Melon Salad with Chili and Mint

Summery Melon Salad with fresh cantaloupe and honeydew melon, diced, and tossed with lemon or lime, mint, and serrano chili.

Melon Salad with Chili and Mint
Elise Bauer

It may seem somewhat counterintuitive, but sweet melons such as cantaloupe, honeydew, or watermelon taste even more special with a little salt to balance their sweetness.

This is why watermelon with feta is such a classic summer salad. We've taken this idea a little further by adding a touch of zing from chiles to our melon salad.

Don't overdo it with the chiles! There should be just enough to make your tongue tingle.

That along with the sweetness from the melons, a little lime or lemon juice, some mint, and a dash of salt, and you have a summer melon symphony.


Melon Salad with Chili and Mint
Elise Bauer

Melon Salad with Chili and Mint

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 3 to 4 servings

Experiment with different shapes for the diced melon, including using a melon baller if you have one. This melon salad holds up well in the fridge, but the mint should be added at service.

This recipe easily scales up.

Feel free to toss some crumbled salty cotija or feta cheese into the salad!


  • 4 cups diced melon, honeydew, cantaloupe, or ambrosia melon, or a mixture, about 1 large or 2 small melons

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more or less to taste

  • 1/2 serrano chile, minced (taste the chile first to determine its heat, then add more or less to taste)

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice or lemon juice

  • 10 large fresh spearmint leaves


  1. Toss melon with salt:

    Put the diced melon into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and toss to combine.

  2. Add the lime or lemon juice and minced chili:

    Toss to combine. Chiles vary in their level of hotness, so start with a small amount (maybe 1 teaspoon minced), and add more to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  3. When you are ready to serve, slice the mint leaves thin and gently combine with the diced melon:

    The easiest way to slice the mint is to chiffonade it: stack the mint leaves, roll them into a cigar shape and slice thin.


Cucumber Melon Salad, from Not Eating Out in New York

Thai Melon Salad, from Viet World Kitchen

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
59 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 63mg 317%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 458mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.