Melon Salad with Chili and Mint

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!

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4


  • 4 cups of 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
  • About 1/2 serrano chile, minced (taste the chile first to determine its heat, then add more or less to taste)
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp 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.

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  • Praveen Kumar

    This looks yummy.
    I substitued the serrano chile with red chilli powder and kosher salt with regular salt. I am not sure if it might have affected the taste much but to me, it was ok.

  • Ashley

    I love putting salt on sweet melons. The addition of chile and mint here sounds wonderful!

  • Jerry

    I live in an area that produces watermelon, cantaloupe and peaches. This recipe inspired me to combine those with a cucumber and mint from the garden. I sprinkled it all with Tajin Seasoning (chili and lime). Winner, winner…. Amazing flavor!

  • Mai

    Would dry pepper flakes be a good substitute for the serrano chili? Thx!

  • Audrey

    Black pepper is also great on bananas and strawberries.

  • Ella

    Will have to try this soon!
    Speaking of strange pairings… My husband always puts ground pepper on his cantaloupe. I didn’t believe him for a long time but after trying it, it really does give an amazing flavor to the cantaloupe.

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  • Jeff @ Cheeseburger

    This salad is surprisingly delicious. It tastes like summer.