If you’re bored with cantaloupe—or you just plain don’t like it raw—try adding unexpected flavors or using it in a savory dish.
There are many ways to give the fruit some zing. In Mexico, cantaloupe is eaten with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of chile powder, says cygnet2. And roasting cantaloupe completely changes its flavor, according to ipsedixit, who says, “You may not like fresh cantaloupe, but roasted might be a different story.”
Melon carpaccio can be a “lovely, refreshing appetizer,” says LulusMom, and the recipe she uses features fresh tarragon, olive oil, and lime. Cantaloupes can also work as part of a main course. Cherylptw spoons salsa—made of diced melon, red bell pepper, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice, ground cumin, and salt and pepper—over chicken, fish, or pork.
And of course the fruit is a natural in desserts. “I make a cantaloupe sorbet with orange zest and the juice from the orange,” says JEN10. Fellow hound herbivore_mi suggests a frozen treat of “[c]antaloupe + coconut milk + pinch of salt. Blend well. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. You’ll have no complaints.”
Discuss: Cantaloupe… Ugh.