How to Peel a Melon (Plus a recipe!)

Back in the day, I worked in a snazzy deli where I made lots of salads. Pasta salad, fruit salad, rice salad, bean salad, pea salad, cold salads, and hot salads. Just about every salad you can imagine. We always had freshly made fruit salad, so as you can imagine I had to prep a lot of fruit including melons. If you are in a hurry to make salad, or feed a crowd with a melon, this is a great way to get it peeled and served up in a hurry. It's simple, and you can get it done in just a few minutes. Observe!

Rinse your melon if it's farm fresh. I cut my melon in half because I was only going to use half for my recipe. Clean the seeds out.

Cut off the end. Lay it on your cutting board, flat side down. Start to slice the rind off, with straight downward cuts. 

Ta-da! Easy peasy. If there are little bits of rind, just cut them off. 

Chop it up into cubes for a salad, or slices just to eat by themselves. 
When we get a melon I like clean it right away, and cut it into cubes or slices so the kids can go right to the fridge and get a piece without my having to cut it each time. (Healthy snack!) Store it in a rubbermaid container, or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Experience has shown me that the melon gets used up more efficiently this way as well. When it's left whole, I find that I never really get around to cutting up the rest of the melon and often times it will just end up in the trash from sitting too long.

This half of my melon I used for the following recipe!

Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad with Mint

2 cups of cubed Cantaloupe
1 cup of seeded and cubed Cucumber
1/4 cup of sliced Red Onion
1 tsp of mint Chiffinade


Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
1 tsp of Lemon Zest
1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt
2 Tbl of Mayonnaise
1 tsp Wild Honey

Stir together all your dressing ingredients in a bowl and pour it in a larger bowl with your fruit, cucumber, and onions. Mix gently to coat. Sprinkle with mint. Serve cooled, the same day.

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  1. Thanks so much for joining the Say G'Day Saturday linky party this week. I've just pinned your post to the Say G'Day Saturday board.

    Best wishes for a great week.
    Natasha in Oz



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