – the perfect summer tastes.
So, grab your fork and dive into this refreshing treat – you’ve earned every delicious bite!
What can you serve with Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad?
Wondering what delicious dishes can tag along with your Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad? Well, you’re in for a treat because there are plenty of tasty options to choose from!
Grilled chicken is a classic choice that marries the salad’s refreshing flavors with savory goodness. Think of Easy Greek Lemon Chicken, Tuscan Baked Chicken, or even Honey Soy Sriracha Baked Chicken – their combination is a true treat.
With these choices, you can mix and match to make a meal that’s just right for you!
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Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad
A fresh and refreshing take on a fruit salad with a lime and maple-sweetened dressing. The combination of cantaloupe melon balls and blueberry create a simple and delicious fruit salad that’s a real crowd pleaser.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: American/Canadian
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 cantaloupe, formed into melon balls
- 1 pint blueberries
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint
- 1/16 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- Using a melon baller, form cantaloupe into melon balls.
- In a small bowl, combine lime juice, maple syrup, mint, and cinnamon.
- Place cantaloupe and blueberries in a large bowl. Drizzle with lime dressing. Gently mix to combine.
- Transfer salad to cantaloupe rind or serve in a bowl.
- Serving Size: 1/4 fruit salad
- Calories: 44.22kcal
- Sugar: 8.63g
- Sodium: 6.39mg
- Fat: 0.22g
- Saturated Fat: 0.03g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0.09g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 11.17g
- Fiber: 1.39g
- Protein: 0.64g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: fruit salad, 5 ingredients fruit salad
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