9 things to do with melons

Melons make a refreshing, healthy snack on a hot summer day’and they’re also very versatile. Here are nine fresh and tasty things to do with melons

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An easy low-cal snack

Due to melon‘s water content (as much as 90 percent-compare that to, say, a banana, which has 75 percent), they are especially low in calories. One cup (250 mL) of cubes has:

• Watermelon: 48 calories
• Cantaloupe: 57 calories
• Casaba: 50 calories
• Honeydew: 65 calories

Tip: Before cutting into a melon, wash and scrub it with warm water and a clean produce brush.

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1. Melon Soup

Crave a cool soup? Blend cantaloupe with orange juice, a little lime juice, a small knob of ginger (minced) and a pinch of cinnamon. Chill and serve with a dollop of low-fat sour cream or yogurt.

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woman eating watermelon

2. Watermelon Salsa

In a food processor, pulse a can of black beans, a jalapeño pepper, a small sweet onion, a handful of cilantro and a clove of garlic until chopped. Add watermelon cubes and pulse briefly. Serve with grilled chicken, pork or fish.

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3. Melon Kebabs

For a colourful picnic treat, alternate chunks of red and yellow watermelon, orange cantaloupe and green honeydew on bamboo skewers. Keep cool.

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watermelon feta salad

4. Melon Salad

An easy potluck salad: Toss watermelon chunks with cherry tomato halves, crumbled feta and lots of chopped fresh basil. Sprinkle with pine nuts, if desired. Drizzle olive oil and lime juice overtop.

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melon cup

5. Edible Fruit Bowls

Cut a Persian melon or small cantaloupe in half, remove the seeds and use as an individual serving dish for sorbets, frozen yogurt, fresh berries or even a salad.

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honeydew melon

6. Starter Salad

Arrange slices of honeydew and avocado on top of mixed lettuce leaves. Drizzle with an olive oil and vinegar dressing.

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7. Melon Smoothie

Purée chunks of honeydew or cantaloupe with a banana, fresh berries and low-fat yogurt.

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watermelon punch

8. Sparkling Watermelon Punch

For a quick summertime refresher, purée watermelon cubes until liquid. Pour in an equal amount of still or sparkling rosé wine. Serve over ice with lime slices.

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melon prosciutto

9. Easy Melon Appetizer

To make an Italian-style appetizer, cut a honeydew or cantaloupe into thin slices and remove skin. Wrap each piece with a slice of prosciutto (or cooked ham) and skewer with a toothpick.

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