Melon Ball Skewers with Basil-Mint Dressing

By Alexandra Caspero on July 21, 2016

Melon Ball Skewers with Basil-Mint Dressing. A refreshing snack or dessert for summer! Vegan and Gluten-Free. 

Skewering your food is so. much. fun.

I stocked up on these bamboo skewers from World Market a few weeks ago and have been trying to kebob as many things as possible. Tofu with mint pesto, peaches and halloumi and now- brightly colored melon balls.

I honestly don’t know what’s more fun, mini melon balls or skewered food. So, I combined the two! Alternating melon balls of cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon drizzled with a bright, herb dressing.

Perfect for a hot summer day, I could easily see these skewers served for a baby/bridal shower or a fuss-free dinner party dessert. It’s fruit salad, elevated.

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This month’s Recipe Redux theme Get Your Fruits and Veggies in Shape: show us how you’re serving produce in shapes or creative cut-outs.

Since I’ve always been one to play with my food, this theme totally spoke to the kid in me. As a child, I thought my mom’s melon baller was the coolest kitchen tool ever. She would ball giant watermelons and put them in a bowl for us to graze on throughout the day.

I’m sure we would have eaten the watermelon either way, but I remember the fun my sisters and I had grabbing the individual balls and tossing them in our mouths (or trying to throw them in each others mouths). I like to think my mom knew what she was doing- introducing fruit in a creative way, one that made it just as exciting as other snack options.

Melon Ball Skewers with Basil-Mint Dressing. A refreshing snack or dessert for summer! Vegan and Gluten-Free | www.delishknowledge.com

Like most my produce recipes, this one is super adaptable. Put the balls on the skewers or don’t, it’s great either way. Use three different melons, or just one.

The basil-mint dressing complements the melon beautifully! A little sweet, a little savory, perfect for summer.

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If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Melon Ball Skewers with Basil-Mint Dressing

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: ~20 skewers

Description

Melon Ball Skewers with Basil-Mint Dressing. A refreshing snack or dessert for summer! Vegan and Gluten-Free.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: ~20 skewers
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: ~20 skewers
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Ingredients

  • 1 mini seedless watermelon
  • 1 small honeydew melon
  • 1 small cantaloupe
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped mint leaves plus whole sprigs, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves plus whole sprigs, for garnish
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Scoop the watermelon, melon and cantaloupe using a melon baller.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the chopped mint, basil, lemon juice and maple syrup. Puree until smooth.
  3. Place melon balls and a basil or mint leaf on skewers, then arrange on a platter.
  4. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve

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    1. Fiona
      July 24, 2016 AT 10:10 am

      Like you said, this looks perfect for hit summer days when you want something light to eat. The vinaigrette sounds so good!

    2. Glenda Bishop
      July 22, 2016 AT 11:36 pm

      Melon balls on skewers… great minds think alike. Adding basil as well as mint is a great idea too.

    3. Glenda Bishop
      July 22, 2016 AT 11:36 pm

      Melon balls on skewers… great minds think alike. Adding basil as well as mint is a great idea too.

    4. Lauren Grant
      July 22, 2016 AT 12:44 pm

      You can never go wrong with basil and mint with fruit. Love the skewer idea, great for a party or get-together this summer!

    5. Lauren Grant
      July 22, 2016 AT 12:44 pm

      You can never go wrong with basil and mint with fruit. Love the skewer idea, great for a party or get-together this summer!

    6. The Domestic Dietitian
      July 21, 2016 AT 8:58 pm

      Looks so pretty and refreshing! I love that it’s on sticks…because who doesn’t love food you can eat on a stick!!

    7. Farrah
      July 21, 2016 AT 7:09 pm

      This looks so tasty! <3 I need to go get some cantaloupe/honeydew and a melon baller! :O

    8. Farrah
      July 21, 2016 AT 7:09 pm

      This looks so tasty! <3 I need to go get some cantaloupe/honeydew and a melon baller! :O

    9. Rebecca @ Strength & Sunshine
      July 21, 2016 AT 12:55 pm

      This is so cute! I need to get a melon baller!

    10. Rebecca @ Strength & Sunshine
      July 21, 2016 AT 12:55 pm

      This is so cute! I need to get a melon baller!