Melon with ginger-mint syrup

Total Time
25 min
15 min
10 min
This easy fresh fruit salad is sure to be popular at your next summer party, thanks to its sweet flavors and colorful, eye-catching appearance. Serve it for a snack, dessert, or even for breakfast—enjoy it with 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt. When selecting cantaloupes and honeydew melons, look for ones with a sweet aroma emanating from the stem, which is a sign of ripeness. For watermelons, it’s not quite as easy, but look for is a yellow or creamy white spot on the bottom of the melon. The infused syrup gets its sweetness from the agave syrup, but you can substitute maple syrup, if you like. Cooking it concentrates the flavors and thickens it, giving it more body to coat the fruit.




Agave nectar

2 Tbsp

Fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp

Fresh ginger

½ tsp, grated peeled fresh

Table salt

¼ tsp

Lime zest

½ Tbsp, zest of 1/2 lime


1 cup(s), diced, chunks


1 cup(s), chunks

Honeydew melon

1 cup(s), ball(s), chunks

Fresh mint leaves

1 Tbsp, finely chopped

Crystallized ginger

1 Tbsp, very thinly sliced


  1. Combine water, agave nectar, lime juice, fresh ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in small saucepan; bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced to scant 1/4 cup, about 6 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl and stir in lime zest. Let stand until cool.
  2. Add melon, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, mint, and crystallized ginger to bowl, and toss gently to combine. Serve at once.
  3. Per serving: 1 cup fruit with 1 tablespoon syrup