Mixed Melon Fruit Salad (with honey, lime, and mint)

This Mixed Melon Fruit Salad is an incredibly refreshing combination of various juicy melons, tossed with a honey, lime, and mint dressing. Summer fruit at its finest!

Mixed melon fruit salad in a white bowl on a dark surface.

Why You’ll Love This

Fresh cantaloupe, seedless watermelon, and honeydew melon are tossed with honey, lime juice, lime zest, and fresh mint that come together with bright, crisp, fresh flavors everyone will love.

Each melon contributes its own unique characteristics, resulting in a refreshing, juicy, and visually appealing dish that is perfect for summertime.

The fresh mint adds a cooling note that complements the natural sweetness of melons. The lime zest and juice add a bright and tangy zip.

This melon salad is perfect for a summer potluck, barbecue, snack, breakfast, light lunch, or side dish.

It’s easy to make and great use for leftover melons.

Some of our other favorite summer fruit recipes are Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Berry Parfait, Blueberry Pie (that’s not runny), Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake, and Fresh Strawberry Pie with Jello.

Ingredients for melon fruit salad on a dark surface.

Ingredients Needed

Just a few simple ingredients combined for one fantastically flavored fruit salad.

  • Cantaloupe– Cantaloupe has warm orange flesh and a distinct sweet aroma.
  • Watermelon – Choose a personal seedless watermelon. The bright red flesh of the watermelon provides a refreshing and crisp element to the salad. Its natural sweetness balances well with the other melons.
  • Honeydew Melon – Honeydew melon has pale green flesh and a mild, subtly sweet flavor. It offers a delicate and smooth texture that complements the juiciness of the watermelon.
  • Dressing – Honey, lime juice, lime zest, and fresh mint.

How to Choose Ripe Melons

  • Watermelons – A sweet, juicy ripe watermelon will feel heavy and have a large yellow spot on one side. It should sound hollow when you knock on the watermelon.
  • Honeydew Melons – A ripe honeydew should have more yellow skin than green. When pressing on the bottom, it should feel slightly soft.
  • Cantaloupe – The skin should not be green. If it’s green, it’s not ripe. It should smell sweet and be firm but not rock-hard.

How to Cut Melons

Cantaloupe cut in half and skin cut off on a dark cutting board.
Cantaloupe cut into cubes on a dark cutting board.

Place the melon on a flat surface. With a sharp knife, slice the melon in half. Scoop out the seeds and pulp from the honeydew and cantaloupe.

Slice the end off, then place it cut side down, and slice off the skin from top to bottom.

Slice the melon into slabs, then dice it into cubes.

How to Make Mixed Melon Fruit Salad

Dice the melons into cubes about 1 inch in size to 1-1/2 inches. Place them in a large bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Drain any liquid that has accumulated at the bottom of the bowl. Sprinkle the lime zest and fresh mint over the melons.

Watermelon cubes, honeydew melon cubes, and cantaloupe cubes in a glass mixing bowl on a dark surface.
Lime juice, lime zest, honey, a fresh chopped mint on a dark cutting board.

Whisk together the lime juice and honey in a small bowl or measuring cup. Pour over the melons and gently toss to coat evenly.

Honey lime dressing being poured over the mixed melon fruit salad.
Dressed melon fruit salad in a large glass mixing bowl on a dark surface.

Serve this summer melon salad, and enjoy!

Mixed melon fruit salad in a white bowl on a dark surface.
There is nothing better on a hot summer day than a crisp, juicy melon salad.


  • You can use a melon baller to scoop out bite-sized melon balls instead of dicing the melons for this salad recipe. I just find it much easier to dice.
  • Want a vegan version? Use agave instead of honey.
  • Before squeezing the limes, roll them on the counter with the palm of your hand to help release the juice.
  • Try placing the leftovers in a blender to make a delicious smoothie!


  • Add some chopped fresh basil.
  • Add your favorite berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
  • Toss in some salty feta cheese, red onion, and black pepper for a savory bite.


Can this melon salad be made ahead?

I don’t recommend making this ahead of time. Melons contain a lot of water that breaks the melon pieces down very quickly. But you can dice the melon, place it in an airtight container, and refrigerate it for up to a few hours before serving. Just be sure to drain the melon before adding the dressing when you are ready to serve.


This summer salad is best enjoyed immediately, but if you have leftovers you can place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. The melons will start to break down pretty quickly.

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Mixed melon fruit salad in a white bowl on a dark surface.

Mixed Melon Fruit Salad

A refreshing summer melon salad made with juicy watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew tossed in a deliciously tangy honey lime mint dressing.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 11 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Leigh Harris


  • 1/2 large Honeydew melon
  • 1/2 large Cantaloupe
  • 1/2 large Personal size seedless watermelon
  • 1 tsp Lime zest zest one large lime
  • 1/3 cup Fresh mint about 3-4 sprigs
  • 3 tbsp Lime juice about one large lime
  • 2 tbsp Honey or agava


  • Dice the melons into 1-inch cubes. Place them in a large mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
    1/2 large Honeydew melon, 1/2 large Cantaloupe, 1/2 large Personal size seedless watermelon
  • When ready to serve drain any excess liquid from the mixing bowl. Sprinkle the fresh mint and lime zest over the melons.
    1 tsp Lime zest, 1/3 cup Fresh mint
  • In a measuring cup or small bowl whisk together the lime juice and honey.
    3 tbsp Lime juice, 2 tbsp Honey
  • Drizzle the dressing over the fruit and toss gently until evenly coated.
  • Serve immediately.


Make Ahead – This salad is best served immediately. If you need to make ahead dice the melons, place them in an airtight container, and refrigerate them undressed for a couple of hours. When ready to serve add the lime zest and mint, drizzle with the dressing, and serve.
Storing – Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Try tossing it in a blender for a refreshing smoothie!


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 4589IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

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