Often used as a prime ingredient in salads (Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad, for instance), cantaloupe can be used in ingenuous ways. Try our recipes ranging from Pork Barbecue with Melon Salsa or Strawberry-Melon Soup with Ginger Melon Balls to Fresh Melon Quenchers.

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Melon Sorbet

Food & Wine

Jeni Britton's easy sugar syrup can be mixed with almost any fruit puree and churned in an ice cream maker to make sorbet. During the summer, she loves sorbets made with locally grown heirloom melons and ruby-red sour cherries.

Total: 45 mins

Cantaloupe with Red Wine Syrup

Fine Cooking Books

This recipe, excerpted from the cookbook Dessert Express, is a simple way to dress up cantaloupe for a dinner party-worthy dessert. Chilling the bowls in the freezer makes the dessert even more refreshing as you enjoy it on a warm summer night.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon with Mint & White Balsamic Vinegar

Fine Cooking Magazine

This riff on a classic Italian hors d'oeuvre is a great way to start a summer gathering.

Festive Fruit Platter

Betty Crocker

Have a big party coming up? Keep dessert simple by serving this eye-catching platter of fresh fruit and a sour cream dip.

Total: 35 mins

Sorbet Melon Parfaits

Better Homes and Gardens

To avoid cutting into three different melons, look for melons already cut in balls or cubes in a supermarket produce section. Or use 2 cups of a single melon variety.

Total: 15 mins

Minted Watermelon Basket

Betty Crocker

An eye-catching centerpiece for any brunch, this four-fruit salad features the delicate flavor of mint.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Vanilla-Orange Flan

Food & Wine

This thick, creamy flan -- Jose Garces's mother's recipe -- is a staple in his household. Garces likes to serve it alongside a refreshing salad of melon and citrus.

Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

Salmon with Cantaloupe and Fried Shallots

Food & Wine

John Shields of Town House in the small town of Chilhowie, Virginia, composed this dish from ingredients he picked up at his local supermarket. The magic is in the play of textures and flavors: The salmon skin and shallots--both potato-chip crisp-- are wonderful with the tender, flaky fish and sweet pieces of melon. Best New Chef 2010: John Shields

Total: 45 mins

Gingered Cantaloupe and Blackberry Shortcakes

Midwest Living

There's a reason shortcake is a favorite dessert--it's a scrumptious showcase for summer fruit.

Cantaloupe and Chicken Salad

Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker's Living with Cancer Cookbook shares a recipe! Enjoy this cool salad on a warm night. The moist and tasty fruits and tangy dressing make it especially refreshing.

Total: 20 mins

Sweet Melon Cup

Better Homes and Gardens

A sweet wine sauce tossed with fresh melons makes for a light dessert.

Layered Yogurt Fruit Salad

Betty Crocker

It's sheer bliss - lots of fresh fruit topped with creamy yogurt.

Total: 15 mins

Fruit Kabobs

Better Homes and Gardens

Kabobs are a fun and easy way to serve fruit for parties. The low-cal dip makes it a welcome buffet table topper.

Warm Melon with Herbed Ginger Glaze

Better Homes and Gardens

Pair this tropical grilled side dish with fish, pork, or poultry.

Farmer's Market Melon Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

Choose a fresh melon from farmer's market for this creamy melon, yogurt, and ginger blended and chilled soup recipe. Serve it as a side dish, with the serrano peppers, or without the peppers for a refreshing dessert.

Herbed Melon Frozen Yogurt

Better Homes and Gardens

Yogurt and honey give a silky texture to this frozen dessert that's infused with pineapple sage.

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